PATRICK MADRID is the publisher of Envoy magazine, a quarterly journal of Catholic thought, and director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. A popular author, his books include Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know. Madrid also hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio’s Open Line broadcast, heard coast-to-coast on over 180 stations across the United States, as well as on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He is a regular guest and occasional fill-in host on the Catholic Answers Live radio program and Sirius Radio’s The Catholic Channel. Patrick has conducted over a thousand teaching seminars on Catholic themes, in both English and Spanish, at conferences, parishes, and universities around the world. He is a regular presenter at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s annual “Defending the Faith” and the Coming Home Network’s “Deep in History” summer conferences.
Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologistby Patrick Madrid
Over the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside Catholic apologetics from Madrid’s vantage point on the frontlines. A collection of written material that spans the author’s career, Catholic thought is applied to a variety of apologetic issues,/i>
Over the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside Catholic apologetics from Madrid’s vantage point on the frontlines. A collection of written material that spans the author’s career, Catholic thought is applied to a variety of apologetic issues, and in addition, Madrid will look at how he has applied Catholic truth to circumstances in his own life. With some of his earlier works, he will also explain how his thinking has changed and developed over the years. This is a summary of the legacy of Patrick Madrid’s far-reaching public ministry.
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In the introduction to his new book, Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid describes the nature of apologetics and gives some background on his 25-year career in the field. He defines apologetics as offering a reasoned defense of something, in this case, the Catholic faith. A cradle Catholic from a devout home, Madrid began working with Karl Keating of Catholic Answers in 1988. Keating, a San Diego lawyer, was producing a newsletter and writing tracts on Catholicism, which he attached to car windshields in response to “papering” by fundamentalists attacking the Church. In the late ‘80s he gave up his law practice in favor of full-time apologetics. Early in their association, Madrid and Keating connected with Scott Hahn, a former minister who had converted to Catholicism, and shared their goals regarding apologetics. Madrid captures the excitement and challenges in the late 1980s and early ‘90s as Catholic apologetics experienced a resurgence: debating, teaching, speaking, writing and, above all, learning. The theme of growth in the practice of apologetics comes up throughout the book, which consists of material Madrid has produced (mostly written, but also in broadcast media) during his career. Most pieces are blueprints for meeting specific criticisms of Catholic dogma in sections such as comparative religions (for example, Muslims and Mormons) and life, morality, and scandals (for example, “pro-choice” Catholics and radical feminists). In addition, Madrid offers copies of his two written debates with a Reformed Evangelical Protestant; an essay on Frank Sheed, whom he considers one of the twentieth century’s greatest apologists; and personal reflections on prayer and fatherhood. He points out that learning about our own faith and that of our detractors is basic to fulfilling our call to evangelize. This book, Envoy for Christ, is a good starting place.