Catholicism - Now I Get It!


Study Guide to CHAPTER 2: "Now I Get to the Bottom of Things"




What is the Argument from Design? the Argument from First Cause? the Argument from Motion? the Argument from Moral Law?

What made Antony Flew, formerly one of the world's leading atheist scholars, withdraw his support for atheism?

What evidence is there that Jesus rose from the dead? How many people saw him after he rose from the dead?

What evidence is there that Scripture was written by eye-witnesses of Jesus and the Apostles?

In Jn 20-28, how does the Apostle Thomas address Jesus?

What Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus?

What are some of the miracles recorded in the Bible?

What role do miracles continue to play in Christianity?

What discoveries about DNA boost the arguments for intelligent design of the universe?

What is the difference between Darwinism and intelligent design?

What historical and theological errors were contained in Dan Brown's best-selling book "The Da Vinci Code?"



Suggestions for further reading:

Beginning Apologetics 4: How to Answer Atheists and New Agers (booklet by Fr. Frank Chacon)

Decoding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of by Amy Welborn

Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli

The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God (Hugh Ross, NavPress, 1995, Colorado Springs, CO)

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (focusing on evidence for Christianity)

The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel (focusing on evidence for Christianity)

The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel (focusing on evidence for Christianity)

The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen (focusing on evidence for Christianity)

The Old Riddle and the Newest Answers by John GERARD ((London, 1904).

Essays on Un-natural History by John Gerard

THE UNKNOWN GOD by Alfred Noyes

 Apologetics and Christian Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan

Principles of Natural Theology by George Hayward Joyce, 1923

Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine by Archbishop Michael Sheehan

God and the Supernatural by Father Cuthbert

Voyage to Lourdes by Alexis Carrel, Nobel Prize winner in medicine

The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ by Gary R. Habermas,

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig L. Blomberg

New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F.F. Bruce

Raised from the Dead: True Stories of 400 Resurrection Miracles by Fr. Albert J. Hebert, S.M.

Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz

The Incorruptibles by Joan Carroll Cruz

The Stigmata and Modern Science by Charles Fr. M. Carty

Mysteries, Marvels, Miracles in the Lives of the Saints by Joan Carroll Cruz



Helpful entries from the online Catholic Encyclopedia


Existence of God

Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Ascension

New Testament




Rene Descartes


Blaise Paschal

Constantine the Great

The Bible


HELPFUL WEB SITES (St. Thomas Aquinas’ proofs of God) (Summary of arguments for God) (Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas) (Science, Design & the Cosmological Argument) (Philosophy & Christianity) (Reasons to Believe) (Catholic apologetics) (lists books proving Christianity) (Summa Theologica: the theological masterpiece of St. Thomas Aquinas) (Life and Works of St. Thomas Aquinas) (Summa Contra Gentiles by St. Thomas Aquinas) (Intelligent Design or Mindless Evolution – 2005) (Two Lourdes miracles and a Nobel Laureate) (critique of Da Vinci Code) (critique of Da Vinci Code)



What does Scripture record about the the moment Jesus died?  Mt. 27: 50-54:  And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

What does Scripture record about the Empty Tomb? Mt 28:1-20   And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

What does Scripture record about the Transfiguration of Jesus? Mt. 17: 1-8:  And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Eli'jah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah." He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only

What does Scripture record about the Ascension? Lk. 24:51:  While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.    Mark 16:19:  So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.   Acts 1:8-11 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama'ria and to the end of the earth." And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."

What does Scripture record about Pentecost? See Acts 2:1-12

What did Jesus say about Himself? See John 8:19, John 8:58-59, John 10:38.

What else is recorded about the status of Jesus by New Testament writers? Tit. 2:13, Col 2:9, Jn 1:1, Acts 20:28, Eph. 1:7

What does Scripture record about Jesus' promises to His Church? Mt 16:18-19, Mt 18:18,  Jn 16:13, Lk 10:16, Mt. , Mt 28:20






Further Helps

Next time you receive Communion, ask Jesus to come into your heart. Pray that your faith is increased.

Thank God for the wonders of nature He created. Thank Him for the people around you. Thank Him for sending His Son into the world to give his life as a Sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have eternal life and happiness.





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