Jimmy Akin

Is the Vulgate the Catholic Church’s Official Bible?

St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate is the most influential Bible translation in the history of western Christendom. As a translation, it’s been astoundingly important—even more than the King James Version. For many centuries, it effectively was the...

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...

Jesus’ Mysterious Prophecy About the Temple

Skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels were written between A.D. 60 and 115. I’d put the beginning of that range a little earlier and say they were written between 50 and 115, so he and I are in general agreement on the broad time...

Does St. Paul Offer Clues About the Dating of the Gospels?

Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. Let’s talk about that.   The Basic Summary In the 6th edition of his textbook The New Testament: A Historical...

God Can Neither Deceive Nor Be Deceived

Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about...

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...

12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday

Note: This article originally appeared 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 we celebrate...

9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

Note: This article originally appeared 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 of God Himself...

10 Things You Need to Know About Holy Thursday

Note: 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...

Are the Past and the Future Real?

(Go to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3)   Some people think that only the present is real and that the past and the future don’t exist. This view—known as “presentism”—encounters problems if God exists chang