This web site is about helping people know more about the Catholic Church. For non-believers, this site makes a strong case for theism, and Christianity in general. It shows that God is transcendent and immanent and revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. We are always looking for good writings in defense of theism, especially Christian theism and those articles shall be included in our Philosophy or Apologetics sections. The biblicalcatholic.com domain is ranked high in the search engines (thanks be to God), so your articles will get good exposure.
For Protestants, this site makes a strong case against Protestantism and makes a strong case for Catholicism. It shows that Jesus built a Church and that Church is the Catholic Church. These articles are found in the large Apologetics section. We also include converts to the Catholic faith for those who are looking into the Catholic Church. For Catholics, this site will strengthen your reasons for Catholicism. But it doesn't stop there. It also includes Spirituality articles that will bring you closer to Christ Himself.
This site is under the patroness of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, guide our words so that we may bring souls closer to the Word (John 1:1,14; Hebrews 4:12-15). Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Our Lady of Fatima, save a soul, forgetting not our own.
What is Evangelical Catholic Apologetics?
"Apologetics" refers to a "reasoned defense" (taken from the Greek word apologia, see 1 Peter 3:15). This site, "Evangelical Catholic Apologetics" presents some of the better Evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic apologetics writings, philosophy articles, audio debates and talks available on the web, and concentrates on issues both dividing Evangelical Protestants from Roman Catholics, and those doctrines uniting us -- the basic teachings we share in common with Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians. The name is used both in the sense of "Evangelical and Catholic" as well as "Evangelical versus Catholic" dealing with Evangelical and Catholic issues covering our essential agreements and differences. Norm Geisler and Ralph MacKenzie have probably the best book on this topic from an evangelical 'baptistic' perspective titled Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences (Baker Books, 1995) which I would recommend. From the Catholic perspective, see the excellent book Handbook of Catholic Apologetics (Ignatius Press, 2009) by Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft and Fr. Ronald Tacelli and A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (Sophia Institute Press, 2003) by Dave Armstrong (and his many other wonderful books!).
In short, I agree with the major thrust of the 1994 documents commonly called "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" or the ECT documents -- the controversial ecumenical documents signed by leading Roman Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals. On the whole, I agree we Christians should cooperate on major social or moral issues, but that there are still serious doctrinal differences that keep us from full communion. To be clear, I am a Roman Catholic and Christian who believes Jesus Christ is my only savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; etc) and that the Roman Catholic Church is the true and original Church of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, the early Church Fathers, tradition and Church history. I believe Protestant Evangelicals and certain other Protestant communities contain 'true Christians' as well and embrace them as 'brothers and sisters in Christ' who can be fully 'saved' (Eph 2:8-10; John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 5:13; etc) even if they have defects in those theological areas where they disagree with Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, or other historical and ancient Christians (see the Vatican Council II documents, Decree on Ecumenism, especially paragraphs 3-4).
Two newer positive ecumenical books I would heartily recommend written by evangelical Protestants:
Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Baker Academic, 2005, 2008 paperback) by Mark A. Noll / Carolyn Nystrom and The Legacy of John Paul II: An Evangelical Assessment (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2007) edited by Tim Perry with many contributors. For more classic Catholic and Protestant books, see my library of Christian and non-Christian books.
Who am I? I am a cradle Catholic by birth and Baptism, software engineer, web developer, app and game programmer by profession, with a B.Sci. degree in Computer Science from USF (University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida). I was influenced in my early 20's by such noted Evangelical and Fundamentalist apologists as Walter Martin, Norm Geisler, John Ankerberg, Dave Hunt, and later James White, etc. I still enjoy and use some of their Evangelical apologetics (for example, my defense and explanation of the Holy Trinity from the Bible, a Christian doctrine Catholics and Evangelicals share, etc). In 1992, I discovered Catholic Answers and read Karl Keating's classic Catholicism and Fundamentalism which helped me realize the flaws in some of their Evangelical Protestant (and sometimes anti-Catholic) apologetics. This Rock magazine and the tapes of St. Joseph Communications (Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Gerry Matatics in his glory years) have also been crucial influences in bringing me back to the Church (I am a revert of sorts). The evangelical philosopher and Christian apologist William Lane Craig has been a great influence on me as well (since June 1993, the Craig vs. Zindler debate live on Moody Radio!). Many of Craig's outstanding debates are available as MP3 on my audio page.
What is the history of this site? I originally created this site (Summer 1998 on AOL) as a place to make available some of my previous FidoNet religious discussions and debates which is where I got started in online apologetics (in 1994) before the Internet and World Wide Web took over. I was an active participant for over two years on Fido RCatholic, and another two years on Fido OpenBible (at one time moderated by inveterate anti-Catholic critic and Reformed Baptist apologist James White) where I honed my "skills" as a Catholic apologist. Many of my early discussions / debates available on this web site are from that participation in FidoNet. While the discussions have sometimes heated up, I have tried to remain civil and in the process discovered how fun apologetics can be. We have debated many a Protestant Fundamentalist and others who disagree with Catholic teaching in Fido RCatholic (and OpenBible). The Internet and WWW has taken over the past 20+ years making the local BBS scene obsolete. For a good history and Documentary on the BBS World (official site) -- see this video (part 1) from YouTube (FidoNet is covered in Part 4).
DISCLAIMER: I am an "amateur" Catholic and Christian apologist in the sense I have no formal degrees in theology, Bible, philosophy or religion. I do have hundreds of books in my personal library, however, on many of the subjects and topics relevant to this site: dozens of Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox books, especially those dealing with our Christian agreements and differences; many science and philosophy books on the so-called "science vs religion" debate; several skeptical, atheist, and agnostic authors also. I try to keep abreast on the latest books and trends in this fascinating discussion and controversy. As for the Internet and WWW, do not believe everything you read at first glance (including anything on this site!), but be thorough in your research, read "both sides" and "cross-examine" (Proverbs 18:17) any issue as best you can, and be diligent to "test all things" (1 Thess 5:21) as the Bible commands.
After being 20+ years online, I have chosen to be anonymous. I am "P" in the apologetics and other articles on this site. I realize there are many valuable writings, debates, discussions, and audio on this site, and many folks have thanked me for these in the past. I hope to keep it all available for the long future. There are many articles on this site that answer Evangelical or Fundamentalist or Skeptical or otherwise "anti-Catholic" polemics. I try to be mostly polite in my responses, and toss in a little humor now and then.
God bless you as you explore this site.
last edited Easter Sunday, April 6, 2015 -- Happy Easter "He is risen!" -- see Evidence for the Resurrection
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