Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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Are the Gospels a Myth?

One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.” Are they right? Is Christianity a myth? Are the gospels myths?  In a sense the gospels function like a myth. However, most of the atheists making this...

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Faith Walks on the Waves — Ideology Stays in the Boat

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, I’ve been thinking lately that there are really only three options. The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose...

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Were the Three Wise Men History or Myth?

In Lord of the Rings, the character Galadriel tells the story of the ring of power and says, “History became legend and legend became myth.” A good example of history becoming legend and legend becoming myth is the story of King...

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Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

You’ve seen pictures of splendid traditional Catholic worship. The clergy and servers are robed, the incense is billowing, the church building is magnificent. Would Jesus recognize such worship? The assumption is that Jesus is a simple,...

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Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the Rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7, where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain repetition as the pagans do.” Sure, when we pray the Rosary...

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Sex, Politics and Money

That headline got your attention didn’t it? They say the three topics you should avoid in polite conversation are sex, politics and money, but those are the only interesting things to talk about! In fact it’s difficult to have much of a...

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What’s Wrong With a Drive-Thru Parish

When I was an Anglican country priest on the Isle of Wight in England, the church was in the center of the village. The ancient idea of the church parish was that it was coterminous with the geographical parish. People lived around the village...

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How to Use the Lord’s Prayer as a Spiritual Weapon

I once attended a seminar on the deliverance ministry conducted by the author and psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. During the questions and answers three rather excitable women told Dr. McCall that there was a witches’ coven meeting in their town...

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No Obedience, No Heaven

“Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; where there is no virtue, there is no good; where there is no good there is no love; where there is no love, there is no God; and where there is no God, there is no Paradise” —St. Padre Pio I became...

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A Crucifix is One of the Signs of Orthodoxy

When an aggressive Evangelical challenges me for having a crucifix in church, one of my favorite apologetic one liners is to say, “We believe the Bible. Don’t you know 1 Corinthians 1:23, where Paul says, ‘We preach Christ and him...