Teen 2 boys talking with books - apologetics- smallWritten By: Lawrence Lam,

I just finished reading Mark Brumley’s The Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics. Man, I wish I had read this a long time ago because I have probably committed each one of the sins described therein over my course of discussing and debating the faith. This book almost sort of fell from heaven for me, in the sense that I found it randomly while cleaning the church, and seeing no name on it, decided to borrow it for my own absorption and reflection. In the spirit of this penitential season of Lent, I thought I’d provide the outline of the book – but what is more likely to convict you, to those who have been mired in similar heated debates, are the examples and stories. So it’s worthwhile to pick up.

The seven deadly sins are: (deadly is a bit of an exaggeration of course, but it’s less attractive to call them ‘counterproductive sins’)

  1. Apologetical Gluttony
  2. Reducing the Faith to Arguments and apologetics to arguments
  3. Confusing Catholic teaching with the Arguments for them
  4. Contentiousness
  5. Friendly Fire
  6. Trying to “Win”
  7. Pride

The antidote to the above, are the 7 apologetical virtues:

  1. Prayer
  2. Study
  3. Dialogue
  4. Clarity
  5. Faith
  6. Hope
  7. Charity

Apologetics is excitement in its intellectual satisfaction, but in a post-Christian society, it can also be frustrating and bewildering to be alone. I will write more about this in a future post. For now, the Litany of the 21st-Century Young Catholic is worth a meditation:



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