Is God Impossible?

When St. Thomas Aquinas wrote his great Summa Theologiae, he listed only two objections to the existence of God (the problem of evil and the apparent ability of science to explain everything), even though he tried to list at least three objections to each of his views. During my doctoral studies, however, I came across…

Did God Create Evil?

The careful reader of sacred Scripture cannot help but notice some passages that seem to conflict with one another. One of these apparent conflicts can be found in comparing Genesis 1, in which everything that God creates is called “good,” with the prophet Isaiah’s claim on God’s behalf: “I form the light, and create darkness:…

Responding to The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil is an ancient difficulty that arises from the question of how an all-powerful, all-good God could exist given the amount of evil in the world. While atheism has no good response to evil, and theism has some very good ones – Christianity alone can account for both evil and suffering in…

Morality and the Vision of God

We all know we’re supposed to be good people, but what does it mean to be good? How does the Church reach conclusions on disputed ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia, or marital issues? In this short video, I go over the Church’s natural law method of determining morality – and why it is necessary to…

Protestants and Polygamy

A “New Sexual Frontier”? Christianity Today recently posted a report on the shifting views of polyamory  (polyamory is the generic term for multiple-partner sexual relationships / marriages, polygamy only refers to having multiple wives – polyandry for multiple husbands).  After explaining a situation in which a “Christian couple” was encouraged by a “Christian counselor” to…

Brightburn: Ring of Geyges Redux?

The 2019 film Brightburn poses an interesting question: What would happen if an alien being crash landed in rural Iowa as a baby, was adopted by human parents, and eventually discovered he had superhuman powers? Now this premise should not sound original to nearly anyone in Western civilization for the last 80 years or so…