Jimmy Akin

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The “Unanimous Consent” of the Church Fathers

In 1546, the Council of Trent issued a decree which prohibited people from interpreting Scripture “contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.” The meaning and significance of this concept has been widely misunderstood, so let’s take a...

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it...

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Domitian and the Persecution That Didn’t Happen

It’s common to encounter claims that the Roman emperor Domitian was a major persecutor of Christians and that he demanded divine worship, insisting on being called “Lord and God.” It’s even common to hear these “facts” cited as important keys...

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Pope Hints at New CDF Document on End-of-Life Issues

Not a lot of people are aware of it, but the pope periodically meets with and gives a speech to the different departments at the Holy See. Every January, for example, he gives an address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)...

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Let’s Talk About Bad Singing in Church

Have you ever been in church and had someone sitting near you belting out hymns off-key or off-pitch? It happened to me this Sunday. A woman in the pew behind mine was singing enthusiastically, blasting my right ear with notes out of sync with...

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8 Things You Need to Know About Easter Sunday

Note: This article originally appeared on March 30, 2013.     The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus' resurrection a...

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12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 29, 2013.     Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do...

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9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 28, 2013.     Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Holy Thursday

This article originally appeared on March 27, 2013.   Every single Mass, we hear the words "on the night he was betrayed." That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need...

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Did More Than One Man Write Isaiah?

For most of Church history, the standard view was that the entire book of Isaiah—all 66 chapters of it—was written by one man: the original prophet Isaiah, who lived in the 700s B.C. However, most modern scholars propose that it is the work of...