Religious Questions

In 2007 and 2008, Gil Ridenour spent time with the St. Patrick community.  During this time, he responded to parishioners’ questions into Early Catholic History and the Saints.  Here is his work:

Who was St. Nicholas?

Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?

Who was Thomas Merton?

What is the process for election of a bishop?

What is a Prophet?

Is there Justification for Baptism in the Bible?

Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees

What is Ordinary Time?

Who was Augustine of Hippo?

Why is Reconciliation a Sacrament in the Catholic Church?

What is the book of Revelation talking about when it discusses the mark of the beast, and the anti-Christ?

What are the Beatitudes?

Who was King David?

Are there Texts other than those in the Bible written in Biblical times that talk about Jesus?

Who was St. Patrick?

What is the Significance of Palm Sunday?

Why did the Pharisees and Sadducees reject Jesus as the Messiah?

Can you give some examples of day to day life in the 1st century Mediterranean world in which the New Testament was written? (Part II)

Can you talk about the Lord’s Prayer?

When did Christianity become a legal religion able to be practiced in the Roman Empire?

How were the early Christians perceived by the Romans?

Who was Herod?

Who was the Prophet Hosea?

What is the Church’s stance regarding Just War? (Part 1 of 2)

What is the Church’s stance regarding Just War? (Part 2 of 2)

Is there Myth in the Bible?

Does being Catholic affect the way we should treat the Environment?

Who was John the Baptist?

Are there any References in the Bible regarding the Sanctity of Life?

Why is Paul so Concerned about Sexual Immorality in his Letters to the Corinthians?

Where is the First Reference in the Old Testiment to the coming Messiah?

What do the various symbols in the stained glass mean here at St. Patrick’s?

What kind of job did the disciples have before they met Jesus?

What is the process for the canonization of Saints?

How did the gospel writers use the Old Testament to tell about the life of Jesus?

Can you tell me about the Gospel of Mark?

Can you give some examples of day-to-day life in the 1st century Mediterranean world in which the New Testament was written?

Where did the Apostle’s or Nicene Creed come from?

Who was the apostle Paul?

Can you give an example of a saint who lived their life according to the Gospel?

What does it mean to keep holy the Sabbath day, and why does the Church consider it a mortal sin when we do not allow for the Sabbath to be a day of holiness?

Can you give an example of an early Christian martyr?

Where does the idea for the Christmas crèche or nativity scene come from?