It’s good to know the truth
We ask questions all the time.
We pose them to our friends, family, acquaintances, coworkers, you name it.
In any extended conversation, questions will abound on a wide variety of topics. Sometimes those questions are about religion and we have all experienced being asked about that topic.
As Catholics, it behooves us to be able to answer the many questions the world is sure to throw at us. It’s in keeping with Scripture that we be always prepared “to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence; and keep your conscience clear” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
The truth of God’s revelation sets man free and we stand in a position of being able to share it with anyone we may encounter.
Trent Horn can give you a hand
Trent Horn, staff apologist with Catholic Answers, recently released his fourth book titled “Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons For Faith, Hope And Love“.
As the title suggests, Trent sets out to provide well-grounded and charitable answers to the many questions Catholics are faced with on a daily basis. Everything from the existence of God to the problem of evil, from the resurrection of Jesus to the hope of eternal life in heaven, in 25 brief yet substantial chapters, Trent has gifted us with a magnificent bird’s eye-view of some of the most common aspects of the Catholic faith that get questioned on a daily basis.
One particular chapter that deserves special mention is number 16 titled “Why we believe in spite of scandal”.
Armed with statistical data that I had never heard of before and a candid yet balanced tone, Trent manages to make, to my mind, a very compelling case for the fact that despite the heinous sins of some of its members, the identity of the Catholic Church as the spotless Bride of Christ remains the same. This quote captures the essence of that chapter:
The issue is not whether the patients are sinners, or even if the staff are sinners. The issue is whether the hospital (or the Church) has the cure for sin that has infected everyone.
How Can You Believe This Stuff?
Trent wanted to answer a question he (and most devout Catholics) get often: How can you believe all this stuff?
This is the number-one question Catholics get asked—and, sometimes, we ask ourselves.
Why do we believe that God exists, that he became a man and came to save us, that what looks like a wafer of bread is actually his body?
Why do we believe that he inspired a holy book and founded an infallible Church to teach us the one true way to live?
Be Not Afraid
It can be daunting to face a situation where our faith is questioned or even challenged. A lot of us wish we had all the answers at our fingertips or at the very least something to give to those inquiring of us that’s both accurate and accessible.
Trent’s book is more than capable of making all this possible, especially for most average people who, in Trent’s own words from another memorable quote, “aren’t in a rush to read a book that is so thick it can double as a step stool“.
This book is 1) accessible to any reader, 2) enjoyable to read, and 3) equips you with excellent answers to the questions you are asked about Catholicism.
It is my hope and prayer that this book will strengthen your resolve and prepare you to witness to our Lord Jesus Christ in a way that brings glory and honor to His name.