"Will you debate my
non-Catholic friend who rejects the Church?"
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Sorry, but we are not
able to do this. It has been our experience that the best way for us to deal
with strangers who reject the Church may be to simply offer them the information
as courteously as possible and then pray & leave it in God's hands. Those of us
here do not care to engage in disputes with unknown persons who reject the
Church. Disputes like this might only create bad feelings and may not be likely
to change the other person's mind. Plus it can be difficult to know how to
approach apologetics if we do not know the person at all. We are happy both to
try to point interested parties to relevant resources on the site and to try to
answer questions to the best of our ability (when we are able), but we do not wish to engage in
back and forth arguments with non-Catholics.
We invite you to view
the material in the Non-Catholics Section
here in case it might be of assistance in discussions with your friend. Even
though the section is geared towards non-Catholics, it can still be quite useful
for Catholics. It contains a defense of various Catholic beliefs, plus there are
also biblical references, challenges, etc. Perhaps your friend will be more
receptive to the information when it comes from you.
Finally, we'd remind
that if a non-Catholic is resistant to the truth, it may not be possible to
convince them with words, no matter much evidence may be available to support
it. In any event, prayer is very important.
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