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By Jason Gale, Catholic Exchange, June 1, 2020

Jason Gale is the Director of the Center for Evangelization and Catechesis at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a Masters degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. …

Jason GaleMichael Therrien’s recent post focused on the important relationship between Catechesis, Evangelization, and Apologetics. He summarizes the article, “We must reach the heart through love and mercy before we can reach the head with truth.” There have been other such articles that emphasize the need for someone to be properly evangelized before going into catechesis or engaging them in apologetics. Another main point, Therrien states, “When the time is right, we instruct people in the content of the faith and elevate their understanding of the sacred mysteries.” I will not necessarily get into the distinction of apologetics, evangelization, and catechesis, but I would like to offer a rebuttal to these two ideas.

First, let us look at the idea that we must get them to love Jesus before we teach them systematically. This idea can be challenged with the simple principle that you cannot love (or love rightly) what you do not know. The idea that we can simply influence the person’s will to love without addressing the intellect is theological backward. ….

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