Choose a topic from Vol 2:


Proof of God's existence
God's nature
Supreme control over all things and the problem of suffering and evil


Destiny of man
Immortality of man's soul
Pre-existence denied
The human free will
Determinism absurd


Necessity of religion
Salvation of the soul
Voice of science
Religious racketeers
Divine revelation
Revealed mysteries
Existence of miracles

The Religion of the Bible

Gospels historical
Missing Books of the Bible
The Bible inspired
Biblical account of creation
New Testament problems
Supposed contradictions in Sacred Scripture

The Christian Faith

Source of Christian teaching
Jewish rejection of Christ
Christianity a new religion
Rational foundation for belief
Causes of unbelief

A Definite Christian Faith

Divisions amongst Christians
Schisms unjustified
Facing the problem
The wrong approach
Is one religion as good as another?
Obligation of inquiry
Charity and tolerance

The Protestant Reformation

Meaning of "Protestant"
Causes of the Reformation
Catholic reaction
Reformers mistaken
The idealization of Protestantism
The Catholic estimate

The Truth of Catholicism

Meaning of the word "Church"
Origin of the Church
The Catholic claim
The Roman hierarchy
The Pope
The Petrine text
St. Peter's supremacy
St. Peter in Rome
Temporal power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Apostolicity of the Church
Indefectibility of the Church
Obligation to be a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic attitude towards the Bible
Is Bible reading forbidden to Catholics?
Protestant Bibles
The Catholic Douay Version
Principle of private interpretation
Need of Tradition
The teaching authority of the Catholic Church

The Dogmas of the Church

Revolt against dogma
Value of a Creed
The divine gift of Faith
Faith and reason
The "Dark Ages"
The claims of science
The Holy Trinity
Creation and evolution
Grace and salvation
The Sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
The Catholic Priesthood
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
The resurrection of the body
The end of the world

The Church and Her Moral Teachings

The Inquisition
Other superstitions
Attendance at Mass
Sex education
Attitude to "Free Love"

The Church in Her Worship

Magnificent edifices
Lavish ritual
Women in Church
Catholics and "Mother's Day"
Liturgical Days
Burial rites
Candles and votive lamps
The rosary
Lourdes water
The Scapular

The Church and Social Welfare

Social influence of the Church
The education question
The Church and world distress
Catholic attitude towards Capitalism
The remedy for social ills
Communism condemned
The Fascist State
Morality of war
May individuals become soldiers?
The Church and peace
Capital punishment
Catholic Action

Comparative Study of Non-Catholic Denominations

Defections from the Catholic Church
Coptic Church
Greek Orthodox Church
Anglican Episcopal Church
The "Free" or "Nonconformist" Churches
Church of Christ
Seventh Day Adventists
Plymouth Brethren
Catholic Apostolic Church or Irvingites
Salvation Army
Christian Science
British Israelism
Liberal Catholics
Witnesses of Jehovah
Buchmanism or the "Oxford Group Movement"
From Protestantism to Catholicism

To and From Rome

Conversion of Cardinal Newman
Why Gladstone refrained
The peculiar case of Lord Halifax
Gibbon the historian
Secession of Father Chiniquy
Father Tyrrell, the modernist
Bishop Garrett's departure
Judgment on lapsed Catholics
Protestant apathy towards conversion of Catholics
Principles for converts to Catholicism
God's will that all should become Catholics

Value of a Creed

489. Christianity demands that we get our heartsright, and our motives clean.

That cannot be accepted as a complete summary of the teachingsof Christ. If there is one thing certain it is that Christ wantedus to get our heads right as well as our hearts. He is not only theway to be followed; He is the truth to be believed. As a matter offact, one cannot get one's heart right and one's motivesclean until he knows what it means to have a right heart and cleanmotives. Yet the moment he makes any definite statement as to thenature of these things he invades the region of dogma, and isforced to declare a creed. The idea that it is conduct that counts,and that creeds do not matter; that behavior and not belief is whatwe want, is, of course, a complete reversal of the axiom,"Believe on Christ and be saved." At one time peopleinsisted on faith without works. Now works without faith aredemanded. But the Catholic Church opposes both extremes. Faith andworks are necessary; belief and behavior are required; the heartmust be right, but it must not run away with the head. By all meanslet us strive after Christian conduct; but we must not make that anexcuse for denying the Christian creed.

490. What is the value of a creed if it does not winthe souls of men to Christ?

It would still have value, even if it did not do that, providedit correctly recorded the teaching of Christ. The truth would stillhave its value as the truth, even if men did not live up to it.Also, even if men are not living for Christ, it is better for themto have a correct creed than a wrong one. They at least would admitthe truth of His teachings even though they did not fulfill Hisprecepts. Surely that is better than rejecting both His teachingsand His precepts. Again, the sinner who has a correct creed is in abetter position when he does want to yield his soul to Christ thanthe sinner who has mistaken ideas concerning the nature and dutiesof Christ's religion.



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