Hey everyone, I know I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but I just wanted to remind everyone that the Catholic Answers Summer Series starts this week. If you’re in San Diego, you can see the the apologists at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Santa Sophia, but if you live elsewhere, you will be able to catch these talks online:
The staff from Catholic Answers will be giving talks at at St. Michael’s Church this Summer. Admission is free!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30PM
“Common Objections to Catholicism” – Tim Staples
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:30PM
“Your Truth, My Truth” – Karlo Broussard
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:30PM
“Five Great Deceptions” – Cy Kellett
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 6:30PM
“From Hernan Cortes to Our Lady of Guadalupe” – Chris Check
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 6:30PM
“How we got the Bible” – Jimmy Akin
As many of you know, I recently moved back from Seattle to my old stomping ground of sunny San Diego. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get back in time for the Catholic Answers Summer Series where the speakers from the local apologetics apostolate give talks at different parishes around the Diocese. Fortunately, they’re available online!
Tim Staples: Behold your mother, Defending your faith
Jimmy Akin: Understanding the Book of Revelation
Karlo Broussard: Defending truth in a relativastic culture, God still matters
Patrick Coffin: Apologetics for chickens
Christopher Check: The Galileo Affair
Today I wanted to talk about an apologetic strategy I use a lot: asking questions. You see, regardless of the topic, be it abortion, Christianity or Catholicism, there is always the temptation to spend most of your time telling someone what they should believe. People are rarely very receptive to being told. When I’m in that mode, it becomes very easy for me to become pompous and prideful. Questions help prevent this.
Rather than telling someone what they should believe, I find it is generally much more effective to ask the person what they believe and why. This communicates to the other person that you care what they think and you want to know more. Even though you are talking less, you have guiding control over the conversation through the questions that you ask. Not only that, but if you ask questions, it will probably encourage your friend to open up and ask you questions about what you believe. This allows you to follow the advise a wise priest once told me: “It’s best to start giving answers only once they’ve started asking you questions”
I would suggest that the goal is to ask questions which reveal the flaws in that person’s worldview. Once these are revealed, you can then present your own perspective, thereby giving you an opportunity to demonstrate the cohesiveness of your own world view.
“He who asks questions has control”
– Socrates (387 BC)
A while ago, Aggie Catholics put together a great list of questions to ask when you’re evangelizing…
A couple of months ago a reader mentioned David Bentley Hart, an Eastern Orthodox Christian philosopher. I’ve been listening to his lectures online and been quite enjoying them:
Devin Rose over at Heroic Virtue Creations is currently running a giveaway. Simply enter your name and email address to win thirteen of the best Catholic Apologetics books out there. Not only that, the more you advertise the competition on social media, the greater the chances of you winning!
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to advertise This Week’s Best In Catholic Apologetics:
This website aggregates a collection of different apologetics articles written by bloggers during the past week. They’ve regularly featured my various apologetics posts and sent web traffic my way. Some reciprocal advertising was well overdue. Mea culpa.