Articles tagged: Apologetics

Bible Study: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Biblical Interpretation

Theology

SPL Staff • October 1st, 2015

Click to view on Amazon. Listers, "what does a Catholic approach to Scripture study look like?" This is the question Dr. Steven C. Smith takes up in his work 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study: The Word of the Lord. The book strikes an excellent balance between academic insights... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

The Real Presence: 13 Memes on the Holy Eucharist

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SPL Staff • August 12th, 2014

Listers, the Holy Eucharist is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Many of the following memes focus on the sixth chapter of St. John's Gospel, which is often referred to as the "Eucharistic Discourse."1 It is the cornerstone passage on understanding how the faithful... Read More →

The 12 Step Biblical Guide to the Pope and Infallibility

Theology

SPL Staff • March 22nd, 2014

Listers, the Office of the Papacy and Infallibility are biblical gifts to the Church. According to the Gospels, St. Peter - the first to be given the Office of the Papacy - was commissioned by Christ to be the vicar of the kingdom of God, to strengthen the faithful, and to be the chief shepherd... Read More →

Top 10 Most Popular Catholic Lists of 2013

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SPL Staff • January 8th, 2014

Listers, thank you for another wonderful year. SPL seeks to provide you with timeless lists that catalogue various aspects of the Catholic faith. The 2013 Top Ten List demonstrates the diversity of those aspects by listing everything from Trappist Ales to images of Mary breastfeeding. If you'd... Read More →

49 Questions on the Sacrament of Confession

Theology

SPL Staff • October 14th, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

A History of Catholicism & Evolution in 30 Quotes

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SPL Staff • September 2nd, 2013

Listers, what does the Catholic Church actually teach about the Theory of Evolution? The following quotes are a sampling of how the Church has discussed and ruled on the divisive theory. They are presented in chronological order and most include a link to their primary source. If there are any... Read More →

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 27th, 2013

Listers, this is Part II of an ongoing in depth discussion on euthanasia - "the right to become dead." The list relies on the wisdom of Leon Kass and his discussion of how the right to become dead isn't even compatible with the modernity's own philosophy. It should be noted that the article... Read More →

6 Books on Islam by Catholic Scholar Robert Spencer

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 15th, 2013

Listers, Opus Dei Father C.J. McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, referred to Robert Spencer as "perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country."1 According to his website, Jihad Watch, "Robert Spencer is the director... Read More →

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 3rd, 2013

Listers, is there a right to assisted suicide - what type of right do people claim it is? To address this question, we turn to the mind of Leon Kass. Though not a Catholic, Kass' understanding of natural law and ills of modernity is better than most. His treatment of assisted suicide is... Read More →

5 Catholic Documents on Family, Sex, and Homosexuality

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 28th, 2013

Listers, though not an exhaustive list, we want to bring several Catholic documents to the forefront 0f the discussion of family and marriage. One of the many reasons our society cannot have a thoughtful conversation on homosexuality is because we've lost our vocabulary to even discuss the... Read More →

Worth Watching: 9 Videos that Warm the Catholic Soul

Life & Leisure

SPL Staff • May 20th, 2013

Listers, we encourage you to share your faith by sharing these videos. The Catholic faith is a beautiful and rich religion and so many inside and outside of the Church are blind to its beauty. We've catalogued a multitude of video-lists, but this is our second collection of heart-warming Catholic... Read More →

We are an Easter People: 15 Questions on the Resurrection and Ascension

Theology

SPL Staff • April 25th, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

36 of the Most Necessary Questions on Our Lord's Passion and Death

Theology

SPL Staff • April 22nd, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

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SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... Read More →

In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope

Theology

SPL Staff • February 21st, 2013

Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the "Advocate of Christian Memory" and he holds the King's people to the King's laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri - the Chair of St. Peter. This... Read More →

In Defense of Holy Images: 8 Pearls of Wisdom from St. John Damascene

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SPL Staff • February 20th, 2013

Listers, in the Eastern churches, the First Sunday of the Great Fast celebrates the triumph of holy images. It commemorates the end of two separate periods of iconoclasm, which took place within the space a nearly hundred years. During the iconoclastic period of Byzantine history, images of... Read More →

6 Books by Pope Benedict XVI Every Catholic Should Read

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 13th, 2013

Listers with the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, we wanted to share with you part of his lasting legacy as a theologian and teacher. In the history of the popes, it is hard to find anyone as easy to read and understand. His writings are, moreover, a beautiful blend of timeless... Read More →

The 24 Theses of St. Thomas Aquinas with Citations and Commentary

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 10th, 2013

Listers, "with the decree Postquam sanctissimus of 27 July 1914, Pope St. Pius X declared that 24 theses formulated by 'teachers from various institutions ... clearly contain the principles and more important thoughts' of Thomas. Principal contributors to the Church's official statement of the... Read More →

Rome is the Apostolic Throne: 24 Quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus

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SPL Staff • January 30th, 2013

Listers, in cataloguing the quotes from Alexandria, Antioch, and Cyprus we conclude our theme of Early Eastern Church Fathers that supported the Petrine Ministry. Though these quotes have been posted in several places, SPL would like to again give credit to the quality Catholic resource... Read More →
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