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By Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, KofC, Church Militant, August 25, 2021

Raymond de Souza is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice. He is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a knight of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta, and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. …

 

How to respond to modernist fallacies

America is the country that has produced the largest number of lay Catholics who promote apologetics — the art of thinking and speaking with clarity in defense of the Faith.

In so doing, these defenders put into practice the exhortation of the first pope, St. Peter, in his first Epistle: “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a defense of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

The word apologetics is taken from a Greek word meaning “defense.” However, when we defend the Faith with piety, enthusiasm and vigor, as a true faithful Catholic is called to do, we often encounter a number of objections that make our life difficult if we are not experienced in the art of arguing — not so much because of the strength of the objection, but because of the manner in which the objections are presented: the modernist fallacies. …

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