I have taught a Scriptural apologetics class for several years, and I’ve had several people who have taken the class tell me they would like a “refresher” course. Hence this blog. My intent is to post brief snippets that can be digested in a few minutes, 2-4 times a week. Feel free to follow if you’re so inclined, and you’re welcome to share with others if you wish.
When learning the Scriptural basis of our Catholic faith, it is worth noting that while there are many Catholic Bible studies that have been created by different ministries or individuals, there is not an official Catholic Bible commentary written by the Magisterium of the Church. So while there are many Scriptures that will be offered that support the Catholic perspective and teachings, it would be incorrect to say that the Church has an official interpretation on the great majority of these passages. From the Catechism it is easy to know what the Church teaches. We are also able to find alignment for those beliefs in Scripture, which is the reason for a Scriptural apologetics course.
I’ll cover a broad range of topics, from some of the basics we believe about the nature of God, how Catholics view salvation, the sacraments, authority, Purgatory, Marian dogmas and the saints. If you’re looking for something specific let me know, and I’ll either respond individually or make sure it’s on the list for a future post.
I’ll often contrast our Catholic beliefs with those of other Christians for the purpose to help us better understand the differences between different Christian groups on these topics. In examining the beliefs of other Christians, I have one hard rule and that is to use their sources that state their position. Most Catholics have experienced the frustration of having our beliefs misrepresented, and I earnestly try to not ever do that.
Comments are welcome as long as we maintain a spirit of charity. May we always remember Venerable Fulton Sheen’s words – “It’s entirely possible to win an argument….and lose a soul.” May our focus always be Christ, in whom we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).