About This Site
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 philvaz.com domain is ranked high at Google/Yahoo (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 and Catholic apologetics writings, debates and links available on the web, and concentrates on issues dividing Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics. The name is used both in the sense of "Evangelical and Catholic" as well as "Evangelical versus Catholic" (dealing with Evangelical-Catholic issues covering our basic agreements and differences).
(In the future, I might expand on this and give you my views on the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" or ECT documents -- the controversial ecumenical documents signed by leading Roman Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals. On the whole, I agree with the major thrust of the documents that we can agree to cooperate on major social or moral issues, but that there are still serious doctrinal differences that keep us from full communion.)
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.
On Phil Porvaznik
I'm from the Tampa Bay area, Florida.
I originally created this site (Summer 1998) 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. First, some info on the pretty much defunct FidoNet (At least I haven't visited there regularly since moving to the Internet permanently in December 1998).
FidoNet is an "ancient" Bulletin Board Service (started in 1984 by Tom Jennings) going the way of the dinosaur. While many local BBS are shutting down, one can still access the FidoNet conferences through the Internet. One such web site that carries the complete FidoNet backbone is ED KOON'S FIDONET based in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The conferences (also called echoes) are for text-based messages for discussions of numerous topics of interest. The RCatholic conference (sometimes called Roman Catholic Question and Answer) of FidoNet was started by JON GUIDRY in 1995.
I was an active participant for over two years on RCatholic, and another two years on 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 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).
Here are all my saved unedited FidoNet religious discussion text files from 1994-1998 (6 meg zipped file)
Since the Internet is quickly taking over making the local BBS scene obsolete, there is also an RCatholic-L mailing list and web site through Yahoo Groups that fulfills the same purpose as the old FidoNet RCatholic conference. You can join RCatholic-L by going to the Yahoo Group HERE (maintained and moderated by Sean M. Brooks)
Who am I? I am a cradle Catholic by birth and Baptism, software engineer/web development by profession, with a B.S. degree in Computer Science from USF (I am now trying to teach myself Game Programming). 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, on my defense of the Holy Trinity). 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).
There are many articles on this site that answer Evangelical or Fundamentalist anti-Catholic polemics. I try to be mostly polite in my discussions, and toss in a little humor now and then.
God bless you as you explore this site.
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