Apologetics

A look at what Catholics actually believe and why

The Genesis serpent and literal Bible interpretation

Does either the Bible or Catholicism require the serpent in Genesis to be taken absolutely literally? The answer is no. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Protestant) states in its article, “Serpent”: “Most of the Biblical references to serpents are of a figurative nature, and they usually imply poisonous qualities. The wicked (Psalms 58:4), the persecutor…

Do Catholics and Muslims worship the same God?

The concerns reflected in my title are often based on a great misunderstanding. When the Church has referred to Muslims worshiping the one God, it is meant in the sense of both Christians and Muslims being monotheists. Monotheism includes Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Second Vatican Council, in its document, Nostra Aetate, states: “They [Muslims]…