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Cardinal Levada calls for ‘new apologetics’

May 06, 2010

In a wide-ranging talk that paid tribute to the writings of Msgr. Ronald Knox, Cardinal Francis George, C. S. Lewis, Scott Hahn, and others, Cardinal William Levada called for a “new apologetics” to counter “the likes of Richard Dawkins and his fellow apostles of the so-called ‘new’ atheism.”

“For this apologetic to be credible, we must pay greater attention to the mystery and the beauty of Catholic worship, of a sacramental vision of the world that lets us recognize and value the beauty of creation as a foreshadowing of the new heavens and the new earth envisioned in 2 Peter and the Book of Revelation,” the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in his April 29 lecture. “The witness of our lives as believers who put our faith into practice by work for justice and charity as followers who imitate Jesus, our Master, is an important dimension of our credibility as dialogue partners in a time of a new apologetics.”


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  • Posted by: kman - May. 06, 2010 8:59 AM ET USA

    Can't anyone these days make a statement without using the word 'dialogue?' It has ceased to have meaning.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 06, 2010 6:48 AM ET USA

    In a talk given 12 years ago, Karl Keating gave a great talk which he turned into an article available online "No apology from the new apologists." which directly addresses the points recently raised by Cardinal Levada.