In this conversation, we hear the story of how Jimmy Akin, Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, converted to the Roman Catholic Church. We close off with a fascinating discussion about his eclectic podcast Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. ?
Beyond the Anathema: A Catholic/Protestant Dialogue
This year, I decided to recognize Reformation Day (October 31) by inviting my friend, Catholic apologist Trent Horn, to share his understanding of the Catholic faith for my community at Taylor Seminary. We had some technological problems, but we powered on through. And this is that exchange.
Why They’re Catholic: A Review of Trent Horn, Why We’re Catholic
Trent Horn, Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love (Catholic Answers, 2017). In his 2017 book Why We’re Catholic, Catholic apologist Trent Horn aims to provide a clear, concise, and winsome introduction to the Catholic faith. The book consists of twenty-five short and punchy chapters divided into five sections: truth and God, Jesus […]
Does God want everyone to join a single church?
This is a link to my fourth and final dialogue/debate with Catholic Apologist Trent Horn. In this round, we debate the question of whether God wants every person to join the same church. Not surprisingly, Trent, good Catholic apologist that he is, argues that God wants everyone to join the Catholic church. Meanwhile, I argue […]
Is Catholic Communion Cannibalism? My Thoughts
To be sure, atheists aren't the first one to make the charge. 500 years ago Anabaptists denounced Catholics as "God gobblers", for example. Consider that the 16th century equivalent of an internet meme. Not entirely fair, but, if you'll pardon the pun, does the charge have bite? — Tentative Apologist (@RandalRauser) April 29, 2019 So […]
A Conversation with Catholic Apologist Trent Horn: Part 1 (The Magisterium)
Trent Horn is one of my favorite Catholic apologists. You know what? Scratch that, he’s one of my favorite apologists, period. You can visit him online at his website, and you should definitely check out his excellent podcast The Counsel of Trent, and you should obviously check out his books on Amazon. And now you should also […]
Catholics are now trying to link the problem of child-molesting priests to same-sex attraction. Don’t let them.
The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report is an 800-page study of the systemic rape and molestation of children on an industrial scale by hundreds of Catholic priests over decades in the state of Pennsylvania. The horrors include beating and raping children, making child pornography, hitting children with whips, forcing children to commit sexual acts on priests, and […]
Being a Baptist on Reformation Day
On November 4th I attended an ecumenical conference between Catholics and Lutherans which focused on commonalities and differences in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (October 31, 2017). I then spoke as the Baptist voice on an ecumenical panel. This is the text of my address. * * * I was raised in a conservative […]
22. Father Matthew Hysell on God, the Church and the Deaf
This time on The Tentative Apologist Podcast we are joined by Father Matthew Hysell, who was ordained one year ago as Canada’s first deaf Catholic priest. After a bout with meningitis as a toddler, Father Matthew lost all hearing in one ear and is now only able to hear in the other with a hearing aid. […]
A great “godless” book
Pete Hautman. godless. Simon Pulse, 2004. 198 pp. ISBN: 10: 1416908161 It is summer in St. Andrew Valley and Jason Bock is fifteen, awkward, disenfranchised and bored. Needless to say the Catholic Church he is forced to attend by his parents doesn’t add much in terms of excitement. Father Haynes is “a thousand years old at […]