[quote=DVIN CKS]I agree with everything you say. However…our carnal brains need rattling. I love the idea of using humor and good taste and a good example to share the faith. If sharing our faith makes others squirm so be it. Just proves that they need a correction. My sister always gets very squirmy everytime I start talking about defending the Church’s teaching especially on topics of homosexuality and masterbation. I know her well enough to know when to shut up, but she is SO off track on these things that I pray that at least a small seed takes root somewhere in her brain. She has become a victim of our secular culture and although calls herself Catholic and attends mass on Sundays with her family, she is far from knowing the fullness of the truth.
I like your idea of learning one liners. Any ideas where to go to find them?
Yeah, my mom has (temporarily, hopefully) succumbed to our culture’s relativism. Not only does she find the defense of the faith distasteful, she becomes hyper-anti-rational about it. I say “Catholics need to know their Bible and Faith better,” and she hears, “You’re a terrible person for not preaching on the street corner, you’re a terrible mother, and come to think of it, you’re getting fat, too.” Mom and I don’t find much to talk about any more, obviously…
As for the one-liners, I don’t know. I don’t recommend going my route–falling into doubt and cynicism, loading up on Simpsons anecdotes, and then coming back to the Faith but retaining the sarcasm. My experiences have made me into some kind of weird, bitter, warped Catholic who finds pleasure in demolishing anti-Catholic stereotypes. Whatever ability I have to keep it pithy came from this fetid pool of experience.
Here are some off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions for answers to tough situations:
If your typical non-Christian relativist is blabbering about cro-mag Catholic moral practices, you might keep it simple with:
“You have no idea what you’re talking about–the Church doesn’t fear sex, it turned it into a Sacrament. Don’t you think you should know what you’re talking about before you open your mouth?” (The trick is to make sure he/she and everyone else knows that they’re blathering on about things they have no clue about.)
If you’ve got one of those fun ex-Catholics on your hand, test him/her:
Ex-Catholic: “Oh, I’m a recovering Catholic. I got out of that a long time ago.”
Catholic: “Hah hah, that’s funny.” (Take a sip of your martini–it’s always good to argue these things with a martini in your hand). “I bet you couldn’t tell me the difference between the Virgin Birth and the Immaculate Conception.”
If, by some miracle, this person can, well, I don’t know. It’s never happened before.
My expertise is in dealing with condescending Protestants. The same technique is used–keep it simple, demonstrate their ignorance. Hell, you don’t even have to know much about Catholicism. Just know the basics, and then highlight their misrepresentation of the faith. They’ll always do the “where in scripture does it say X?” If you know nothing else, know how to lob 2 Tim 3:16 back at them. Master that defense. It’s their best card, and it’s incredibly weak.
But, who knows. No matter how much you study and practice, you still have to learn to think on your feet. I’m no good at that unless I’m so riled up I forget to be self-conscious. Of course, at that point, I turn green and defy the law of conservation of mass. I tend not to be persuasive in that state.