Catholic Answers: Ready Reasons

Catholic Answers: Ready Reasons

37 Episodes

Ready Reasons are short videos that discuss various topics within the Catholic faith. These concise videos are meant to start a conversation about the Catholic faith and lead viewer to begin their own journey towards the truths of the Catholic faith, or to deepen their understanding of it.

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Catholic Answers: Ready Reasons
  • What's the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?

    Episode 1

    Every Catholic has known that awkward feeling of someone looking at his forehead when he goes out in public after receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday. Karlo Broussard provides some tips on how to use that awkward moment for evangelization.

  • Are Atheists Open Minded?

    Episode 2

    Many atheists say, "Of course, I'm open minded, show me the evidence or proof that God exists and I'll believe." But when are presented with proofs for the existence of God those same atheists claim that Christians only believe in a "God of the gaps." So are they really open-minded? Trent explain...

  • Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

    Episode 3

    Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that Christ did not send him to baptize. Does this mean that baptism is not necessary for salvation? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no and explains what Paul meant.

  • Is Belief in God Wishful Thinking?

    Episode 4

    Atheists have often viewed belief in God as wishful thinking—a projection of an idea because man fears death. Karlo Broussard discusses why this accusation does not disprove the existence of God.

  • Does the Bible Disprove the Assumption?

    Episode 5

    Protestants claim the Bible disproves the Catholic dogma of Mary's Bodily Assumption in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23. But is this true? Karlo Broussard gives reasons why the answer is no.

  • Is there Biblical Proof for the Immaculate Conception?

    Episode 6

    Mary's Immaculate Conception is a Catholic dogma that many Protestants have a hard time accepting because they do not see the teaching explicitly in Scripture. Karlo Broussard points to pre-figurations in Genesis to show how understanding Mary as a "new Eve" supports the Immaculate Conception.

  • Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

    Episode 7

    What if Jesus never claimed to be God? What if his followers later came to this conclusion only after his death? Can we prove that Jesus believed that he was God? Watch as Karlo gives examples to show that Jesus did, in fact, claim to be God.

  • Is Full Immersion Baptism Necessary?

    Episode 8

    The Greek word that the Bible uses for baptism is "baptizo" (βαπτίζω), which means, "to immerse." Does this mean that Catholic baptisms are invalid since priests pour water instead of immerse? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no, and explains why pouring is a legitimate method t...

  • Is God's Hiddenness a Reason to Reject Him?

    Episode 9

    We have all had a time when we ask "Where are you God?" In this episode of Ready Reasons, Karlo explains how God has made it possible for us to believe in His existence even though he stays hidden.

  • Is the Holy Spirit God?

    Episode 10

    Many quasi-Christian sects (e.g., Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.) deny the Divinity of the Holy Spirit and argue it is found nowhere in the Bible. But is this true? Karlo Broussard explains why the answer is no by giving biblical examples that show the Holy Spirit is God.

  • Is the Holy Spirit the Same as the Force?

    Episode 11

    What do quasi-Christian groups and Star Wars have in common? The idea of a universal, impersonal force. For quasi-Christian groups, this force is the Holy Spirit, who we as Catholics call the third Person of the Holy Trinity. Karlo Broussard explains why evidence shows that the Holy Spirit is a P...

  • Was the Immaculate Conception Necessary?

    Episode 12

    When Catholics say Mary was immaculately conceived, they mean that at the moment of her conception Mary was filled with God's sanctifying grace. God protected her from sin throughout her life, but did it have to be this way? Trent Horn explains why it was fitting for Mary to be conceived without ...

  • Are Indulgences Biblical?

    Episode 13

    Protestants often challenge Catholics to provide biblical evidence for their belief in indulgences. Can such a challenge be met? Karlo Broussard shows that it can.

  • Did Jesus Condemn Praying the Rosary?

    Episode 14

    Protestants often claim the Catholic practice of praying the rosary is condemned by Jesus when he teaches against "vain repetitions" in Matthew 6:7. But is this true? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no, and explains what Jesus meant by these words.

  • Did Jesus Make the Apostles Priests?

    Episode 15

    Many Catholics are unaware that Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of Christ's ministerial priesthood. Perhaps this is due to the absence of Christ explicitly ordaining the apostles in the Last Supper narratives.

  • Is Jesus a Myth?

    Episode 16

    If Jesus is just a myth, as many skeptics assert, then Christianity is false. It's that simple! Karlo Broussard dives into how we can know that Jesus was a real historical person. A first step for many on their way to belief in God.

  • Was Jesus' Sacrifice Enough?

    Episode 17

    Many Protestants reject the Catholic teaching on penance because they think it implies Jesus' death on the cross was not enough. Are Catholics denying the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice? Karlo Broussard gives reasons why the answer is no.

  • Does John Teach Assurance of Salvation?

    Episode 18

    St. John teaches in 1 John 5:13 that we can know that we have eternal life. Does this text support the Protestant doctrine of the assurance of salvation? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no, and shows how this text actually supports the Catholic belief about our knowledge of our...

  • Can We Know God's Truth Without the Church?

    Episode 19

    St. John teaches in 1 John 2:27 that we have no need of a man to teach us since we have the Holy Spirit. Is John denying the Catholic belief that Jesus gave us a magisterium (a living, teaching authority)? Karlo Broussard gives the reason why the answer is no, and explains what John means by this.

  • Were the Magi at Jesus' Birth?

    Episode 20

    Luke and Matthew's gospels seem to contradict each other on whether or not the magi came to Jesus' birth. Trent Horn breaks down the story of the magi and explains why this isn't a reason to discredit the gospels.

  • Is Mary the Mother of God?

    Episode 21

    Some people say Mary is only the mother of Jesus' humanity and because of this she isn't the mother of God. Is this true? In this Ready Reasons video, Trent explains how Mary can truly be called the mother of God.

  • Was Peter Ever in Rome?

    Episode 22

    Some people say that St. Peter could not have been the bishop of Rome because he was never in Rome at all. Apologist Trent Horn gives reasons why we can believe that he not only spent time in Rome, but was martyred there as well.

  • Why are Protestant Bibles Smaller?

    Episode 23

    Protestant often give Catholic's a hard time for having "added" six books to our bible, but is this what actually happened? Apologist Trent Horn explains what the deuterocanonical books are and gives solid reasons why they are part of the Bible.

  • Is Reincarnation Reasonable?

    Episode 24

    Reincarnation, which literally means "to be made flesh again," is the belief that after death the soul lives on in another body, is believed by many around the world. Is it reasonable to hold this belief? Trent Horn gives reasons why we should reject the theory of reincarnation.