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Who is Jesus? Catholicism and Islam Meet in Central Park

“Do you want some cold water?” asked the Muslim activist calling out to me from inside his tent positioned at an entrance to Central Park in New York City. “Sure,” I said while getting off my rented bike. “Thanks,” I muttered while taking a much needed drink on a hot July day. “Would like a pamphlet?  We’re here to spread [...]

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Answering Common Objections to the Uniqueness of Christianity

Ronald Knox once quipped that “the study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious.” The reason, as G. K. Chesterton says, is that, according to most “scholars” of comparative religion, “Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism.” But any Christian who does apologetics must think about comparative religions because the most popular of all [...]

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The Uniqueness of Christianity

Ronald Knox once quipped that “the study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious.” The reason, as G. K. Chesterton says, is that, according to most “scholars” of comparative religion, “Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism.” But any Christian who does apologetics must think about comparative religions because the most popular of all [...]

Ancient Church Bells Tolling

“We’re the most tolerant society in the world here,” said the taxi driver as I made my way from the train station to my hotel. He seemed friendly, dressed in old clothes with a shaggy beard and a tattered cap turned backwards on his head.  I decided to ask him something about the Netherlands and Amsterdam, the port city on [...]

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Is Jesus the only Way?

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter (Year B) – Acts 4:8-12; Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 21; First John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18. This series appears each Wednesday. ‘No other name given under heaven’ It’s not politically incorrect to believe in God.  Just so long as you acknowledge that all are God’s children, [...]

Comparing Christianity and Judaism

If Jesus returned to earth today, which church would He go to? A Catholic church, of course, replies the Catholic. No, a Protestant church, argues the Protestant. I think both are wrong. I think he would begin as He did 2,000 years ago in a Jewish synagogue. The long history of Christian anti-Semitism, in thought and deed, is perhaps the [...]

Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn’t one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it’s a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is [...]