What to Say and How to Say It, Volume II: More Ways to Discuss Your Faith with Clarity and Confidence

What to Say and How to Say It, Volume II: More Ways to Discuss Your Faith with Clarity and Confidence

by Brandon Vogt

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Overview

Are you hesitant to discuss issues such as faith and science, homosexuality, or the Resurrection with your family, friends, and coworkers because you’re afraid you’ll say the wrong thing or forget what to say altogether?

Bestselling and award-winning author Brandon Vogt, senior publishing director of Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, is back with more straightforward, practical guidance for any Catholic who wants to engage confidently with today’s culture. In this second volume of What to Say and How to Say It, Vogt tackles seven more of today’s most pressing (and controversial) issues, giving you all the tools you need to be clear and convincing as you share your convictions with those around you.

You will find essential resources for speaking with clarity and confidence about the critical issues of faith you face in the world today. This book is an indispensable resource covering seven hot-button issues and pressing questions in the area of

  • faith and science;
  • the Resurrection;
  • heaven, hell, and purgatory;
  • relativism;
  • Islam;
  • homosexuality; and
  • Mary.

Each chapter offers an overview of the topic and a clear explanation of what the Church teaches. Then you’ll learn about the most common contemporary arguments against the Church’s teachings followed by step-by-step instructions for responding intelligently and confidently.



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ISBN-13: 9781646800506
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 02/05/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,115,080
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Brandon Vogt is a bestselling and award-winning author of ten books, including Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) and What to Say and How to Say It. He is the founder of ClaritasU, which trains Catholics in how to talk about their faith, especially hot-button issues. He works as the senior publishing director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Vogt is the cohost of The Word on Fire Show with Bishop Barron, and The Burrowshire Podcast with Fr. Blake Britton. Vogt runs several websites including StrangeNotions.com, the largest site of dialogue between Catholics and atheists, and ChurchFathers.org, the go-to resource for people wondering what the earliest Christians believed.

Vogt's work has been featured by media outlets including NPR, Fox News, CBS, EWTN, America magazine, Vatican Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today.

Brandon has served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. He is on the board of the Society of G.K. Chesterton and serves as president of the Central Florida Chesterton Society.

Along with his wife and seven children, he lives on Burrowshire, a small farm outside Orlando, Florida, with chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits, and a garden.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Faith and Science 1

The Origin of the Conflict between Faith and Science 2

Responding to Scientism 5

Answering the Big Myths 9

Expert Interview with Stacy A. Trasancos 14

The Galileo Affair 15

Evolution 20

Talking Tips and Strategies 24

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 27

2 Jesus' Resurrection 31

Why the Resurrection Matters 33

Three Crucial Historical Facts 36

How Do We Choose the Best Explanation? 40

Examining the Alternative Theories 43

Expert Interview with Carl Olson 51

Answering the Best Objections 52

Talking Tips and Strategies 57

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 60

3 Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory 65

Why It's Hard to Talk about the Last Things 66

What We Know about Heaven 68

What We Know about Hell 71

Expert Interview with Msgr. Charles Pope 74

What We Know about Purgatory 75

Answering the Best Objections 80

Talking Tips and Strategies 82

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 85

4 Relativism 89

What Is Relativism? 90

Is There Objective Truth? 93

Is Morality Relative? 96

Expert Interview with Francis J. Beckwith 99

Relativism's Seven Fatal Flaws 100

Answering the Best Objections 104

Talking Tips and Strategies 109

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 112

5 Islam 115

Islam 101 116

Christianity versus Islam 122

How to Evangelize a Muslim 127

Expert Interview with Derya Little 131

Answering the Best Objections 133

Talking Tips and Strategies 138

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 141

6 Homosexuality 145

What the Church Teaches about Homosexuality 146

Two Key Distinctions 152

Talking with Same-Sex-Attracted Loved Ones 154

Expert Interview with Fr. Philip Bochanski 157

Talking Tips and Strategies 159

Answering the Best Objections 162

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 166

7 Mary 169

Why Is Mary So Controversial? 170

The Key to Understanding Mary 171

Who Mary Really Is 173

Expert Interview with Brant Pitre 177

Getting Marian Dogmas Right 179

Answering the Best Objections 185

Talking Tips and Strategies 187

Recommended Books, For Reflection and Discussion, For Practice 190

Conclusion 195

Notes 197

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