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

Resurrection of the body

977. Christians say, "I believe in the resurrection of the body." What does that mean?

It means that eventually, when God wills it, all human bodies will come forth from the graves, being re-formed, and occupied once more by the souls which previously animated them. Thus in John V., 28, Jesus says, "The hour cometh wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of God. And they that have done good things shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment." This general resurrection will take place at the end of the world when Christ comes to judge mankind.

978. By the resurrection, do you mean that a person will come out alive with a new body from the grave in which his dead body was placed?

Not all dead bodies have been placed in graves. Some have been buried at sea; others have been cremated. By the resurrection I mean that the bodies of the dead will be restored, in whatever way they were disposed of. They will be not so much new bodies, as renewed bodies, endowed with spiritualizing characteristics unknown to them in this life. As St. Paul says, "It is sown a natural body; it shall rise a spiritual body .... Behold I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again; we shall be changed, yet not wholly changed. This mortal must put on immortality." When you ask whether I believe this, I say yes. For God has revealed that it will occur. And no difficulty presents itself. The God who can create, can certainly restore. And it is no more remarkable that man should be restored, body and soul, to a renewed existence than that he should have come in the first place from complete non-existence. If we are going to talk of the incredible, it is more incredible that your body should exist now whereas once it did not exist, than that it should re-exist after having existed as a matter of fact. The question, "Can it be?" does not really arise. The one question is, "Will it be?" And God says that it will be. I am certainly prepared to accept God's word for it.

979. As the atoms composing the human body constantly change, how can a soul attain the particular body it had on earth?

As my soul animates this body of mine, so the very idea of resurrection demands that the same soul will re-animate this body once more. Now it is true, as you say, that when a man dies the atoms and chemical elements composing his body are dissipated, and re-combined in new vegetable and animal forms. However, my repossession of my earthly material body does not demand that it resumes the whole of the same identical matter which it employed during the whole course of its earthly life. If the resurrection did demand this, it would be impossible. What is necessary is that something of the matter possessed by my body at some time during life be reassembled. After all, I have spoken consistently of my body for over forty years. The increase of the quantity of matter as I grew from boyhood to manhood in no way affected identity. Through all biological variations of matter I have ever retained my identical body. And in the resurrection I shall have that identical body in at least the same sense as that in which I have retained it during the constant biological and chemical changes of life in this world. Let us not forget, concerning the resurrection of the body, that it is in the order of supernatural mysteries even as the intimate life of God which is faintly indicated to us by the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The resurrection, therefore, involves much above the powers of natural human reason, though it in no way violates reason. Any apparent conflict with reason will be due to extravagant claims in no way derived from the actual texts of Scripture.

980. How is a resurrection possible when bodies have been cremated and their ashes scattered to the wind? And what of those that have been eaten by wild animals?

The possibility of the resurrection of the body is no more staggering than the possibility of its coming into being in the first place. Is it easier to get being, or to get it back? Custom makes the first seem easy; lack of present experience makes the other seem impossible. The objection from cremation, or the devouring of human bodies by animals is too superficial to merit much discussion. The matter necessary for the reconstitution of the body in an eternal life need not be wholly identical with the atoms of matter constantly changing in us now. In any case, no one knows just what matter is. Scientists, if anything, are tending to dematerialize it. One thing is certain. We can safely leave the management of all this to God.



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