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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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...

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Why Background Knowledge is Important for Spiritual Counsel

Recently I was contacted by an individual seeking spiritual counsel about, among other things, a strange phenomenon he was experiencing. Per my usual policy, I’m not going to identify this individual. I’m also going to refer to him with a...

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What Every Catholic Should Know About Obadiah

A Short Book Obadiah is only 21 verses long, which makes it the shortest book of the Old Testament. Because it’s so short, it doesn’t contain as much data as other books, and that means we have less to work with when answering important...

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Bart Ehrman is Wrong to Doubt Jesus’ Reputation as a Miracle Worker

Even skeptical scholars who don’t believe that Jesus really worked miracles acknowledge that, during his lifetime, he had a reputation as a healer and an exorcist. The numerous reports of Jesus’ healings and exorcisms in the Gospels are just too...

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The Four Gospels are Filled with Reports of Jesus’ Miracles

In his own day, did Jesus have a reputation as a miracle worker? Virtually all scholars—both believers and skeptics—are convinced that he did. The Gospels are filled with reports of his miracles. But Bart Ehrman disagrees. He argues that early...