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Atheist Dialogues

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Apr 28, 2017 15 Comments

Why does Pope Francis reach out to atheists? If every conversation is a two-way street, then you’d think this is one dialogue that would go nowhere fast. On paper or in person, “fa...

CNN’s ‘Mostly Human’ Takes an Unsettling Look at Technology and Human Nature

by Matthew Becklo Apr 27, 2017 0 Comments

After its disappointing debut of Believer, CNN has launched another docuseries that picks up the spiritual slack in an unlikely setting: the frontiers of technology. The goal of Lau...

In the Beginning God Created: An Interview with Cory Heimann

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 26, 2017 0 Comments

St. John Paul II once said, "Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which give...

The Reception of Vatican II: A Book Excerpt by Bishop Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron Apr 25, 2017 0 Comments

In a new and exciting book entitled The Reception of Vatican II, edited by Fr. Matthew Lamb and Dr. Matthew Levering, numerous contributors offer insights into the ways in which the documents and r...

Why Isn’t There More Evidence for God?

by Fredric Heidemann Apr 24, 2017 9 Comments

Atheists love to say blithely that there is no evidence for God. Virtually all believers intuitively understand that there is something off-kilter with this objection. For what the atheist really m...

Priestfit, Part 2: An Interview with Fr. Casey Jones

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 21, 2017 5 Comments

Continuing with yesterday's interview, today Jared Zimmerer chats with Fr. Casey Jones, the co-founder of Priestfit, an organization created to help encourage healthy lifestyles among priests today...

Priestfit, Part 1: An Interview with Fr. Ryan Rooney

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 20, 2017 0 Comments

Christianity is not a dualistic religion. The Catechism states that, "The human body shares in the dignity of "the image of God": it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual ...

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? – An Interview with Carl Olson

by Brandon Vogt Apr 19, 2017 0 Comments

Christians around the world are just a couple weeks away from celebrating what they consider the most important event in human history: the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But for skeptics ar...

When God Became Man

by Fr. Steve Grunow Apr 18, 2017 0 Comments

In 1923 the American poet Wallace Stevens published the full text of a poem he had written about what he perceived as a growing ambivalence regarding religion in general and Christianity in particu...

Easter Sunday is Concluded ... Now What?

by Fr. Michael Cummins Apr 17, 2017 2 Comments

It is now the quiet time... The Triduum services are completed. The Easter Vigil (the "mother" of all vigils) has been concluded for another year — to varying degrees of liturgical succe...

Christianity Without the Crucifixion is Not Christianity

by David Stavarz Apr 14, 2017 2 Comments

Last summer, I walked into a Christian goods store looking for a wedding gift for a friend, of course, in the typical last-minute-guy-gift-shopping fashion. I thought a nice crucifix would be good ...

The Eucharist and What Jesus Meant By ''Is''

by Matt Nelson Apr 13, 2017 8 Comments

The night before He died, Jesus held up unleavened bread to the twelve disciples and said, "This is my body". Here, undoubtedly, the disciples experienced another dose of "Jesus-Shock" (a term coin...

The Comedy of the Cross

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Apr 12, 2017 0 Comments

St. Thomas contends that a man with no sense of humor is actually deficient, lacking something that ought to be present in a man fully alive. Jesus was perfectly man, so where are his casual s...

The Suffering Lamb of God

by Ellyn von Huben Apr 11, 2017 2 Comments

With this being Holy Week, my mind is drawn to the exquisite Tenebrist painting by Francisco de Zurbarán — “Agnus Dei” (or “Lamb of God.”) It’s not surpri...