Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!  From The Scott Smith Blog Read More December 24, 2015

The Virgin Birth of Star Wars

May the 4th Be With You! Did you know that one of the main characters of Star Wars was born of a virgin? If you're a fan of Star Wars and/or Catholicism, you will need to read this ... one the best Easter Eggs in Sci-Fi History!  "You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this…boy?" -Mace Windu  The Jedi Masters speak of the ancient prophesy of the Chosen One that is fulfilled by the birth and life of Anakin Skywalker. Clearly, this is the Star Wars version of a Messianic prophesy. This is made blatantly obvious  when we discover that he is the seed of woman alone (Gen 3:15), that he was  conceived by the Force,  that Shmi gave birth as a Virgin -- just as Jesus was conceived within the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1).  CAUTION: George Lucas borrowed a lot from the mythologist,  Joseph Campbell . Campbell contended that all religions and mythologies were basically one Read More December 18, 2015

Answering Atheism: The Cosmological Argument (Cartoon)

Here's a great article by Trent Horn on the Cosmological Argument:  New Support for the Cosmological Argument Trent Horn July 17, 2013 One of the most interesting and widely discussed arguments for the existence of God is the kalam cosmological argument, which attempts to prove that it is impossible for the universe to have an infinite past. If the argument proves the universe had a beginning, then it follows that some cause that transcends the universe must have brought it into existence. The defender of the kalam argument may also advance other arguments attempting to show that the cause of the universe is God. Although the argument fell into relatively obscurity after it was promoted in the Middle Ages, it received new life through William Lane Craig’s 1979 book  The Kalam Cosmological Argument . Craig has become the argument’s leading proponent, and thanks to his famous debates with atheists that end up on YouTube, the kalam argument has become well-kno Read More December 13, 2015

Little Drummer Boy (Cartoon)

The Little Drummer Boy was always my favorite of the Rankin & Bass Christmas specials. Speaking in terms of Inside Out , the clay-mation Christmas specials are among my CORE memories. Rankin & Bass or Rankin/Bass are the two producers who put together everybody's favorite Christmas specials starting in 1964 with Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Burl Ives snowman. R/B also did  The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town ... even Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.   I have a couple cartoons that I've done (am doing) based on Rankin/Bass. I hope you will enjoy them :)  Merry Christmas! Read More December 11, 2015

The Planned Parenthood Shooting, Just War, and Let's Kill Hitler

Damon Linker recently wrote an article for The Week condemning the pro-life movement for its so-called “deeply irresponsible rhetoric” in the wake of the shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Linker asks the reader to imagine America as seen by a pro-lifer: Every year, hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings are systematically murdered in the United States, with over 51 million killed in the past 45 years. Though these killings are not perpetrated directly by the state, the government holds that private citizens have a constitutionally protected right to inflict this lethal violence on the members of a specific class of people (who also happen to be among the most innocent and the most vulnerable among us). Many of the murders are also performed by entities that receive generous amounts of public funding. More recently it has been revealed that after these quasi-public enterprises fulfill the murder requests of their clients, the bodies of Read More December 02, 2015

ISIS Flogs the Crusades Myth

I did the above illustration for the following recent Catholic Answers article: ISIS Flogs the Crusades Myth Steve Weidenkopf November 18, 2015  Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print Share on gmail More Sharing Services This post is the sixth in a series on the most prevalent modern myths about the Crusades and how to refute them. The world reacted in horror at the despicable and evil Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.  It is natural, in the face of such evil, to ask why. Why did these attacks occur? Why are some Muslims drawn to groups like ISIS, and why are they willing to kill innocent people in the name of religion? Many believe  economics, Western foreign policy, or religion is to blame. Some believe that history—or, more specifically, certain historical actions—provide the answer. ISIS, in a  statement  issued after the attacks, claimed responsibility for the massacre, indicating that “soldiers of the Cali Read More December 01, 2015

What if The Walking Dead Had a REAL Priest instead of Father Gabriel?

After reading The Walking Dead (TWD) comics by Robert Kirkman and, of course, watching the AMC series, I've come to the conclusion that Father Gabriel Stokes is a REALLY lame excuse for a priest. Let's explore this character a bit. [SPOILERS!] The backstory for TV and comic Gabriel is pretty much the same. This is a priest who locked the church doors against his parishioners as they fled to him for sanctuary. He basically listened as they got munched and torn apart. Top notch guy, right? At the beginning of the outbreak, TV Gabriel survived by eating the results of a canned food drive.       Rick Grimes' group of survivors shelter in his church for a time, though wary of Gabriel's odd manner. This culminates in Gabriel witnessing Rick and company's ultra-violent slaughter of the cannibals, who were basically on their way out, anyway, after eating alive-but-infected-Dale. Karma! Later, the memories of the ultra-violence lead Gabriel to tell the leade Read More November 19, 2015

Pope Francis' Exorcism Video & An Abortion Warning for Mexico

On May 21, 2013, two months into his papacy, Pope Francis laid hands on a possessed man in St. Peter's Square and relieved him of some demons. Videos of the encounter has been bouncing around the internet ever since (see below). Going nearly noticed, however, is the hidden warning to Mexico regarding its 2007 legalization of abortion. WARNING: This may be horrifying to some, though even in such a situation the pope's gentleness is striking. The possessed man's name has since been revealed as "Angel V." and his exorcisms have been ongoing since 1999. According to the Spanish-language newspaper El Mundo , the poor man's demons have withstood 30 exorcism attempts by over 10 exorcists, including the chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, Father Gabriele Amorth.  Father Gabriele, the Vatican's leading exorcist, reports that he has sent over 160,000 demons back to hell. In his book, An Exorcist Tell His Story , Father Amorth invites the reader to Read More November 11, 2015

TOP TEN: Proof-Texting Examples Gone Wrong

Catholics have the privilege of living a faith consistent with the WHOLE Bible, i.e. we don't "proof-text." There are a number of Christian churches out there, as well as non-believers, who hone in on one verse in particular to the detriment of all others. This is called "proof-texting," or is at least the dark underbelly of proof-texting. Have you ever heard the phrase "a text without a context is a pretext for a proof text"? The biggest problem with proof-texting is the taking of verses out of their proper context. Oftentimes, people will interpret a particular verse to mean something in direct contradiction to the verses before and after it. Catholics interpret the Bible canonically, which means that our interpretation of a verse cannot conflict with what the rest of the Bible teaches. Otherwise stated, the Bible, being the Word of God, does not and cannot contradict itself. What if we tried proof-texting with other books?  This holisti Read More November 07, 2015