Common Objections

When we do our open air presentations, we face pretty much the same objections that all Catholics (and other Christian) face when friends and family members are reminded of our life of faith and adherence to the practices that our faith requires.

We have a definite advantage – we know within an hour when the objections are coming. But let’s not be naive. The objections are coming for every believer.

So here’s a short list of the most common objections and some resources to address them:

  1. More people have died in religious wars than for any other reason (or something like that).
    I’m not quite sure what would constitute a “religious war” but the numbers are pretty quickly settled when you look at the wars and dictators of the 20th century.  World War I, World War II, Russian Civil War, and Chinese Civil Wars  accounts for roughly 100 million directly (see this chart) and Stalin, Hitler and Mao Zedong are responsible for somewhere between 50 and 100 million , depending on who you believe (see here).
  2. The Catholic Church is anti-science (progress, intellect, puppies). Look at the beheading of Galileo.
    In 1992 the music duet, Indigo Girls penned these lyrics in their first Top 10 song Galileo :

    “Galileo’s head was on the block
    The crime was looking up for truth”

    This would be hilarious if it hadn’t further ingrained an anti-Catholic lie, namely that Galileo’s crime was not truth seeking but sloppy science (that’s a sort of losing one’s head) while being a jerk to his friend, the Pope. And his punishment was house arrest (with a servant assigned by the Pope). You can read all about it here.

  3. The only things that actually exist (are true) are things that can be tested (measured, proven, etc.).
    This is actually the most popular among young men on college campuses. It’s based on a self-refuting proposition since one cannot prove, measure, test the idea that the only things that exist are things that can be tested. 500 years ago we had no idea that subatomic particles existed and for someone back then to say that they did or didn’t exist would have been a fools errand. But they did exist. Now I’m not saying that we’ll ever discover God by using some measuring device that’s properly calibrated to the spirit realm like the P.K.E. (Psychokinetic Energy) meter in GhostBusters.I’m only saying there is no way to prove that something doesn’t exist just because we can’t measure or test it. The real issue at stake is whether the world is only material in nature and thus measurable using devices that measure matter and energy or their effects. That’s my next objection.
  4. There is nothing but the material world. 
    The best argument that I know against materialism goes like this: There is a thing called triangularity. It is the qualities common to every triangle. Things like the sum of the angles add up to 360 degrees and such. Some would say that triangularity only exists as synapses firing in a persons brain. My question then is: Did triangularity exist before anyone thought of it – or before any human existed? Since triangularity and other similar truths are discovered and not invented they existed even though they are not material.

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