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, blogger, and speaker who serves as content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Vogt was one of the millennial “nones” when it came to religion until, as a mechanical engineering student at Florida State University, he began a passionate search for truth. That search led him unexpectedly to the Catholic Church in 2008. In 2013, he started StrangeNotions.com, the largest site of dialogue between Catholics and atheists. Vogt was named one of the “Top 30 Catholics under 30” by FOCUS as well as one of the “Top 30 Catholics to Follow on Twitter.” He is the author of seven books, including RETURN: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church and The Church and New Media. His work has been featured by media outlets including NPR, Fox News, CBS, EWTN, Vatican Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today. He is a regular guest on Catholic radio and speaks to a variety of audiences about evangelization, new media, Catholic social teaching, and spirituality.
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