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“Here—This Is it!”

In the Catholic Church, apologetics—explaining the Faith—was on its way to becoming a lost art during the post-Vatican II era.  But thanks to Mother Angelica’s efforts on EWTN and the many classic publications emanating from Ignatius Press, this important form of evangelization has not been completely lost.  However, the uproar caused last summer by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s “Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Faith” (July 10), which reaffirmed that the one, true Church “subsists” in the Catholic Church, reminds us how important apologetics is for extra- and intra-ecclesial instruction and understanding.

From the beginning of Christianity, apologists such as Justin Martyr and Origen have preached and written on Catholic beliefs to clarify the Faith for the faithful, to answer the attacks of Church opponents, and to attract converts.  Before the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was the premiere apologist in America.  Another important figure in apologetics (and a contemporary of Sheen) was the Englishman Msgr. Ronald Knox.  In Ignatius Press’s newly released Ronald Knox as Apologist: Wit, Laughter and the Popish Creed, Milton Walsh reintroduces us to this scholarly convert who became a priest and dedicated his life to teaching the truths...

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