Reviews, Critiques, Surveys

Critics of My Books

December 14, 2007

I was made aware of two critical comments on my book Upon this Rock. I generally tend to defend my works if I have time. I have briefly addressed each for anyone interested. The comments were made by Michael Whelton in his book Popes and Patriarchs. He was an Anglican turned Catholic, who was then disallusioned by [...]

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Christianity’s Contribution to Society

December 3, 2007

Christianity is often criticized as a destroyer of freedom and society, limiting freedoms and intellectual pursuits. A new book is out by Harvard professor D'Souza entitled What’s So Great About Christianity” (Regnery Publishing). Fr. John Flynn, LC writes an excellent review and discussion of the book and the topic. Click here for the excellent article.

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Author of “Golden Compass” Dishonest

December 1, 2007

On the real intent and dishonesty of Pullman, author of Golden Compass, click here to read Jimmy Akins comments.

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New Evangelical book on the Church Fathers

November 18, 2007

There is a new book published on the Church Fathers written by a self-professed “proud, dispensational, conservative, born-again fundie.” He is from Moody Bible Institute.  I ordered a copy of Getting to Know the Church Fathers by Bryan Litfin. Below is an excerpt from an interview he gave with Susan Wunderink for Christianity Today. Having [...]

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The Eagle & the Noisy Crows — Thoughts on Dr. Beckwith and his Critics

November 14, 2007

Steve Ray here. My kids and I recently pooled together all of our resources and bought land way out in the country on a river with a forest. My daughter and son-in-law's house is already half built and the rest of our family plans to join them soon. Lord willing, I will semi-retire there with all my [...]

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Watched House MD?

November 12, 2007

Most interesting part is in blue text below. NO TV in our house Janet and I got rid of our television service earlier this year and we love it. We don’t even get the local channels anymore. I was raised without TV since my dad would not get a TV — saying “We will read [...]

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The Golden Compass — an Anti-religious Movie?

November 8, 2007

I have received several e-mails warning me not to see the new fantasy movie entitled The Golden Compass — or allow my kids to see it. I have been told that it is done with an extreme bias against religion, especially Catholicism and the Christian faith. Is this true? Snopes says YES and explains. Also, read [...]

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“Defending Life” by new Catholic “Revert” Dr. Francis Beckwith

September 28, 2007

 Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, by Francis J. Beckwith  (Cambridge, 312 pp., $22.99)  Review by RYAN T. ANDERSON "Supreme Court Settles Abortion Issue”: So declared the New York Times the day after the Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. But as the past 34 years have shown, there is no question less settled in American public life [...]

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“Price of all the divisions among Christians today is high. Too high.”

August 26, 2007

Here is an interesting review of a new book published by Smithsonian Institute — which is neither Catholic nor Protestant, Muslim nor Jewish. I just ordered a rush copy of the book. Enjoy this article as a preface to my upcoming response to the charge that all of us Catholic apologists are liars and deceivers who [...]

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Jimmy Akin Comments on Harry Potter

July 22, 2007

With the new Harry Potter book out this weekend, Jimmy Akin has put up a timely blog entry about Harry — along with suggesting a good alternative. You can read Jimmy's comments here. Jimmy introduced us to the alternative entitled Starswarm.  By the way, I could never get into the Harry Potter books, but my wife [...]

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Wrestling with God – Very Interesting Movie

June 20, 2007

Last night Janet and I watched a movie which I had gotten on a whim because it was Jewish and sounded interesting. It was — both! It was entitled Ushpizin and followed an Orthodox Jewish couple wrestling with God — and each other and everyone else — during the festival of Succoth. It has a [...]

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Review of Pope’s New Book

May 29, 2007

Pope Benedict's book "Jesus of Nazareth" will be out in English on May 15. I ask people to buy it from Ignatius Press if possible, to help them and our DVD series. You can read a good review of the book here.

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Titanic Mistake — by Deal Hudson

March 3, 2007

With the Discovery Channel's tragic show on Sunday, it is good for Christians to arm themselves with the truth — reality and archaeology — not nonsense and amateurism. Deal Hudson's article Titanic Mistake is worth reading, printing, and giving to others who will be effected by this unfortunate "documentary."

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Did They Discover the Bones of Jesus?

February 26, 2007

CATHOLIC NEW SERVICE STORY — VERY GOOD For an excellent and forthright overview and critique, click here for the Catholic News Service report. INTERVIEW WITH KLONER THE ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST WHO DISCOVERED THE TOMB First Question: "What do you make of the assertion that Jesus and his family were buried there?"  Answer: "It makes a great story for a [...]

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“Noise” Teresa Tomeo’s New Book on the Media

February 22, 2007

Teresa Tomeo has a history in the media, both secular and Catholic. She understands the ins and outs and in her new book Noise she teaches us to understand the media and how to protect ourselves and our kids. I wrote an endorsement for the book which states: "By putting the media under the microscope, [...]

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USCCB’s Best Movies of 2006

January 13, 2007

For the United States Council of Catholic Bishops' Top Ten Movies of 2006, click here. For their lists for previous lists and reviews, click here. For Steve Ray's all-time favorite movies, click here.

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