Choose a topic from Vol 3:


Reason proves God's existence
Primitive monotheism
Mystery of God's inner nature
Personality of God
Providence of God and the problem of evil


Immortal destiny of man
Can earth give true happiness?
Do human souls evolve?
Is transmigration possible?
Animal souls
Freedom of will
Free will and faith


Religion and God
The duty of prayer
The mysteries of religion
Can we believe in miracles?

The Religion of the Bible

Historical character of the Gospels
Canonical Books of the Bible
Original Manuscripts
Copyists' errors
Truth of the Bible
New Testament "contradictions"

The Christian Religion

Christianity alone true
Not the product of religious experience
Compared with Buddhism, Confucianism, Mahometanism, Bahaism, etc.,
Rejected by modern Jews
The demand for miracles
The necessity of faith
Difficulties not doubts
Proofs available
Dispositions of unbelievers

A Definite Christian Faith

One religion not as good as another
Changing one's religion
Catholic convictions and zeal
Religious controversy
The curse of bigotry
Towards a solution

The Problem of Reunion

Efforts at the reunion of the Churches
The Church of England as a "Bridge-Church"
Anglicans and the Greek Orthodox Church
The "Old Catholics" of Holland
Reunion Conferences
Catholic Unity
The Papacy as reunion center
Protestant hostility to Catholicism
The demands of charity

The Truth of Catholicism

Necessity of the Church
The true Church
Catholic claim absolute
A clerical hierarchy
Papal Supremacy
Temporal Power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Catholic attitude to converts
Indefectible Apostolicity
Necessity of becoming a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic belief in the Bible
Bible-reading and private interpretation
Value of Tradition and the "Fathers"
Guidance of the Church necessary

The Dogmas of the Catholic Church

Dogmatic certainty
Credal statements
Faith and reason
The voice of science
Fate of rationalists
The dogma of the Trinity
Creation and evolution
The existence of angels
Evil spirits or devils
Man's eternal destiny
The fact of sin
Nature and work of Christ
Mary, the mother of God
Grace and salvation
The sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
Man's death and judgment
Resurrection of the body
End of the World

Moral Teachings of the Catholic Church

Catholic intolerance
The Spanish Inquisition
Prohibition of Books
Liberty of worship
Forbidden Socieities
Church attendance
The New Psychology
Deterministic philosophy
Marriage Legislation
Birth Prevention
Monastic Life
Convent Life
Legal defense of murderers
Laywers and divorce proceedings
Judges in Divorce
Professional secrecy

The Church in Her Worship

Why build churches?
Glamor of ritual
The "Lord's Prayer"
Pagan derivations
Liturgical symbolism
Use of Latin
Intercession of Mary and the Saints

The Church and Social Welfare

The Church and Education
The Social Problem
Social Duty of the Church
Catholicism and Capitalism

The "Lord's Prayer"

1286. Why do Protestants use the word "which" instead of "who" in the Lord's prayer?

Because they have taken the prayer from different English translations of the New Testament. The Catholic version uses "who" as the relative pronoun; the Protestant version uses "which." In our days, the pronoun "which" is reserved rather for things than for persons. As used in the Protestant version of the "Our Father," therefore, it is obsolete. But its use as a personal pronoun instead of "who" was quite correct at the time the Protestant translation was made. It is a correct form of old English, used at the time by both Catholics and Protestants. Quite a common expression in Chaucer is such a phrase as "The Abbot which was a holy man." Protestants use an obsolete form, but it was quite correct when the translation was made, and is intended even now in a perfectly correct sense. No Protestant has any idea of regarding God as a thing rather than as a person by his use of the word "which."

1287. I always understood that "which" applied only to inanimate things.

That is because usage has restricted it to inanimate things so long as you can remember. But, although you have always understood it to refer only to inanimate things, the word itself has not always been applied only to inanimate things in the English language.

1288. I have asked some Protestants to tell me, and they could not do so.

It is because they have learned the "Our Father" from their Protestant Bible just as it is written there. But merely because they use a quite legitimate form of English which happens to be a little archaic now, we must not suggest that they are treating God with contempt as an inanimate thing. No good Protestant who says the "Lord's Prayer" would dream of doing that.



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