Jesus Christ

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino

The Central Argument in Christian Apologetics

The doctrine of Christ’s divinity is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others. Christians have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via Bible and Church, but believe them all on his authority. For if Christ is divine, He can be trusted to be infallible [...]

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

Let’s Focus on What He Actually Said

When I was studying for my history degree, I learned early and often that one of a historian’s biggest pet peeves is the counterfactual.  Basically, it’s when you imagine what could’ve happened if something in history had been different.  If Robert E. Lee had decided to fight for the Union instead of the Confederacy, the Civil War would have been [...]

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To Amaze Jesus

We know well the words that the centurion speaks to Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel: “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…” (Matt 8:8). We say them at each and every Mass. But have you ever taken time to reflect on the words following the Roman officer’s remarks to Jesus? Can you remember the words that the [...]

Teaching the Divinity of Christ by the Socratic Method

There are many ways to get a point across.  But some ways are a lot more effective than others.  Have you ever had a teacher who drones on and on, heaping fact upon fact and argument upon argument?  Usually, a day or two later, you forget the facts, the argument, and even the point.  It’s called the problem of the [...]

The Divinity of Christ

The doctrine of Christ’s divinity is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others. Christians have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via Bible and Church, but believe them all on his authority. For if Christ is divine, He can be trusted to be infallible [...]