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How Being a Baptist Prepared Me to be a Good Catholic (I of IV)

August 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It After joining the ranks of the Catholics, it was my hope to avoid the smug former-smoker arrogance that sometimes comes with such a dramatic change. You know what I mean: the I-used-to-be-so-stupid-and-now-I-see-the-Light attitude that is, in and of itself, irritating. (In my slow journey to the Church, I picked up a couple of well-meaning books written by former Evangelicals who exuded that very attitude. They... Read More

Hornets & Lions

June 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Magisterium, Paul McCusker

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One thing I was certain about when I became Catholic: I knew I would not be a Cafeteria Catholic – picking and choosing what suited me. If I thought I’d have that attitude, then I could’ve saved myself a lot of trouble and remained Protestant. (For what else is Sola Scriptura but the ultimate all-you-can-eat Spiritual Smorgasbord? A huge Bible buffet with no one to tell me that I have to eat that bit of spinach or can’t... Read More

I Had No Idea…

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

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One of the things I didn’t expect when I became a Catholic was how my “conversion” would bring to light what people really thought of me.  And, admittedly, I wasn’t happy with what I learned. On one occasion a close Protestant friend, whom I hadn’t seen in a long time, tossed out this anticipatory statement: “I’m looking forward to seeing you. I can’t wait to find out what you’ve decided you are this time.”... Read More

Putting the “Big” in Bigotry

May 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Conversion, Paul McCusker

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Bigotry Life, As I Find It I shudder to think of it now. There I was at a CS Lewis conference and the esteemed teacher Peter Kreeft had been talking about ten things to learn from JRR Tolkien about evil. A brilliant talk. And, at the break, I had a chance to corner Kreeft to ask him a few questions. In the course of that short conversation, he mentioned to me how he had become a Catholic while attending Calvin College. Everyone... Read More

Drive-By Advice

May 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

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Drive-By Advice Life, As I Find It I’ve been grateful to those who wrote with advice about handling my Evangelical Protestant friends and family. The only problem, I think, is that some of the advice assumes two things. First, that I’m talking to a willing or eager non-Catholic who really wants to know about it. Second, the other personal is rational. If the first case is true then, yes, it’s an entirely different type of... Read More

Drive-By Body Armor

May 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Dan Burke

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After reading Paul’s post about how to respond to ‘Drive-By Theology‘ incidents, my friend, EWTN apologist John Martignoni, gently chided me and said, “Dan, there is a better way to answer in those types of situations then what you offered your audience.” I think John was referring to my advice that Paul referenced at the end of his post. John is very shy that way. He then proceeded to tell me that... Read More

Drive-By Theology

May 2, 2013 by  
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Life, As I Find It One of my experiences with my Evangelical-Protestant friends after I became Catholic involved Drive-By incidents. You know the kind: a fast comment, often sarcastic or corrective, with little chance for response. So, I would get hit with Drive-By Bible Verses that are meant to rebuke Catholic teaching, or receive the instantly dismissive “that’s not in the Bible.” Or a Drive-By Comment that may be derisive... Read More

A Stranger In A Strange Land

April 23, 2013 by  
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Life, As I Find It My work often takes me to England – a country I love, in no small part because my wife is English and my son was born there. I have gone with friends and co-workers who sometimes surprise me with their reactions to things that are unfamiliar. One might say, “That’s interesting. Why do they do it that way?” while another might say, “That’s stupid. Why do they do it like that?” The former statement... Read More

Object Permanence – Reflections on Purgatory and the Denial of Spiritual Realities

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker, Purgatory

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Life, As I Find It I remember reading about a condition, long thought to exist in babies, where an item only existed if it was within sight. The moment it went out of sight, it no longer existed. The phenomenon was called “Object Permanence” and many psychologists have subscribed to the notion, especially for children under six months of age. The idea of “Object Permanence” came to mind recently when I was discussing Purgatory... Read More

How can I learn more about the early Christian Fathers?

November 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Books, Church Teaching, Dan Burke, Resources

Dear Dan, I saw your conversion story on EWTN’s Journey Home Program and I am very interested in learning more about the Fathers of the Church. I am a protestant and do have a personal relationship with Christ but I am trying to better understand more about the early Church. Thanks in advance for your assistance. A: It was a joy to do the show and even more so to engage in the behind-the-scenes conversations with so many... Read More

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