The Catholic Quest Part 2: The Gift of Faith in relation to the Church and Angels

The Quest continues! Today marks the second post in a series of an exploration of Catholic doctrine and theology. You may wish to refer to my last post to get a gist of what these posts are about. Just to remind you, I am going through the Youth Cathechism for the Catholic Church called YOUCAT. And, as always, the disclaimer is that this is a discussion and exploration, not a Catholic bashing post! Now that’s out the way, onto the subjects in question – the gift of faith in relation to the Church and Angels.

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Book Review: Faith and the Creeds by Alister McGrath @SPCKPublishing

Faith and the Creeds by Alister McGrath Series: Christian Belief for Everyone #1 Published by SPCK Publishing on February 2013 Genres: Apologetics, Doctrine, Theology Pages: 128 Format: Paperback The Christian Belief for Everyone series comprises five reliable, accessible and readable guides to the basic ideas of the Christian faith. Full of stories and helpful illustrations, these guides have been written primarily for ordinary churchgoers but will also appeal to interested readers outside the church. The approach Alister McGrath adopts is non-denominational, very similar to the ‘mere Christianity’ advocated by C. S. Lewis. Indeed, the series may be seen as a…

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Christians can be too serious.

Christians can be too serious? Too right they can be. I bet it’s one of the most off putting things for those who aren’t Christians… Christians who can’t laugh, can’t joke and take every little thing too seriously.

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Churches are declining, the Church is rising.

Part of my dissertation was to try to answer as to why  church attendance was declining. I came up (along with many theologians and scholars) countless reasons as to why people were leaving churches and practically never coming back, bar a wedding, funeral or crib service. Things like work, family commitments, lack of faith, lack of interest, travelling were all common justifications. But I couldn’t help but feel that many were suggesting these justifications because they were and are merely excuses.

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What is faith if you cannot defend it?

Today, I’ve been thinking about faith. And today I’ve decided to write a post on faith, and hopefully you will tell me what you think about it. You see, when people think of faith, they attach certain opinions to it, such as… It’s biased It’s ‘blind faith’ It has no rationality to it It doesn’t carry any weight It’s a mechanism for coping And the list goes on. Well, today, I’ve been thinking specifically about Christian faith (I hope you don’t mind if I talk about Christian faith, because this blog is primarily Christian; though input from other philosophies and…

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A conversation with Einstein

A friend reminded me today of a script (Thanks Stevie for the heads up!). The script is a conversation between a lecturer and a student about science and faith/religion. Turns out that the student was Einstein! Anyway, see what you think. It would be great for you to post your thoughts on this as well as

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What religion fits you?

I’ve been thinking about religion today. And let’s be honest, there’s millions of religions out there. Well, maybe not millions, but definitely thousands. And as one person commented on my blog a little while ago, there are over 3,700 known ‘gods’ that people worship. I wonder why this could be? Well, I don’t wonder actually. I think I know why there are so many religions, but please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Today, I was directed towards

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The difficulty of Faith

Faith is a very difficult concept to get our heads around. I mean, faith sometimes seems as if we’re gambling or making uneducated risks. When we apply this thinking to Christianity, it requires faith which shapes and changes our whole lives. Many people therefore have a huge problem with Christianity because

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The Church is the Body of Christ

I had the great privilege of leading a church small group tonight. A small group is exactly what it says on the tin; a small group of Christians, meeting to pray, read & discuss the bible, worship and to build friendship with eachother. I decided to to

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BBC is accused of being ‘Anti Christian’

According to a survey which was commissioned by the BBC itself, both viewers and staff recently expressed concerns about “tokenism” and diversity “box-ticking” concerning the portrayal of Christians on TV. It is maintained by some that the corporation retains a politically Left-wing or “liberal bias” and

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