Monday, April 02, 2007

Poll-Release Monday #9

Yay! :D Here is the new poll for this week:
  • Who do you think is our best modern-day Catholic apologist?
    • Jimmy Akin
    • Mark Shea
    • Patrick Madrid
    • Scott Hahn
    • David Armstrong
    • Robert Sungenis
    • Tim Staples
I anticipate this week's poll receiving much more visitor participation than my previous poll. Just about anyone who regular visits a blog like mine is familiar with these guys. They have had a huge role to play in the revival of Catholic apologetics in the 21st century. This is gonna be a close one! To vote, see the sidebar -->

As for last week's poll ("Which of the four Gospels is your favorite?"), the turnout was pretty low. Here are the results:

Perhaps my visitors have never read the Gospels, or don't know enough about them to establish any one of the four as their favorite? This is actually quite common. My impression is that most people know particular passages from the Gospels, and they've heard the parables, and they know generally what the Gospels say about Jesus. But, they haven't read all four Gospels all the way through and that aren't familiar with what makes each Gospel unique. Leave a comment and let me know why you didn't vote (if you're brave enough, hehe).

For the 25 who voted, John was the overwhelming favorite. Why did you vote for John? I voted for him because of his high Christology (which has taken on new significance for me in light of Roger Haight) and because of the Eucharistic discourse in John 6. I also like how John situates the events of his Gospel around the various Jewish feasts (such as the Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, Dedication at Jersualem, etc.) and how he fills in some of the details left out of the synoptic Gospels.

If you would like to learn more, Felix Just, S.J. has some great commentaries and biblical studies on Johannine literature and the synoptic Gospels that give a great snapshot of the distinct characteristics of the four Gospels and how they relate to one another. Also see the Gospels and Acts entry in the Catholic Defense Directory.

Pax Christi,

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