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Published on May 25, 2016

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Uploaded on May 11, 2011

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Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics, Tim Staples, explains why God would create someone knowing they would go to hell.

Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps. During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community.

During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years.

Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.

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The Seven Virtues

Published on Feb 1, 2014

The Seven Virtues, humility liberality chastity diligence kindness meekness temperance

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Published on Sep 26, 2012

Dale Ahlquist presents Chesterton’s take on the seven deadly sins. Part 1 covers pride, avarice and envy; part 2 deals with anger, gluttony, lust and sloth. Chesterton notes that, “The evils of civilization are mainly due to sin and should be corrected with a sense of sin.” Ahlquist explains that the sins are not actions but more like expressions of character which move us to act. In the modern world there is no dispute about evil’s existence, just about its definition. Instead of recognizing sin and seeking to overcome it, we redefine it as virtue to excuse our behavior, after first having failed to recognize real virtue. Ahlquist believes the Catholic Church alone points out sin. I would differ with his ‘Catholic’ designation and view the Church more broadly. Yet the church is the only place truth is recognized and sin named as evil. In losing the conviction of sin, modern society also has lost the ability to confess and repent. We can’t remove corruption if we insist that the character traits which promote it aren’t vices to be repented of and forsaken. Failure to recognize them as evil brings destruction; hence the term ‘deadly.’ We’re deceived in believing sin will give us freedom & bring us joy. We must see these sins as sins, examine our lives for evidence of them and make choices which diminish their power. Pride is the chief vice, denying sin and insulting God by inflating the self. It inflames the other sins and glorifies personality, not truth. Like all sin, it is embraced willingly & overcome only by personal responsibility. With our free will we choose obedience or rebellion. Happiness is a choice resulting from obedience, a lesson once taught by fairy tales but now dismissed as archaic. Instead we redefine avarice as the drive to succeed, anger as self-assertiveness, and lust as gay pride, disregarding God and His moral laws. The result is general unhappiness. We fail to recognize that virtues like kindness and contentment counter vices. Chesterton observes that, “Thanks is the highest form of thought.” But society today is demanding, not thankful, seeing all things, even vices, as rights. Therein lies the roots of its unhappiness and the seeds of its destruction.

 

Published on Sep 26, 2012

Dale Ahlquist presents Chesterton’s take on the seven deadly sins. Part 1 covers pride, avarice and envy; part 2 deals with anger, gluttony, lust and sloth. Chesterton notes that, “The evils of civilization are mainly due to sin and should be corrected with a sense of sin.” Ahlquist explains that the sins are not actions but more like expressions of character which move us to act. In the modern world there is no dispute about evil’s existence, just about its definition. Instead of recognizing sin and seeking to overcome it, we redefine it as virtue to excuse our behavior, after first having failed to recognize real virtue. Ahlquist believes the Catholic Church alone points out sin. I would differ with his ‘Catholic’ designation and view the Church more broadly. Yet the church is the only place truth is recognized and sin named as evil. In losing the conviction of sin, modern society also has lost the ability to confess and repent. We can’t remove corruption if we insist that the character traits which promote it aren’t vices to be repented of and forsaken. Failure to recognize them as evil brings destruction; hence the term ‘deadly.’ We’re deceived in believing sin will give us freedom & bring us joy. We must see these sins as sins, examine our lives for evidence of them and make choices which diminish their power. Pride is the chief vice, denying sin and insulting God by inflating the self. It inflames the other sins and glorifies personality, not truth. Like all sin, it is embraced willingly & overcome only by personal responsibility. With our free will we choose obedience or rebellion. Happiness is a choice resulting from obedience, a lesson once taught by fairy tales but now dismissed as archaic. Instead we redefine avarice as the drive to succeed, anger as self-assertiveness, and lust as gay pride, disregarding God and His moral laws. The result is general unhappiness. We fail to recognize that virtues like kindness and contentment counter vices. Chesterton observes that, “Thanks is the highest form of thought.” But society today is demanding, not thankful, seeing all things, even vices, as rights. Therein lies the roots of its unhappiness and the seeds of its destruction.

 

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Published on Jan 21, 2016

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“Cardinal Burke focused much of his speech on the work of the late Jesuit Father John Hardon, who wrote and taught on catechesis and evangelization. Father Hardon died in 2000. “He knew that the only way to transform the society, that is, to turn the society around to Christ and His Mystical Body, holy Church, is for individual Catholics to live their faith with complete integrity, also in the face of loneliness, ridicule, persecution, and even death,” Cardinal Burke summarized.”

For more see:

To Transform Society, Be Ready to Die, Cardinal Advises

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Published on May 18, 2016

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Jimmy Akin is an internationally known author and speaker. As the senior apologist at Catholic Answers, he has more than twenty years of experiencing defending and explaining the Faith.

Jimmy is a convert to the Faith and has an extensive background in the Bible, theology, the Church Fathers, philosophy, canon law, and liturgy.

Jimmy is a weekly guest on the national radio program Catholic Answers Live, a regular contributor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a popular blogger and podcaster. His personal web site is JimmyAkin.com.

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