The Eagle and Child: Inaugural Episode


Eagle and ChildToday I’m very pleased to announce the launch of my latest podcast, “The Eagle and Child”.

If you live in San Diego, California, you may know that I’m part of a C.S. Lewis reading group called “The Eagle and Child”, named after the pub in which Lewis and “The Inklings” would regularly meet.

When I started the group, I had lots of messages from friends outside of San Diego asking how they could be part of this group. This podcast is, in part, my response to that.

Each week, my friend Matt and I will be working our way through a chapter of a C.S. Lewis book, beginning with “Mere Christianity”. So, if you’ve ever wanted to read this classic book, please pick up a copy from Amazon and join us in cyberspace for a thoughtful discussion and a beer!

Episode 0: Inaugural Episode (Download)

The podcast will be available both on iTunes and Google Play.


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* If you have any comments or questions, you can contacts us through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack.

Catholic Answers Summer Series starts this week…

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:

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Catholic Answers Summer Series


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

Catholic Answers Summer


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

Questions: An apologist’s best friend


questionToday 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

David Bentley Hart

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’s Book Bonanza!

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!

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