Spring 2014

Apologetics

Introduction: Apologetics

Editor

Apologetics is the Church’s perennial task of making evident the reasonableness of the faith. This task belongs to the very identity of the Church not only because of her mission to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth—a mission that includes presenting reasons for the faith—but, even more fundamentally, because of the obligation simply to make manifest the truth of faith and thereby show forth the glory of God.

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On Reason’s Authority

D.C. Schindler

"We can put the decisive question thus: Is there something to be gained precisely from receiving a truth from another that one could in principle simply see for oneself?"

“If Philosophy Begins in Wonder”: Aquinas, Creation, and Wonder

Randall B. Smith

“[A]ll of created reality is an embodiment of God’s love, thus all of created reality should be seen as a sacrament—that is, as an instrument of God’s grace.”

The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

"The strength in which the Vicar of Christ must come to resemble his Lord is the strength of love that is ready for martyrdom."

The Dispute Between Maximus the Confessor and Theodosius

Maximus the Confessor

"[W]hat reason could I give . . . for having denied the faith which saves those who cherish it, on account of human glory which has no substance?"

The Rod, The Root, and the Flower

Coventry Patmore

"I only report the cry which certain 'babes in Christ' have uttered: 'Taste and see that the Lord is sweet.'"