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Catholic Answers Focus - Why do Catholics Follow “Traditions of Men” When the Bible Says Not To?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why do Catholics Follow “Traditions of Men” When the Bible Says Not To?

March 25, 2020

Do Catholics favor traditions of men over the word of God? Jimmy Akin next on Catholic Answers Focus.

Catholic Answers Focus - Spiritual Communion in a Time of Coronavirus

Catholic Answers Focus - Spiritual Communion in a Time of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

For many people, it looks likely that the next few weeks will not offer a realistic opportunity to go to Mass. Our chaplain joins us for a conversation about the powerful option of “Spiritual Communion” during this time, and any time.

Catholic Answers Focus - Coronavirus and the Catholic Church

Catholic Answers Focus - Coronavirus and the Catholic Church

March 11, 2020

Anxiety blossoms as the most recent coronavirus appears, though in low numbers, in the United States. People wonder if they should stop receiving the Eucharist on the tongue, others if they should receive at all. Fr. Hugh Barbour and Cy Kellett discuss the truth of the Eucharist and what to keep in mind through this period of uncertainty- a God who loves us and makes Himself available to us in the Eucharist.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Crusades and the ‘Evil’ of Christianity

Catholic Answers Focus - The Crusades and the ‘Evil’ of Christianity

March 4, 2020

The president of Catholic Answers shares insights into the reality of the Crusades to help the Christian who is confronted with that apologetics conversation-stopper: “What about the Crusades?”

Catholic Answers Focus - The Essene Code…

Catholic Answers Focus - The Essene Code…

February 26, 2020

In the last century, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls raised the profile of the ancient community of the Essenes. Do these discoveries debunk Christian ideas about Jesus?

Catholic Answers Focus - Sadducees vs. Jesus

Catholic Answers Focus - Sadducees vs. Jesus

February 19, 2020

Best known for trying to catch Jesus in logical traps, the Sadducees had some strange beliefs for first century Jews. Why do they seem so tricky in their dealings with Jesus? And what can his interactions with them teach an apologist?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Catholic Devotion to Relics Weird and Pagan?

Catholic Answers Focus - Is Catholic Devotion to Relics Weird and Pagan?

February 12, 2020

The Catholic devotion to relics is, for some, an embarrassment and an echo of pagan practices. Father Hugh Barbour explains what’s going on with this ancient Christian practice and why it is perfectly consistent with the teachings of Christ and the Apostles.

Catholic Answers Focus - Do Catholics = Pharisees?

Catholic Answers Focus - Do Catholics = Pharisees?

February 5, 2020

If anyone can be said to be the villain of the Gospels, it’s the Pharisees. Sometimes fellow Christians will label Catholics as Pharisees. So, who were they? Where did they come from? And what should we make of their interactions with Jesus?

Catholic Answers Focus - Are Christians Crazy to Call God Their Friend?

Catholic Answers Focus - Are Christians Crazy to Call God Their Friend?

January 29, 2020

Claiming friendship with God is a good way to get mocked by the “wise” of the world. But it is a central claim of Christianity. How do we make sense of it?

Catholic Answers Focus - Pro-Life Bootcamp

Catholic Answers Focus - Pro-Life Bootcamp

January 22, 2020

The man who wrote the book Persuasive Pro-Life gives us a primer on how to share arguments against abortion. Use these effective techniques to move yourself and others closer to the truth about tiny, little, unborn people.

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Protestant Arguments for Sola Scriptura Fail

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Protestant Arguments for Sola Scriptura Fail

January 15, 2020

As we wrap up our conversations with Karlo Broussard on his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, he asks: How can the Catholic Church teach that we need Tradition as well as Scripture when the Bible says that Scripture is sufficient? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Scripture is not our sole infallible source for doctrine when the book of Acts praises the Bereans for using Scripture alone to determine the truth?

Catholic Answers Focus - Can We Know We’re Going to Heaven?

Catholic Answers Focus - Can We Know We’re Going to Heaven?

January 8, 2020

As we continue our conversations about his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard asks: How can the Catholic Church teach that we can’t have absolute
assurance that we’re going to heaven if the Bible says that we can? How can the Catholic Church teach that it’s possible for us to lose our salvation when Jesus says that no one can snatch us out of his hand?

Catholic Answers Focus - What Does the Bible Say About the Proper Way to Baptize?

Catholic Answers Focus - What Does the Bible Say About the Proper Way to Baptize?

January 1, 2020

Drawing on his book Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard asks: How can the Church teach that non-immersion baptisms are valid when the Bible speaks only of baptisms that were done by immersion? And how can the Catholic Church baptize infants when Jesus makes it clear that one must believe first and then be baptized?

Catholic Answers Focus - The Incarnation of God

Catholic Answers Focus - The Incarnation of God

December 25, 2019

Catholic Answers’ Director of Apologetics and Evangelization reflects with us on the identity of Jesus as incarnate God. What does this mean and why does it fill us with joy?

Catholic Answers Focus - The Real Star of Bethlehem

Catholic Answers Focus - The Real Star of Bethlehem

December 18, 2019

The author of The Bible Is a Catholic Book reviews the biblical evidence for the Star of Bethlehem. What was it? How did the Magi follow it? Was it real or just a literary device?

Catholic Answers Focus - Was Jesus Just a Myth?

Catholic Answers Focus - Was Jesus Just a Myth?

December 11, 2019

Actually, lots can be known about the historical Jesus, and Christains can give confident rebuttals to those who claim Jesus is just a myth. Trent defends Jesus from the mythicists.

Catholic Answers Focus - The Importance of Storytelling in Apologetics

Catholic Answers Focus - The Importance of Storytelling in Apologetics

December 4, 2019

How can fiction act as a tool in apologetics and evangelization? Dr. Holly Ordway explains the way that stories can sneak past our “watchful dragons” and impart truth that otherwise would not be welcomed.

Catholic Answers Focus - Are the Gospels Historical?

Catholic Answers Focus - Are the Gospels Historical?

November 27, 2019

Ugh, the false dichotomy between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith. No, they are not two different people, and yes, the Gospels are an accurate history of the Rabbi from Nazareth.

Catholic Answers Focus - Are the Eucharist and the Immaculate Conception Anti-Biblical?

Catholic Answers Focus - Are the Eucharist and the Immaculate Conception Anti-Biblical?

November 20, 2019

How can the Catholic Church teach that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Jesus when Jesus refers to his so-called blood as the “fruit of the vine”? And how can the Catholic Church teach that Mary was immaculately conceived when she calls God her “Savior” in Luke 1:47?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Isn’t God’s Word Enough for Catholics?

Catholic Answers Focus - Why Isn’t God’s Word Enough for Catholics?

November 13, 2019

How can Catholics Church teach “Sacred Tradition” when Jesus teaches that the Bible is the only authority? And how can the Catholic Church teach that good works play a role in our justification when Paul insists that we’re not justified by works?