I’ve toyed with this idea over the past few years, but a recent online discussion with an atheist and then a fundamentalist (both slagged the Catholic Church mercilessly, of course) has got me thinking about doing a more serious bit of writing. It’s a general apologetics book, with a three-part focus: God, Christ, Church (the working title). Basically it takes the reader through the logical arguments in favor of God (aimed at outright atheists), then a discussion of the divinity of Christ (for the non-Christian believers), and finally a defense of the Catholic Church itself (for the non-Catholics, of course).
I’m still in the early planning stages, so here’s what I have so far as an outline.
PART I: GOD
- The universe is logical; chaos is only at the surface
- Who wrote the law of gravity?
- Evolution: how did it all begin?
- Dinosaurs: no evidence of evolution
PART II: CHRIST
- Old Testament prophecies
- Historical evidence outside of the Bible
- Jewish history from Exodus to Maccabees
- New Testament parallels
PART III: CHURCH
- Pentecost, Acts, Paul
- Early Christian Writers
- The Bible is compiled…by whom?
- The unbroken lineage of the Church
- Protestants change everything…Luther to Rapture
- Historical heresies and how they have returned
- Science and innovation within the Church; no conflict
- Social change; what’s coming back? (The fallacy of ‘progressive’ thought)
Comments and suggestions are more than welcome. I’m not a professional apologist, but I have been published as a writer before (newspaper, magazine article). My goal is to write something that is accessible to everyone (especially teenagers and young adults) without being childish or simple.