Now in paperback, Brandon Vogt’s bestselling and award-winning Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) serves as a compelling reproposal of the Church to former Catholics, a persuasive argument for truth and beauty to those who have become jaded and disenchanted with religion, and at the same time offers practicing Catholics a much-needed dose of confidence and clarity to affirm their faith against an increasingly skeptical culture.
Like many millennials, Vogt—content director of Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries—considered himself “spiritual, but not religious” until, as a mechanical engineering student at Florida State University, he began a passionate search for truth that led him—to his great surprise—to the Catholic Church in 2008.
Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too) traces Vogt’s spiritual journey, making a refreshing, twenty-first-century case for the faith and answering questions being asked by agnostics, nones, and atheists—the audience for his popular website, StrangeNotions.com, where Catholics and atheists dialogue.
With references to Catholic thinkers such as G. K. Chesterton, John Henry Newman, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Bishop Robert Barron, Vogt draws together lines of evidence to help seekers discover why they should be Catholic as an alternative. At the same time, he helps practicing Catholics affirm and strengthen their faith, giving them tools to answer the skeptics.
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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 content 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
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Introduction: The Only Rebellion Left 1
Part I Catholicism Is True
1 Because God Exists 11
2 Because We Need Religion 27
3 Because Jesus Is God 39
4 Because Jesus Started a Church 53
Part II Catholicism Is Good
5 Because It Built Western Civilization 73
6 Because of Its Heroic Charity 85
7 Because It Doesn't Go with the Times 97
8 Because It Offers True Forgiveness 113
Part III Catholicism Is Beautiful
9 Because It Cherishes Beauty 127
10 Because It Lifts Us Up 137
11 Because It's for Everybody 149
Conclusion: Join the Rebellion 161
Appendix: Going Deeper 171