With atheism on the rise and millions tossing off religion, why would anyone consider the Catholic Church? Brandon Vogt, a bestselling author and the content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, shares his passionate search for truth, a journey that culminated in the realization that Catholicism was right about a lot of things, maybe even everything. His persuasive case for the faith reveals a vision of Catholicism that has answers our world desperately needs and reminds those already in the Church what they love about it.
A 2016 study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 25 percent of adults (39 percent of young adults) describe themselves as unaffiliated with any religion. Millions of these so-called “nones” have fled organized religion and many more have rejected God altogether.
Brandon Vogt was one of those nones. When he converted to Catholicism in college, he knew how confusing that decision was to many of his friends and family. But he also knew that the evidence he discovered pointed to one conclusion: Catholicism is true. To his delight, he discovered it was also exceedingly good and beautiful.
Why I Am Catholic 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, Ven. Fulton Sheen, 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.
Why I Am Catholic serves as a compelling reproposal of the Church for 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.
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About the Author
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
Introduction: The Only Rebellion Left 1
Part I Catholicism Is True
1 Because God Exists 11
2 Because We Need Religion 29
3 Because Jesus Is God 41
4 Because Jesus Started a Church 55
Part II Catholicism Is Good
5 Because It Built Western Civilization 75
6 Because of Its Heroic Charity 87
7 Because It Doesn't Go with the Times 99
8 Because It Offers True Forgiveness 115
Part III Catholicism Is Beautiful
9 Because It Cherishes Beauty 129
10 Because It Lifts Us Up 139
11 Because It's for Everybody 151
Conclusion: Join the Rebellion 163
Appendix: Going Deeper 173