Recommended Sources on Christianity

I. Online Bishop Barron (theology, culture, etc)Fr. Mike Schmitz at Ascension Presents (theology, spirituality, culture, etc)Matt Fradd (philosophy, theology, interviews and debates)The Council of Trent (rebuttal videos)Mike Licona (historical evidence for the resurrection, reliability of the gospels and NT scholarship). Capturing Christianity (apologetics, interviews and debates) II. Books Books are a great way to learn… Continue reading Recommended Sources on Christianity

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 2 of 2)

Jesus heals a paralytic at Capernaum (Mk 2:1-12) To return to part one of this series, click here. 1. Introduction In part one of this series, we examined the Gospels and Acts as historical sources about Jesus of Nazareth and the early Church. In particular, we examined multiple factors that influenced the contents of these… Continue reading The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 2 of 2)

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 1 of 2)

Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46-52) 1. Introduction If anyone wants to learn more about Jesus and the early Church, they open up the New Testament -- but how reliable is it? Does it accurately recount Jesus' life and teachings, as well as the history of the early Church? In this two-part series, we will… Continue reading The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (Part 1 of 2)

Advances In New Testament Scholarship

One thing that strengthens my conviction in the truth of Christianity is seeing the advances made in New Testament studies since its inception. I find these advancements particularly encouraging because the field is not even slanted towards Christianity. New Testament studies is a secular field with a liberal history.[1] Its pioneers viewed the New Testament texts… Continue reading Advances In New Testament Scholarship

Responding to the “Colonizer Jesus vs. Historical Jesus” Meme

A week ago, a friend of mine sent me this meme comparing “Colonizer Jesus” and “Historical Jesus” and told me that it was spreading among his friends. After hearing that, I felt like it was worth responding to and decided to write a blog post about it. So here it is! There’s a lot to… Continue reading Responding to the “Colonizer Jesus vs. Historical Jesus” Meme

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 4 of 4)

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul by Karol Tichy To return to part 3 of this series, click here. VII. Ethics The most important way Christianity influenced our world is in terms of ethics (beliefs and theological assumptions).  The ten commandments, the teachings and example of Christ and the Bible in general, would… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 4 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 3 of 4)

 Scrovegni Chapel, one of the great masterpieces of Christian art. Painted by Giotto. To return to part 2 of this series, click here. VI. Law The Church made important contributions to law.  She is credited with introducing the first modern legal system in Europe -- canon law.[1]  In the 12th century, a monk named Gratian produced… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 3 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 2 of 4)

The University of Paris, one of the first medieval universities and arguably, the most prestigious one during the period To return to part 1 of this series, click here. IV. Reason and Education Another contribution of the Christian Church is that it cultivated a high regard for reason in medieval intellectual life and promoted education. To… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 2 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 1 of 4)

Note: If you want to read a correction of historical misconceptions of Christianity before reading this series, click here. Monte Cassino today, the mother monastery of the Benedictine order When it comes to the importance of Christianity to the history of humanity, “indispensable” is the right word to use here. Its contributions to the world… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 1 of 4)

Correcting Historical Misconceptions Against Christianity

What the world would look like without Christianity according to the TV series Family Guy (season 8, episode 1) -- an example of bad history being promoted in popular culture. Among historians, the idea that the Church suppressed science in the Middle Ages has been long debunked. Popular culture (Hollywood, Netflix, popular personalities, the media… Continue reading Correcting Historical Misconceptions Against Christianity

Stunning: Christian Miraculous Healings

A dive into Christian history reveals a rich miracle tradition. From the ministry of Jesus to the succeeding apostolic age, and down the centuries to the present day, miracles have always been present. They are signs that God is truly with us -- that He loves us, cares about us and is with us always… Continue reading Stunning: Christian Miraculous Healings