As Easter Nears, Atheists Again Use the Holy Day to Deny Jesus’ Existence
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by Steve Ray
3d ago
This is an article written by my friend Thomas Williams Ph.D. of Breitbart. I collaborated with him to address the tedious atheists who come out of their dens at Easter and Christmas to take potshots at Christians. I hope you enjoy this simple pithy response. This is the whole article reproduced below. ************************************************************ The Christian season of Lent always triggers the anti-God squad, and 2024 is no different, with limelight-seeking atheists trotting out the tired “Jesus never existed” thesis in preparation for Holy Week. Writing in Aeon, professional ..read more
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Jesuit Fr. McTeigue: Our Lively Interview on my new book on Genesis
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by Steve Ray
3w ago
Fr. Robert McTeigue SJ is a sharp guy and this theology is “right on the money”.  He interviewed me this week on my book “Genesis, A Bible Study Guide and Commentary” with a show title of “Rediscovering the Book of Genesis”. He is a good interviewer and the discussion as lively. This was probably my favorite interview of many on my new book. Hope you enjoy it! https://catholicconvert.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/TCC_-_012524-1.mp3 Link With Show Notes: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/29652838 Direct Audio Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/thecatholiccurrent/TCC ..read more
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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Epiphany and the Magi
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by Steve Ray
1M ago
It was a fun and fast-paced show tonight dealing with Epiphany and the Magi. Enjoy! https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/cdn.catholic.com/wp-content/uploads/ca240103a.mp3 Questions Covered: 11:03 – Should we take it literally that a star led the Wisemen? Was it possibly an angel?  19:11 – The Wisemen didn’t come for like 2 years right?  24:00 – Was Jesus’ family wealthy because the Wise Men brought gold, etc. in their treasure chests?   29:35 – Do they think Jesus was born at midnight? Or sometime during the night.  33:12 – why have they ma ..read more
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My Video Talk: “How can a John Paul II Catholic Survive in a Pope Francis World”
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by Steve Ray
1M ago
REPOSTED: At the 20219 investiture of new Knights and Dames into the North Central Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, I was asked to give the keynote talk on Sunday morning with a good number of bishops in attendance and several renowned theologians and radio personalities. (Photo: Janet and I with Patriarch of Jerusalem Saba at Mass at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Easter 2004) Janet and I have been members of this order for nearly 25 years now. Since Janet and I have been to Israel over 200 times, I assumed they would request a talk on the Holy Land, the Holy Sep ..read more
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6 Bethlehem Myths: 20 Minutes with Teresa Tomeo on EWTN
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by Steve Ray
2M ago
My recent show with Teresa Tomeo was 20 minutes long on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN was entitled “Myths of Bethlehem and the Nativity.” Click on the image to listen to the show. God bless you and Merry Christmas! Jesus was born in a barn We really have no idea where Jesus was born There were exactly three Wise Men Christmas couldn’t be December 25 since it is too cold for sheep in the field We shouldn’t celebrate Christmas since it is the date of a pagan festival Lambs were swaddled at birth like the baby Jesus was swaddled The post 6 Bethlehem Myths: 20 Minutes with Teresa Tomeo on EWTN appea ..read more
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Was John the Baptist in Danger with Herod’s Edict to Kill Baby Boys?
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by Steve Ray
2M ago
I was asked this question this morning. He asked: Was the infant John the Baptist at risk from Herod’s persecution like Jesus?  Did Zechariah and Elizabeth need to take action to hide him as he was in the same age group as Jesus?  There’s no indication in scripture that he was at risk also, is there an explanation in tradition? John seemingly would have been under the edict of Herod. The Magi met King Herod in Jerusalem which is only 4 miles from Bethlehem. He sent them to Bethlehem to find the baby and report back to him.  Bethlehem was not a large city, in fact we read in th ..read more
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“Glad Trad Podcast” and “How to do Apologetics”
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by Steve Ray
3M ago
I have a great time with Jordan for this hour discussion on Apologetics and how to do it. Enjoy! The post “Glad Trad Podcast” and “How to do Apologetics” appeared first on Defenders of the Catholic Faith ..read more
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Steve on Catholic Answers Live: “Is the Mass Really a Sacrifice?”
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by Steve Ray
3M ago
It was a lively show with a lot of good questions and discussion. Not only is the Mass A sacrifice, it is THE sacrifice! Enjoy the conversation. (We started the first few minutes talking about the situation in Israel and our upcoming pilgrimages.) https://catholicconvert.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/ca231106a.mp3 Questions Covered: What did the Fathers of the Church teach from the first century? And, why is Jimmy Swaggart wrong? How is space and time like a bubble and the sacrifice of Jesus an eternal event made present again at each Mass? 17:13 – What am I sacrificing while I’m a ..read more
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Dialog: Saved by Faith Alone or Faith & Works
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by Steve Ray
5M ago
I am responding to a polite gentleman named David who posted a comment on my blog. He was responding as a kind Protestant who was reacting to my article “Response to a Southern Baptist.” He is kind and well-spoken and I wish we could sit and have a cup of coffee together to discuss this more personally. I have responded only briefly and with a few random thoughts while on the run. I would suggest he and others read a new book by Steve Wood entitled, Grace & Justification: An Evangelical’s Guide to Catholic Beliefs. David’s words are italicized and in blue;  my words are in regular tex ..read more
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A Friend Asked about Where Dinosaurs Fit in with the Creation Story
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by Steve Ray
5M ago
A friend wrote to me about a friend of his and asked me for advice. He wrote, “I saw a childhood friend over the weekend … he comes from very solid Christian parents and grew up in the church, but doesn’t believe anymore. His main issue is that no one can answer his question where dinosaurs came from before the Garden of Eden and ultimately before the earth was made. He says if someone was able to answer this, it would really help him.” So, I responded: I hope this is helpful for your friend. It sounds like he was raised with a literalistic view of Genesis being six literal days. If so, I und ..read more
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