By Peter Kreeft, Ronald K. Tacelli
"Be able to supply a cause of the wish that's in you," wrote the apostle Peter.
That is what apologetics is all approximately.
Here is a concise, informative consultant for somebody searching for solutions to questions of religion and cause. Peter Kreeft and Ronald okay. Tacelli have condensed their renowned Handbook of Christian Apologetics, summarizing the key arguments for significant Christian teachings and providing compelling responses to the commonest arguments recommend opposed to Christianity. during this ebook you'll locate solutions to questions on
faith and reason
the life of God
creation and evolution
predestination and loose will
the challenge of evil
Christ and the resurrection
the reliability of the Bible
life after death
heaven and hell
salvation and different religions
The Pocket guide of Christian Apologetics is the start line for individuals with questions on Christianity.
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The author of the Legend of the Three Companions, who reports this habit of Francis’, sees there the precursor of a generosity and charity that would later extend to all of humanity and especially to the most disadvantaged. But this interpretation a posteriori probably idealizes a more prosaic reality: son of a merchant and nouveau riche, friendly with young aristocrats, Francis had to get them to forget his unremarkable origins and the source of this money that he was so generous with. Moreover, the activities of these bands of youths had nothing edifying about them; and there is no reason to think that Francis might have behaved differently from his companions.
Perhaps it was the Society of Dancers of Assisi, which certain documents of the thirteenth century mention, or the Society of the Staff, attested to at a later date, who noisily came out on the occasion of religious feasts, especially during that of Saint Vittorino—former bishop and one of the patron saints of the town—on June 13, or during the feast of San Rufino on August 11, or San Nicolò, or other more secular feasts, like the Calends of May, which marked the return of summer, or even the feast of wine, after the harvests.
In fact, the sight of lepers seems to have acted on Francis like a mirror of his own condition of sin. In not turning away from these repulsive people who, in the medieval mind, incarnated not only a horrible malady but also the suspicion of a hereditary defect or some abnormal sexual behavior which would have caused it, Francis overcame the obstacle and humbly recognized that he, too, shared an analogous condition. In the Middle Ages, lepers were considered the dregs of society. A leper had to shake a rattle when he moved about in order to alert healthy people against sudden encounters—so much did they dread the contagion that was attributed to the leper’s breath, which supposedly corrupted the air around him.