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Author Archive: Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt is a Catholic writer and speaker who blogs at BrandonVogt.com. He's also the author of The Church and Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet and the top hit on Google for "greatest evil in the world".

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The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence

September 30, AD 2013 5 Comments
The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence

William Lane Craig is one of the sharpest Christian apologists today, especially on questions about God’s existence, Jesus’ Resurrection, and objective morality. The Evangelical philosopher travels around the country giving workshops and lectures. He’s best known for his public debates with well-known atheists and skeptics. (You can watch many of them online through his excellent […]

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Want to be a Better Parent? Hang Up the Phone

August 5, AD 2013 28 Comments
Want to be a Better Parent? Hang Up the Phone

About once a week, my wife and I take our kids to a local indoor playground. The scene is pretty consistent: dozens of kids running around, screaming chaotically, in a place indistinguishable from an orangutan exhibit during the apocalypse. But something else strikes me each time we go. After setting our kids loose, I glance […]

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Introducing CatholicBands.com – A New Way to Discover Catholic Music

July 8, AD 2013 2 Comments
Introducing CatholicBands.com – A New Way to Discover Catholic Music

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Introducing StrangeNotions.com – Reason, Faith, and Dialogue

May 13, AD 2013 0 Comments
Introducing StrangeNotions.com – Reason, Faith, and Dialogue

For the last couple years I’ve been working behind-the-scenes on a huge new project, and last Monday it finally went live. The project is called Strange Notions, and it’s designed to be the central place of dialogue between Catholics and atheists. As a ‘digital Areopagus’, it features intelligent articles, compelling video, and rich discussion throughout its many […]

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How Cardinal Newman Handled the Haters

November 26, AD 2012 98 Comments
How Cardinal Newman Handled the Haters

In January 1864, the Protestant pastor and novelist Charles Kingsley reviewed an English history book for Macmillan’s Magazine. The review began innocently enough. Kingsley critiqued the author’s handling of English figures like Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth. However, it quickly devolved into potshots against Catholicism in general, and against one of its most ardent supporters, […]

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The Smiling Pope’s Letter to Mark Twain: Humor, Hitler, and Three Different Johns

October 29, AD 2012 8 Comments
The Smiling Pope’s Letter to Mark Twain: Humor, Hitler, and Three Different Johns

What if Cardinal Timothy Dolan became Pope? That’s probably a long-shot, but it’s a question I’ve been hearing more and more especially as his star rises across the world. When asked, one answer I like to give is, “Well, look back to 1978 and find out.” Sandwiched between the prophetic Pope Paul VI and the […]

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Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization

October 1, AD 2012 26 Comments
Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization

Who was the greatest Catholic evangelist of the twentieth century? To me it’s no contest: Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Some might argue for Pope John Paul II, who had a bigger impact on the world. Others might claim Mother Teresa, whose smile and sari were certainly more recognizable. But in terms of evangelization, I don’t […]

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The Hidden Division

September 3, AD 2012 10 Comments
The Hidden Division

Tomorrow’s Gospel recounts Jesus healing a demon-possessed man, and while reading it I was struck by one word: Us. In the passage a demon screams out to Christ: “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?” How strange that this demon speaks not in the singular but in […]

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Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012

August 16, AD 2012 0 Comments
Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2012

A few years ago, Matt Warner launched a cool project he called “Support a Catholic Speaker Month”. It began with a poll where you could vote for your favorite Catholic speakers. After a few days of voting, the top 100 speakers…

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(Video) Creative, Must-Watch Video on Contraception and NFP

July 30, AD 2012 2 Comments
(Video) Creative, Must-Watch Video on Contraception and NFP

Originally published at Brandon’s blog, BrandonVogt.com.   With the HHS mandate still under review, contraception remains a hot topic. Across the country from Facebook walls, to news media, to water-cooler chats, people are wondering how anyone could reject artificial contraception. Isn’t that absurd? Or at least irresponsible? How could someone think contraception is a bad idea for […]

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Interview with Kevin Knight – On New Advent and Digitizing Catholic Tradition

July 9, AD 2012 12 Comments
Interview with Kevin Knight – On New Advent and Digitizing Catholic Tradition

Imagine telling Blessed John Henry Newman or Venerable (!!) Fulton Sheen that it was possible to carry the entire Summa Theologica, the writings of the Church Fathers, and hundreds of Church documents wherever they go, on a device that fits in their pocket. They would have been flabbergasted, jaws dropping to the floor. And if […]

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Join the Movement

June 11, AD 2012 3 Comments
Join the Movement

In Cameroon, Africa, books are rare—especially the good ones. My friend Linus is studying at one of the seminaries, and he says the situation is even worse there. The seminaries are bursting at the seams with young men yet the libraries are meager and while most of the seminaries have computers, Internet access is spotty […]

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