The Spark: Pop apologists do not always take sufficient care in addressing actual claims. This distortion provokes the scandal of denying any truth in either claim, as too many find a third and worst path, that of apathy — why worry about truth if there are such vile arguments over it?
The Method: Centrally, this blog will feature a careful perspective without the rancor and divisiveness characterized by too many debates about God and elements of His natural law. When not possible to show two distinct, honest perspectives aiming for truth, I will take care to make every consideration to the opposing side of the debate, noting as many objections as I am aware.
The Stance: As a Catholic, I have a vested interest in apologetics, but not for the reasons perhaps often assumed.
- It is not to preserve an institution. If She doesn’t last through the end of eternity, She is not the Church. Individual Catholics have done such damage to the Church that She should not still stand, but She still stands, and stands strong.
- It is not to preserve victory during the immediate, coming generations. We can come to this conclusion even ignoring clear Catholic teaching that She rightly and accurately proposes the fullness of known truth. Mere pragmatic hope tells us that birthrates among faithful Catholics and Mormons and a thousand other family-orthodox communions will take care of that.
- It is not, primarily, to test and enrich my faith. Blog entries are not harder than daily prayer, but more cumbersome to me than reading, say, C.S. Lewis or G.K. Chesterton. However, the opposite side of that coin is very attractive to me, and so I issue this challenge: Destroy my errant gargoyles! Scrape away my malicious moss! By these efforts the cathedral, the rock, will stand all the taller!
The Purpose: I wish sincerely to be my brother’s keeper. I primarily wish to explain what non-Catholics reject by rejecting the Catholic Church, what they have to gain by gaining it. Concise truth is difficult, but I will work on it. Unfaithful Catholics are a particular problem, and we must pray God leads them back to the faith of their ancestors, as they do more harm against the efficacy — not the truth — of the Church than anyone.
The Promise: I hereby swear to avoid to the best of my ability blanket statements which mischaracterize any truth. Since you’ve been kind enough to read all of this, a word of secret advice: Click the pictures and see a tangent.