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A Catholic Discipleship Quiz - Catholic Missionary Disciples - College Station, TX
Simply put:

Evangelization leads to conversion.
Conversion (through repentance, faith, and baptism) leads to discipleship.
Discipleship leads to holiness and mission.
Holiness and mission lead to heaven.
The point of being a disciple of Jesus is to live your life in service to Jesus and His Gospel. To make disciples. To be a saint. To glorify God. To go to heaven and bring as many as you can with you. This is a high bar, but it is the call of all of us:

“We have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should ... have eternal life” (3:16).” -Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 1
Catholicism  Apologetics 
15 days ago by svieira
Riddleblog - Apologetics
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger's list of recommended apologetics books.
books  christianity  apologetics 
6 weeks ago by fairyrevel
Myth: A Big Universe Is a Problem for Christianity | Evolution News
C.S. Lewis in his 1943 essay “Dogma and the Universe” demolished Nye’s way of thinking. Lewis begins with an analogy. Imagine how a doctor determines that someone has been poisoned to death. The doctor can conclude this reasonably if “he has a clear idea of that opposite state in which the organs would have been found if no poison were present.” Similarly, if we try to disprove God by pointing out how small we are in a huge cosmos, we should clearly identify the kind of universe that is expected if God did exist.

But Lewis argues that such a project fails. “Whatever space may be in itself … we certainly perceive it as three-dimensional, and to three-dimensional space we can conceive no boundaries,” he writes. So we naturally feel that the cosmos is huge. What if we discovered nothing but our own sun and moon in such seemingly infinite space? “This vast emptiness would certainly be used as a strong argument against the existence of God,” Lewis notes. In that case, atheists would argue that no God would create such vast amounts of wasted empty space.

Lewis runs through the other options: “If we discover other bodies, they must be habitable or uninhabitable: and the odd thing is that both these hypotheses are used as grounds for rejecting Christianity.” If there are billions of habitable planets, then the skeptic would likely say that this means humans are not special. We would be lost in a crowd of aliens, or so the story goes.

Lewis continues: “If, on the other hand, the earth is really unique, then that proves that life is only an accidental by-product in the universe, and so again disproves our religion.” Atheists in that case might further complain that no God would create trillions of sterile planets — what a lousy design.

Do you see the problem? Heads I win, tails you (and God) lose. What we have here isn’t truth-seeking. It’s game-rigging.
Spinning the Universe

Atheists would find ways to spin a story that ridicules belief in God no matter what the size or contents of the cosmos. Bill Nye’s God-bashing cosmic storytelling fails the credibility test. Keep all this in mind next time you hear this popular myth invoked to mock religious believers.

For both Jews and Christians, here is the situation: We believe in an omnipotent, infinite God, and modern astronomical discoveries have confirmed that we inhabit a majestic universe befitting just such a creator. The Psalmist got it right 3,000 years ago: “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
apologetics  creation  science 
9 weeks ago by whatithunk
"Darmok" - Tenser, said the Tensor
[This is part of an ongoing occasional series about linguistics in science fiction. Fair warning: spoilers.] I've been meaning to write about the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok" for years. In fact, I had it in mind when...
darmok  linguistics  analysis  star.trek  language  television  sttng  apologetics  science.fiction 
november 2019 by po

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