Soli Deo Gloria!
Website of the Year Award (Envoy)
. . . we see the importance of recognizing and encouraging those who are truly effective in their efforts to proclaim the Catholic Faith. Nominees are selected and voted upon by the staff and several of our advisors.
Thank you, Dave, for the tremendous good you and the Biblical Evidence for Catholicism website have done and are doing for Christ and His Church. All of us at Envoy Magazine love you and support you in our prayers and the work of our apostolate. Please remember us in your prayers.
All the best in Christ,
President (dated 16 March 1999)
Dave: I wish to publicly express my deep appreciation and gratefulness for this award. We all need the encouragement in the battle for the Gospel and the Church, and I am greatly touched by this gesture, from my fellow Catholic apologists at Envoy whom I respect so highly. Thanks so much, and may God abundantly bless your excellent efforts at Envoy. I know I speak for many when I say that your apologetic work is some of the best currently available, and that the graphics and layout make for a very attractive and appealing publication - which in turn can only enhance and render more effective the edifying and informative articles contained therein.
You utterly amaze me! Such good stuff . . . Dave, keep up your effective and eternally valuable apologetic journalism!
Marcus Grodi, 5-2-97
Catholic Apologist; former Presbyterian pastor, story in Surprised by Truth, Director of Coming Home Network, and host of EWTN's TV Program The Journey Home
You are an inspiration to me. I love your feisty, logical, loyal defense of the Faith. I am very impressed that you have put so much time and personal energy into . . . your wondrous home page, and personal correspondence, too.
Lynn Nordhagen, 8-2-97
Convert from Calvinism, story in Journeys Home (ed. Marcus Grodi; Queenship Pub. Co., 1997), Envoy magazine, and Coming Home Newsletter.
. . . The site contains many excellent articles. He uses the best Catholic sources as well as drawing on good Protestant sources which support the Catholic position . . . We highly recommend this site . . . everything on the site is faithful to the Magisterium.
We highly recommend this site. In our opinion it is one of the best places to visit on the Internet.
- Fidelity: A
- Resources: A
- Implementation: A (Purpose: A; Maintenance: A; Organization: A; Appearance: B)
We have selected your site as our Site of the Week. Further, we will include the article you mention [ "How Cardinal Newman Convinced me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church" ] on our Catholic Library CD.
Catholic World website, 8-11-97
I've been noticing a lot of positive comments from around the country on your apologetics efforts on the Internet. Bravo!
I admire, as ever, your fantastic and penetrating work for Christ and His Church. You can always count on my prayers - please let me count on yours.
Keep up the fantastic work with "Biblical Catholicism." All of us at Envoy love it and often refer people to it.
Patrick Madrid, 8-12-97 / 6-16-98 / 3-14-99
Catholic Apologist and editor of Envoy magazine, and of the bestseller Surprised by Truth (which includes my conversion story); author of Any Friend of God's is a Friend of Mine (Basilica Press, 1996)
I have read Surprised by Truth and especially enjoyed the insight and good humor of your own contribution . . . I have bookmarked your website and will keep checking it. It looks like a really good resource.
Alfred J. Freddoso, 8-25-97
Philosophy Department Homepage: http://www.nd.edu/~afreddos University of Notre Dame
I checked out . . . your Web Pages tonight, and all I can say is WOW! . . . What a great job you have done pulling together such wonderful resources!!! Congratulations on a job VERY well done!
Fr. Bob McLaughlin, 9-2-97
Archdiocesan Director Newman Apostolate Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Latin Rite)
You have an excellent [G.K. Chesterton] site. Thanks for your good work on behalf of GK Chesterton!
Dale Ahlquist, 9-10-97
President: American Chesterton Society
First I want to thank you so very much for providing the Faithful with such an invaluable resource. I can't tell you what an inspiration your site and your resources are and what a tremendous help you have been to me in so many different ways.
On occasion, we acknowledge the special excellence of sites that we know our readers and viewers simply must go see, not only for the excellence of the site and layout, but most especially for content. You site is an example of just such a "must-see" that we love to commend to our readership.
To that end, though, I wanted to send you our TOP 1% Best Catholic Site award . . . This one is only for the best of the absolute best, and there is no question that yours is indeed the best on the Web for the subject matter.
Michael Shea, 11-3-97
The Immaculate Heart of Mary http://www.immaculateheart.com
I absolutely love your site. I've been borrowing info from your tracts and articles for apologetics use for most of this year and felt like I needed to drop you a note to express my gratitude.
Martin Beckman, Catholic Apologist, 12-19-97
You do such good work. Without pride, don't minimize the gifts God has given you. Your web page is excellent and you are obviously a self-taught man.
Dr. Kenneth Howell, 5-29-98
Former Presbyterian pastor, author of Mary of Nazareth (Queenship Pub. Co., 1998)
[Yours is] my very favorite web site, a veritable treasure-trove of apologetics info, with fascinating articles galore.
Diane Kamer, 6-16-98
Catholic freelance writer; conversion story appeared in Envoy magazine.
I'm sure many people say this but I'll say it again: God bless you and your family for all the work you put into defending the Faith! Wow! I'm amazed.
Ron Kneusel, Catholic apologist, 6-17-98
In the handout Catholic Web Sites, for her discussion: "How to Be an E-Mail Apostle" at the Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville (July 10-12, 1998), Kris (who called me the "King of the Internet" :-), recommended my website and wrote that it was: "strongly recommended by everyone I know."
Kristine Franklin, 7-11-98
Catholic speaker and free-lance writer for periodicals such as Envoy, New Covenant, and Our Sunday Visitor. Kris has written 10 children's books, including two award-winning novels, Eclipse and Lone Wolf.
An empowered, faithful, educated and technically astute laity is a wonderful phenomenon and Dave Armstrong, a free lance writer and Catholic apologist, is just such a character. His Biblical Evidence for Catholicism pages provide both a good in-depth resource for those seeking to better understand the Catholic Church and a witness to the joy of a life lived in the Truth. The site is designed well for the user, easy to navigate and explore and has a good mix of the dry and the funny. How can a guy go wrong when, at the top of his page, pictures appear of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the rose window from Notre Dame, Paris, and G.K Chesterton with his beloved wife Francine?
Review of my website in New Covenant magazine, August 1998
You have done a VERY great job on your web site. Keep up the excellent work!
Steve Wood, 8-13-98
Prominent pro-life and pro-family activist; convert from Presbyterianism
You have got one heckuva great website - the info. on it is simply overwhelming!
Kelvin Chia, 8-15-98
Lay Catholic Apologist
Your site continues to look good and to be among the most useful.
Mark Brumley, 9-28-98
Catholic Apologist and now President of Ignatius Press
Over the past few weeks, as I prepare for my lectures in Church history, and a further graduate unit in Moral Theology for 1999, I have visited, re-visited, and read/reflected on your pages extensively. May I say, that I have now listed your Site in their study-notes as a "Must-Visit" Site/Pages for my undergraduate and graduate students. Absolutely breathtakingly marvelous!
Yuri Koszarycz, 1-19-99
Senior Lecturer in Religion (Ethics) Australian Catholic University http://honey.acu.edu.au/~yuri/index.html
Your site is an amazing fount of faith and knowledge. "Impressed" doesn't do justice in regards to what I have read at your site.
A soon-to-be convert to the Catholic Church, 10-9-97
You know so much. Your zeal for the faith is evident in your writing. I wish all the "formally" trained people could express (and believe) the way you do. God is obviously doing great things through you.
A Catholic layman, 10-26-97
I am a French Catholic academic . . . I am specially indebted to C. S. Lewis - I wrote my PhD Thesis on him (on the relation of imagination to reality), and translated The Abolition of Man in French . . . thanks for your magnificent page.
Irene Fernandez, convert, 11-5-97
Your web site is one of the very best. I am VERY impressed.
Fr. John Abberton, parish priest of St. Peter's in Bradford, England, 11-16-97
What a GREAT website you have! . . . I wish that I had known of your site when I was struggling with my faith . . . Thanks again for this tremendous site! I just wanted to drop an "e-mail" line thanking you for your wonderful web page, especially the section having to do with the Orthodox Church, . . . which was a GREAT help. I was going through a SERIOUS crisis concerning the dual claims of both the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as to being the True Church . . . Thanks again, Dave, you have been such a great help to me.
Catholic layman, 11-97
I am in awe at the worth of material you have gathered and made available . . . This material is a valuable resources for homilies and confirmation classes.
Rev. Deacon Thomas M. Basta, 11-97
Hi, I'm a teenager . . . your site is always a great aid to me. Also, its nice to see such a wealth of information . . . Thanks so much for SUCH a useful tool and for the great background it provides.
Catholic laywoman, 1-14-98
I can't say enough about the resources you have taken the time to put on the web.
Catholic layman, 1-16-98
I have just finished reading some of the transcripts of your Sola Scriptura discussions posted on your web site. As a left-brain dominant Catholic (math, science, engineering undergrad and law grad)... I probably enjoyed your logical crushing of the Sola Scriptura position more than a good Christian should!
Catholic layman, 1-20-98
Greatly enjoyed your website. I am a former Protestant minister of 15 years and am now a Catholic . . . Your site has a wealth of truth that helped me in my conversion to Catholicism. Your site, Catholic Answers, John Michael Talbot helped me a lot see "the light".
Catholic layman and convert, 1-24-98
I just wanted to thank you for your efforts on your web page and in talking to me personally. I . . . will be received into the Church this Easter. Your web site really facilitated much of my research into the Catholic Church. Newman's Development of Christian Doctrine, which you recommended to me, played a large part too.
Catholic layman and convert, 2-9-98
Thank you (and Almighty God) for providing a most interesting and informative website . . . It gives me great joy to see that people like you are entering Mother Church and defending her. Keep the faith!
Catholic layman, 2-9-98
I just realized how AWESOME [your website] is!!! What a great beacon and pillar you are! . . . I've started to read your article on Luther and what I've read so far is AWESOME!
Catholic layman and convert, 2-10-98
When I stumbled onto your website, I was thrilled with how complete it is, how well organized, how friendly, how humble, and just how charming it is. Thank you for the wonderful service you are providing for people like me . . . I appreciate very very much what you have done here.
Catholic laywoman, 2-22-98
Let me begin by praising you for all the work you put into letting the truth be known! How proud our Lord must be of this awesome effort. I enjoy immensely the intelligent and rational views of the Catholic Faith . . . Thanks for all the info you lay out there, without forcing your own opinion. It's like an on-line library.
Catholic layman, 3-3-98
Eternal thanks for your site . . . This site is an immeasurable treasure to me and I will pass it on. Thank you for this most critical work!
Catholic layman, 3-7-98
Wow, this is wonderful work. You are one of the more erudite Catholic apologists I have run into . . . One senses, however, an overarching charity in your approach.
Catholic layman, 3-7-98
What a dynamite web site! . . . I'm very grateful to you for establishing it.
Catholic layman, 3-8-98
You have one of the BEST web pages I have ever visited.
Catholic layman, 3-9-98
Congrats on your wonderful site . . . I plan to make frequent use of the material there in discussions with Protestant and non-believing friends. Thank you for putting it together in such a clear and organised way.
Catholic layman, 3-10-98
Just visited your web site and I just have to tell you that I think it's wonderful. At times, it can be very disheartening to witness to the truth - especially when it's Catholics that we have to witness to. It's web pages like this and people as yourself that give me strength and hope to continue.
Catholic layman, 3-22-98
I am immensely grateful for your web site. It is a veritable treasure of mentally stimulating material for which I give thanks to God for His unspeakable gift in Christ . . . For twelve years I served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church of North America . . . Thanks be to God for the internet which was and is my path way to a Catholic education. To abbreviate, I will be received into the Catholic Church this Easter vigil . . . Again, Dave, I so deeply appreciate the wealth of material you have provided. I intend to drink deeply at this well.
Catholic layman and convert, 3-24-98
Thank you for your site. I am a cradle Catholic who has been Baptist (SBC) for 10 years. It now seems as if the RCC is more biblical than the Protestant denominations . . . I really didn't even know there were Catholics out there like you and the folks at Catholic Answers.
Catholic layman and "revert," 3-24-98
[I am] astounded by the links you have accumulated and shared . . . You have gathered together groups of links that are enormously helpful to me, and I am certain, to many others.
Catholic (?) layman, 3-30-98
I am sending you this message to congratulate you on your most excellent WEB page. I have seen many Catholic Apologetic WEB pages before but yours is most definitely one of the best I've seen to date.
Catholic layman, 4-15-98
You have so many marvelous, incredible articles and links on your site - it is great!!!!
Catholic laywoman, 4-16-98
I'm a 16-year old Catholic from Singapore and have been looking around for an ideal Catholic apologetics website and I must say yours is the best! It provided answers to many of my doubts.
Catholic layman, 4-22-98
I just visited your web page and I was astonished at its completeness.
Catholic layman, 4-24-98
Great job you are doing! Your articles are so well written, orthodox Catholic, well researched and ecumenical! Love your bibliographies too.
Catholic layman, 4-27-98
What a wealth of information to study and learn from. And as a "re-vert" to Catholicism, this is something I sorely need.
Catholic laywoman, 4-28-98
Your site . . . is very well done and full of really good information.
Sam Ranelli: Webmaster EWTN Online Services www.ewtn.com, 4-29-98
Your page . . . is just what I needed to communicate Catholic doctrine to a Protestant group . . . in order to communicate to Bible-centered denominations one must know the biblical origins of our beliefs. Thank you for giving me that language.
Catholic layman, 4-29-98
Your web pages are a superb effort . Please accept my warmest congratulations . Maybe in the coming months I will be able to offer the possibility of a mirror site in Spanish for the whole of South America. Warmest greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prof. Dr. Cesar Augusto Gigena Lamas, 5-1-98
Your web pages . . . [are] A GOLDMINE . . . THANK YOU . . . I spent nine years in the convent and read my Bible every day . . . wish more Catholics did. With all my theological training etc, I am still at a loss when it comes to understanding the differences in Protestant and Catholic versions of the Bible, and the nuances of these differences . . . I feel like I hit the mother lode . . . For months I have been looking for something like this . . . . Now I have somewhere to go to get answers.
Catholic laywoman, 5-11-98
I am amazed at your writing ability. You have a gift Mr. Armstrong, and I am blessed by it . . . As a convert myself, I am really happy to be able to read material from such as yourself. Keep it up, the Church and the world needs you!
Catholic layman, 5-12-98
Just read your text on your conversion as per Cardinal Newman. You did an outstanding job . . . Keep it up . . . it helps people like myself greatly.
Catholic (?) layman, 5-14-98
I live in an area that is predominatly fundamentalist Protestant and find my faith being challenged on an almost daily basis. I am grateful for your site because it has given me many answers backed up by Scripture with which to answer some of the criticisms I receive. Thank you for all your dedicated work to provide us with the "weapons" to be "warriors for our Faith."
Catholic laywoman, 5-14-98
You have provided us with the best list of links I have ever seen.
Francis X. Brown O.P., 5-19-98
Thank you for your fantastic web page - it's great. I am a life-long Catholic and finding such enthusiasm is such a help. So many Catholics do not have a true love of the faith . . . hopefully with individuals-like yourself this may turn the tide!!!
Catholic laywoman, 5-20-98
I've been to your website and I felt like I found a treasure chest of knowlege about my faith which I can share with my friends, specially, my priest-friends!!!!!!
Catholic laywoman, 5-26-98
Your site scares me - Its like all off a sudden I found my Home Site that someone else had created for me . . . It's like looking into a spiritual mirror . . . I have placed your site at the top of my "Favorites."
Catholic Deacon, 5-27-98
Simply a marvelous site that clearly is a labor of love. Just had to share my joy at discovering you.
Catholic (?) layman, 6-21-98
I have been fascinated reading the wealth of information on your superb website! Maybe it's time the Church adopted lay preachers!
Catholic layman, 6-23-98
Please accept my thanks for your web site. It is an invaluable source of information for me. When I have a question I need to research, your site is the first place I visit.
Catholic (?) layman, 6-25-98
I’ve been very active in promoting your Justification Page in many postings in various EWTN Forums. It is truly outstanding, as are all of the sections of your web pages . . . The information you have on display in all of your categories is really awesome. The fantastic articles you have put together will bring many, many people into the truth of the Catholic faith . . . Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing for the Catholic Church.
Catholic layman, 7-7-98
What a terrific website you have! . . . I'm planning to start a Catholic apologetics program in my parish and your website is one of several I'm sure I'll be referencing frequently! It's charitable, professional and full of the "joy of being Catholic" - a wonderful witness.
Catholic laywoman, 7-9-98
Just a brief note to say how much I enjoy your website. It gives me a lot of hours of spiritual and intellectual satisfaction. It's really nice to see someone who is so appreciative of the Faith and values the deep history and literature available to Catholics . . . it is a pleasure to read your page.
Catholic layman, 7-10-98
This webpage is absolutely and unbelievably terrific!
Catholic (?) laywoman, 7-11-98
While I have viewed many fine Catholic web pages, yours is probably the most comprehensive.
Catholic layman, 7-11-98
I have been enjoying your incredible pages . . . I will definitely be using your pages throughout the coming year as a source of information and inspiration.
Catholic layman, 8-1-98
I have used your research and study on Catholic doctrines in your website so many times . . . Your research and study have been very useful to me . . . So please accept my heartfelt thanks . . . It is difficult to fathom the appreciation and joy I feel for your hard work, but I do.
Catholic layman, 8-2-98
Thanks for the web site. I am finding it most enlightening. After returning to Christ as a Southern Baptist, my searching has led me back to the Mother Church in which I was raised. Your site has been helpful in that journey . . . it's like coming home again.
Catholic layman and "revert", 8-10-98
This is one of the best sites I have ever surfed on! An Orthodox Catholic site with the writings of (my favorite) GK Chesterton and Cardinal Newman! I am in Heaven.
Catholic laywoman, 8-13-98
Yours is an excellent website! I can truly use this for my teaching. I teach high school theology . . . Your site is a magnificent theological resource for me.
Catholic layman, 8-16-98
I must say that I am pretty impressed with the work you have done . . . I cannot wait to see what you have written and the links you have for other aspects of the Catholic Church.
Catholic laywoman, 8-18-98
Your web site is unbelievably good . . . There is enough information there to last me the rest of my life! I can't tell you how great it is to find all the tremendous links you have.
Catholic layman, 8-23-98
This site . . . is a superb collection. I am humbled by the extraordinary devotion in assembling this material and maintaining it.
Catholic (?) layman, 8-30-98
I am a convert, first from dispensationalist fundamentalism, to Anglicanism, to the Holy Catholic Church, with degrees in theology from Yale Divinity School and the University of Navarre. Yours is the absolute best site on the web for dealing with the biblical dimensions of dogmas and doctrines rooted in Tradition . . . What I love about your page is that the articles show not only the scriptural verses but the scriptural logic for the dogmas and doctrines.
Catholic layman, 9-5-98
I write with great excitement as I peruse and explore your web site. You have done a remarkable job . . . I just wanted to thank you for providing such a wonderful site that provides so much valuable information. Sites such as yours make the Internet the valuable tool that it should be, rather than the thoughtless, valueless, wasteland that it so often is.
Catholic layman, 9-9-98
This is the best Catholic site in my opinion. Very intelligent!
Catholic layman, 9-12-98
As a young Catholic man gifted with a vocation to the priesthood, I appreciate your page. The dialogue on the scriptural basis for celibacy was a great tool for me.
Catholic seminarian, 9-15-98
What a magnificent site!!!!!!!! . . . [I] am sure that sites like yours will be so very instrumental in uniting Our Lord's family.
Catholic (?) laywoman, 9-16-98
Yours is a super site!! I host a local TV program on Catholic Apologetics, and I find myself constantly searching your site to "arm myself", so to speak.
Catholic layman, 9-19-98
You have done an incredible amount of work on this page and it is an EXCELLENT page. I have never seen so much information available on the Catholic Faith.
Catholic (?) laywoman, 9-27-98
Thank you and bless you for your web site. It is obvious that many hours of hard work and prayer are behind designing and maintaining it . . . Between Scott and Kimberly Hahn's book and now finding your incredible web site, [my husband] is moving closer and closer to a decision . . . I wanted to let you know that all your hard work is making a tremendous difference in the life of someone else. I'm sure we are representative of many others.
Catholic laywoman, 10-3-98
Your site is a continued source of inspiration and is starting to become one of the pillars that holds up my faith.
Catholic layman, 10-6-98
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the best scriptural defense of the Immaculate Conception I've ever seen!
Catholic laywoman, 10-14-98
[Yours is] one of the best Catholic websites I have seen. It's been a great blessing for me when I want to read something truly Catholic . . . The site has helped me in talking to Protestants and even non-Christians about the faith.
Catholic layman (considering the priesthood), 10-22-98
Thank you so much for your wonderful website. There is a wealth of information that is useful for me in RCIA, for responding to questions about our Catholic faith, and for my formation in the permanent diaconate. Although I am a cradle Catholic, people like yourself, Scott Hahn, Thomas Howard and Peter Kreeft are truly an inspiration to me. Your love for the Catholic faith fuels and reinforces my love for Christ and His Church. Thank you also for promoting the interfaith dialogue. With God's help, we will some day all be one.
Catholic layman (soon to be deacon), 10-23-98
I love the John Henry Newman Page and all the treasures that are to be found through it.
Catholic (?) laywoman, 10-27-98
I've been browsing around your website ... just a quick private note to tell you how much joy your story - and your witness - gives to me . . . I was deeply moved by your story . . .
Catholic layman, 10-27-98
I want to thank you for the EXCELLENT compilation of links on life issues like abortion, contraception, and euthanasia . . . I am thankful in the extreme.
Catholic laywoman, 10-27-98
I find your site very useful in understanding Christian beliefs and doctrines. The essays in the site are very sophisticated and of high standards.
Catholic (?) layman, 10-29-98
I'm very impressed, . . . I am very moved by your comprehensiveness.
Catholic layman, 10-29-98
I dropped by and was amazed by your website. You have the most comprehensive collection of links and resources I have ever seen.
Catholic (?) layman, 10-29-98
Congrats! Fabulous page with loads of info! . . . Your site has been added to our favorites and will be utilized by our children. Our goal is to make them Catholic "tanks", i.e., fortified with enough armor to withstand "biblical evidence against Catholicism" and "logic" claiming to prove no need for religion. You have our gratitude for aiding us.
Catholic laywoman, 11-3-98
You have a great web site. I use it all the time, including using it for my catechism class that I lead.
Catholic layman, 11-3-98
You have easily one of the top Catholic sites on the internet.
Catholic layman, 11-3-98
Thank you for an excellent respositary of Marian material for study and devotion . . . I am a future student of Mariology (a perspective STD candiate at the University of Dayton's Marian Institute.
Fr. Robert M. Santry, 11-9-98
Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) US Army
Your page is wonderful, very helpful and full of good insights. Also, you seem to be very charitable.
Catholic (?) layman, 12-3-98
I stumbled onto your web site while looking for Catholic apologetics information....wow! What a treasure trove of information. I certainly will be a frequent visitor.
Catholic (?) layman, 12-4-98
I have been a Catholic all my life and I use your site along with another one to teach the Faith to my Protestant girlfriend and her friends. You provide wonderful articles that tackle the tough issues. When they are finally converted and become part of the Body of Christ, I will be able to owe some of the thanks to your site.
Catholic layman, 12-5-98
I want to thank you for your wonderful internet site. It is truly a treasure trove of all kinds of fascinating and salutary information. I particularly enjoy reading your dialogues, which display great erudition and certainly cause one to think (for a lawyer like me, its like being back in law school again!).
Catholic layman, 12-7-98
Congratulations and thanks for such a terrific site! I'm amazed at the depth and variety of links you've assembled, and particularly appreciate the excellent and tasteful graphics. The interconnections between Christianity, music, and art are well drawn and nicely brought out in (for example) your discussion of C.S. Lewis and Romanticism . . . Also it has been a real revelation (no pun intended) for me to see the deep roots of Catholic doctrine in Scripture, which Evangelicals converts naturally tend to bring out very well.
Catholic layman, 12-18-98
I am a 25 year-old lay Catholic from Christchurch, New Zealand. I think your website is great, . . . and [it] has contributed to a huge interest that I have now in Catholic apologetics, history and doctrine . . . And best of all, my faith has been strengthened tremendously.
Catholic layman, 12-21-98
You have an outstanding page that is a great source of information. I admire your position on striving to maintain a mutual respect for each other, something that seems in short supply in other forums.
Catholic layman, 12-22-98
Your format is very user-friendly and the abundance of material is impressive. In addition, your apologetic work is excellent . . . Your web site is a Catholic treasure chest . . . You are very gifted and certainly have blessed me.
A Catholic Deacon, 12-26-98
This is just a quick line to say how much I appreciate your work . . . You are teaching me so much more than I learned in four years of theology in seminary.
A Catholic Priest, 12-27-98
I am a big fan of your . . . website. I must have visited your home page 100 times. I cannot imagine how you could have amassed that much information. You do an excellent job of explaining Catholic thought.
Catholic layman, 12-28-98
You have an AWESOME website. You've helped me so much this past year. Much of the stuff on your site helped me convert to the Faith as well. You have answered many of my questions and you are a very skilled apologist. Your dialogues are very good and entertaining to read. Overall it is the best site around. Thank you Dave for introducing me through your website to Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, more of the Church Fathers, and a deeper look at the Faith.
Catholic laywoman, 1-12-99
Dave, this is simply the best and most extensive site I've seen! It's a virtual treasure of Catholic Apologetics. God bless you for providing such a weapon in defense of our faith.
Catholic layman, 1-15-99
In the last couple of months I've had the opportunity to witness to some local Jehovah's Witnesses, help a friend deal with an antagonistic, anti-Catholic co-worker , and assist my wife in learning the biblical basis for the Catholic doctrines regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary. For each question, the first web site I've gone to is Biblical Evidence for Catholicism; I consider your site invaluable.
Catholic layman, 1-22-99
I feel greatly in debt to you; you (and your site) were the "good samaritan" that helped me on that road back home. Thanks.
Catholic layman, 1-27-99
Just a short note to thank you for all the info. When I stumbled onto your site, I was amazed. I wish I had time to feast, but when I have that precious moment, late at night, I pull up my start page (yours) and savour one or two articles or nibble here and there. It's like being at an all-you-can-eat buffet, you don't know where to begin. I sometimes copy one and leave it on the kitchen table, so my husband has something to read over breakfast or on break at GM. We enjoy reading one each night before we go to bed . . . The more I read, the more I learn, and the more I retain. It's like law talk, medical jargon, dental (my field) lingo - as I digest each page, I become more fluent in articulating my beliefs to others. Thank you Dave. Thanks from all of us.
Catholic laywoman, 1-29-99
I finally had some free time and I visited your webpage. Incredible! I could spend another year just reading the articles posted . . . Your web page is very similar to the one I have been envisioning to create . . . Your site was very informative and encouraging (especially the personal stuff). I thank God for your ministry.
Catholic layman, 2-2-99
Your site has been a godsend to me. In the past year, I have had numerous online debates with anti-Catholics. My apologetical skills as a defender of Catholicism have improved 100% - due almost entirely to your site. Thanks to the "font of information" which you have there, I can usually find almost anything I need to defend the Church against even the most obscure or bizarre charges . . . I owe a lot to you and your site.
Catholic layman, 2-2-99
Your site is outstanding. Sites like yours are a blessing. I read your chapter in Surprised By Truth some time ago and have admired you since. You have compiled a powerful presentation here and quite a collection of resources. For all your work in this life to teach the truth of our faith, your reward will be great in heaven.
Catholic layman, 2-8-99
I . . . check[ed] out your website . . . I am impressed. Where were you last year when I was needing this??? Thank God I have found the treasure chest at last. I can hardly wait to get into the articles. Thanks in advance for all the input you will have in my faith journey.
Catholic laywoman, 2-14-99
You are doing such a wonderful gob with your much needed web site . . . As soon as I see any of the following names; Karl Keating, Cardinal Newman, Augustine, Aquinas and Chesterton, then I KNOW I have reliable information! It is the cream:) And I thank you! I just wish to congratulate you and give you a little moral support by letting you know that you are included in my regular prayers, and mass intentions, so that you persevere in your good works and EXCELLENT information!
Catholic laywoman, 2-18-99
I really appreciate your network of sites, both internal and external; I have found your personal writings very helpful and extremely useful and insightful. I am utterly amazed that you're not a theologian by profession. Your piece on Transubstantiation was particularly helpful at a time when I was unable to coherently formulate my belief in the Real Presence to a Protestant friend who vehemently failed to see any truth whatever in the doctrine. Since then, I've consulted your page many times for a variety of reasons.
Catholic layman, 2-24-99
I came across your website today for the first time - I found it quite thorough and enjoyable. Your conversion story is like mine in many ways. I wish I had known about your site when I was going through my three-year-long "can the Catholic Church really be true?" phase that every convert from the Evangelical world experiences. During my conversion, I relied heavily on the Akin/Keating/Hahn materials, but found nothing quite so thorough on the web as you present here.
Catholic layman, 2-25-99
You have a great website and the articles on it are absolutely wonderful. My family is Catholic. My brother was attending a Protestant church and he came up with all the Protestant arguments you know so well. My mom was praying and praying.Then I found your site and e-mailed him a whole slew of your writings. Now, he's arguing against Protestants, not with them. Praise God!
Catholic laywoman, 2-27-99
Catholicism is Biblical
There are some key topics that non-believers like to confront Catholic about to prove
that Catholicism is not rooted in the scriptures. Unfortunately, we sometimes feel helpless and downright dumb because we lack adequate information to respond to these objections. “Biblical Evidence for Catholicism” will give you the facts that you
. . . John Henry Cardinal Newman was an outstanding intellectual, an Anglican who
became a Roman Catholic. His writings have influenced many people to turn to
Catholicism. Other such influences are C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Malcolm
Muggeridge. This site is certainly influenced by thinkers such as these.
The topics discussed here include: papacy and infallibility, purgatory, Mary, the
sacraments, to name just a few. These are the classical topics that seem to differentiate Catholics from other Christian denominations. However, this site’s explanation of these topics is very classy. There are presentations by the author, but other noted Catholic authors supplement this basic information. In addition, there are links to other web sites for an even greater explanation.
This site also goes beyond the typical objections to Catholicism and addresses more
contemporary topics. The author of this page seems to be a strong intellectual. Thus, the author tackles topics such as the occult, worldviews, the Church Fathers, and politics. This last topic was particularly interesting. All of the articles in this section of the web pages seemed to be well thought out. The selection of other authors was also very impressive.
Most of the pages at this web site have some very interesting and unique Christian
art. The artwork alone makes a visit here worthwhile. The unique aspect of “Biblical
Evidence” is the depth of the articles. The contents of these pages are definitely for the intellectual and for the one who wants to go beyond the brief responses found elsewhere. To spend time here will open your eyes to the world of Catholic scholarship.
“Biblical Evidence” is definitely not for the faint hearted or for someone looking for a
quick argument. Go here for some real content. You will discover the world of serious
Rev. Msgr. Robert H. Aucoin, 3-10-99
Magazine review (http://www.wadhams.edu/aucoin/)
This is the best Catholic website! I am putting a lesson plan together for CCD tomorrow and I found everything that I need.
Catholic layman, 3-13-99
I think the reason I like [your website] so much is because the way you explain things. Some terms are still above my head, but for the most part, I understand what you're saying. So many times when I look something up in the Catechism, Catholic Encyclopedia, or other theological book, I'm not much better off after having read them. Too many of the terms are words that I am not at all familiar with. It's like a lay person looking up a drug in the Physician's Desk Reference!
Catholic laywoman, 3-14-99
I have just discovered you web site and I am astounded at the excellence of the content. You are to be congratulated for such a powerful Apostolate.
Catholic layman, 3-14-99
I just wanted to commend you on a terrific site. Your site is a wonderful launch pad for further exploration of the wonders of our faith. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your debates with our fellow Christians. Although I am a cradle Catholic, I often feel that converts put us to shame when it comes to understanding the teachings of our faith and being able to defend those same teachings. Because of sites like yours I have a profound and renewed interest in apologetics.
Catholic layman, 3-17-99
I just want to thank you for dedicating so much of your time and energy to giving "an account of our hope" (1 Pet. 3:15). You have clarified many misconceptions and answered numerous questions.
Catholic layman, 3-17-99
I just wish to drop you a note saying how much I appreciate your website. I have been accessing your site several times a week for over a year now and every visit I am enlightened and fortified in my faith. Well done!
Catholic layman (recent convert), 3-27-99
I just wanted to tell you how helpful your site has been for me. As a high school theology teacher, I find that your web site helps me to answer any question that a teenager in this age of skepticism might have . . . I am constantly recommending your site. I feel it is one of the best on the net.
Catholic layman, 3-27-99
Thank God for you. Your insight into these matters of apologetics is phenomenal. You are obviously blessed by God. Please keep up the work that you do.
Catholic layman, 3-29-99
I'm extremely pleased to learn that you've won the Website of the Year Award from Envoy Magazine. Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment! The fantastic work you've done has been evident for a long time. Your efforts have touched the lives of people in ways which will reverberate through eternity. And this award will serve as a means for even more people to discover your wonderful web site.
Art Kelly, Catholic Internet Apologist 4-6-99
I really appreciate your site and think that it is marvelous, one of the best I have seen on the web . . . I have also had the opportunity to enter into dialogue (a nice 'PC' word!) with some of our Protestant brethren of late and have found your site to be of great assistance in doing some of the groundwork I have to do in order to give a reason for the hope within me.
Catholic layman (considering priesthood?), 4-6-99
I just wanted to thank you for helping to bring about my reception into the Holy Catholic Church. Without your efforts and the wealth of information you've made available, I doubt that I would have been received into the Church this past Easter. As a former Protestant, who moved through Anglicanism to Catholicism, I can tell you that every possible question I could conceive of asking, was answered on your website. And as the scales fell from my eyes, I not only knew I must convert, but I longed to do so. Now that my longing has been fulfilled, I again thank you. For the Grace of GOD has worked through you to me, and hopefully it will continue through me, onward. May the Peace of GOD always be with you, and with all those you love.
Catholic layman (recent convert), 4-11-99
Your website is not only a great source of information, but also of spiritual guidance and inspiration . . . Thank you for bolstering my faith. Keep up the great work!
Catholic layman, 4-14-99
I wanted to also thank you for your ministry, . . . on behalf of my husband . . . I was a cradle Catholic who was reconciled to the Church from somewhat fundamental Protestantism last October. I provided him with your website and the Hahns' book to reassure him about my choice . . . Since I last was in touch with you, the following miracles have happened: Both our former marriages were annulled. My husband attended the most recent RCIA class. He was baptized, confirmed and received his first Communion Easter Vigil. Our marriage was convalidated Easter morning. Your website was of tremendous help to him, both in making this decision and in answering the questions (some challenges, I think) from loved ones and friends who questioned our choices.
Catholic laywoman and recent "revert" (whose husband recently converted), 4-14-99
I've just returned from looking at your lighthouse photos, with verses from Holy Scripture - really beautiful, Dave . . . I think you did an admirable job. And 'killing two birds' by adding quotes from Scripture made the experience of viewing your photos doubly thought- provoking.
Catholic layman (?), 4-17-99
Your Biblical Evidence site really was one of the most powerful influences of my decision to re-embrace Catholicism and I don't think I could be grateful enough.
Catholic layman and "revert", 5-2-99
I congratulate you on the fine job you have done. You have perhaps the finest apologetics page on the Internet.
Catholic (?) layman, 5-12-99
Great site. I visit it often. You have the best apologetic site I've seen . . . Cardinal Mohoney says: "The internet is the modern day Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walks, calling Disciples to himself." Your site makes these words come alive.
Catholic layman, 5-20-99
I have never felt compelled to send an e-mail message to any other website. Sheer gratitude has prompted me to make an exception to this "rule" and drop you a note today. In particular, I wish to express thanks for the apologetical information contained on your site regarding the Eastern Orthodox Church . . . Since we have been so eager to recognize all that is and remains authentic within the separated Eastern Churches, the tendency has been to ignore the remaining differences.
Catholic layman, 5-21-99
I've been spending more time on [your website] lately, especially the pages regarding justification and baptismal regeneration. I am in awe of how extensive it is in terms of sources and articles. You are doing a great service for those of us who are converts from Reformed Protestantism and involved in explaining the Faith to our former church members, friends, and relatives.
Catholic layman, 6-10-99
I wrote that note shortly after I got onto your site, and I must say it only got better and better. I forwarded it to several people I know would appreciate it. I thank you for all the work you put into it. It will take a long time for me to get through all the info. you present but I know it will a most pleasant search . . . Of course, the information on the Church was the most valuable (and treasured!) and will bring me back again and again . . . I think Saint Paul would have made a site like yours.
Catholic layman, 6-22-99
I am really at the verge of tears of thanks for your excellent website which has "saved" me before - I probably dropped you a line then, too. I just had what felt like an argument with my very best friend, a lovely Protestant woman, quite an evangelist in her own right, who challenged me on Purgatory and the intercession of the saints. I handled Purgatory fine I think (I'm a convert from Evangelical Protestantism and I can assure you I did LOTS of thinking and reading before converting) but the strain and anguish of dealing with my closest friend's deep concern that I was in tremendous error, etc, wore me out and I said I really needed to get back to her on the saints . . . I found so much great information, clearly organized and credible, as usual, organized by YOU, and I am referring her to some of these articles which I do feel explain things more clearly than I can in a defensive or emotional state. I am so thankful you have done all this research and work, I also teach RCIA and a Bible study in our parish (much easier for me to work with/concentrate with people who aren't in a critical mode!) and I know I will be referring so many people here. God bless you!!! I know He will! What a ministry!!!!! From the bottom of my heart, thanks.
Catholic laywoman, 6-27-99
I'm a 17-year old Catholic, and I just wanted to say thank you for your great website! I love it! I'm a convert, and your website has helped me greatly in defending my Catholic beliefs (as well as Christian beliefs in general). I have to say you're my favorite Catholic apologist. I love how you use so much Scripture and logic in your papers. And one thing I especially like is how you are ecumenical as well! . . . Thank you for your awesome site!
Catholic layman, 6-30-99
As for some students who are spending a summer in Oxford, most of the material we have drawn from the net has been from the links on your page, especially those concerning Newman, Chesterton, and C. S. Lewis. Thanks for propagating our ideas and beliefs through your pages!
Catholic laywoman, 7-1-99
Thank you for a great site. As a cradle Catholic I never understood much of the theology. Thanks in part to your site, . . . I have begun reading theology and have taken an interest in the "intellectual" topics. Your hypothetical and actual discussions are very informative and easy to understand.
Catholic layman, 7-5-99
Your web page (and also Catholic Answers) has really brought me into a new dimension of my faith - the dimension of the mind married to the heart - and I have become my own budding apologist . . . So, I basically just wanted to thank you for your ministry: it is SO IMPORTANT! Catholics need to know what they believe and why! You're doing a great thing. Please continue to engage in fair, rational, even-handed and above all charitable dialogue with those who oppose you - this truly glorifies God and is witness to the Spirit of Christ at work. Don't give in to the urge to return insult for insult! I have read too many "apologetic dialogues" that have left me feeling saddened and discouraged because of the baseness of the interaction. Thanks Dave!
Catholic layman, 7-7-99
I spent over an hour romping around your website. Nice, very nice . . . Good stuff. Keep up the great work . . . To be perfectly candid, after seeing your website, I'm really interested in working with you more closely, especially if that would mean harnessing your rather remarkable cyber-talents . . .
I am really excited about the idea of having your web-site linked to the Missionaries of Faith . . . I look forward to staying in touch and working more closely together. Thanks again for the great work you're doing for Christ and His Church. No matter how long it's taken, the Lord clearly has you right where He wants you.
Dr. Scott Hahn, personal letters of 8-21-99 and 9-1-99
Dr. Hahn is arguably the preeminent and most well-known Catholic apologist today.
Keep up the good work. I am constantly sending people to your page to find answers for their questions and sources for their search.
Did you know that your website, and rightfully so, was one of the few websites to be listed in the new 2000 Catholic Almanac by Our Sunday Visitor? Thought you'd like to know. It's on page 578. [It] only has about 40 websites listed. Your is under the category: Catholic Megasites, Directories and Links. It then has your website name and address. Quite impressive, eh?
Steve Ray, 1-24-99 and 1-31-00
Author of "Crossing the Tiber" and "Upon this Rock" (Ignatius Press)
Conferences & Tapes thru St. Joseph Communications
Wow, Dave - the fountain just keeps gushing! You'll never know this side of
eternity just how many souls have been brought closer to the Kingdom and to the
fullness of the Faith through your efforts. I recommend your website frequently;
thanks for making it possible for me to put folks in touch with so much truth so
easily - all in one place! Just wanted to let you know I appreciate your labors of love . . .
Paul Thigpen, 1-31-00
Catholic apologist; story in Surprised by Truth.
Dave, I've just started reading your stuff and I think it has pulled me out
of an attraction to "traditionalism". I didn't even know there was even a
name for it. However I can now see the disobedience and hypocrisy in that way
of thinking . . . Thank you for your incredibly helpful dialogues.
Catholic layman, 2-1-00
Your website is fantastic. I normally don't read apologetic writing, but your articles go beyond the usual defensive, parochial style. Your boldness and frankness make for very engaging reading. You don't regard orthodoxy as something static . . ., but as something dynamic and alive. Because of the high value and original content of your site, I am listing it at my Ressourcement Page, http://ressourcement.aquaetignis.org. This page is devoted to the European spiritual and cultural renewal during the 1930s-1950s (leading up to Vatican II). Thank you for your work in maintaining your Biblical Defense of Catholicism page.
Fred Kaffenberger, 3-1-00
Thank you and God bless you for your splendid witness through your website.
God bless you in your indefatigable labors on behalf of the Faith! Only God
knows how many lives your efforts have touched with the truth. May God
continually bless you and guide you and enable you eventually to give
yourself full-time to this essential ministry. I can hardly imagine how
much more you would do than you now do if you were a full-time apologist!
Fr. Ray Ryland, 3-30-00 and 8-20-99
Catholic apologist, connected with Catholic Answers, The Coming Home Network, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Because yours is probably the best and most comprehensive apologetics page on the web, I have placed it as a featured link on TCR's front page as "apologetics". I hope this will help drive even more traffic to your already highly regarded site, and that many will be helped and consoled as a result of contact with your hard work.
Stephen Hand, 4-6-00
Webmaster, Traditional Catholic Reflections & Reports
You have a great site. I cannot tell you enough how much it and your
writings have helped in my journey back into the Catholic Church. I
am a revert, and have been back in the Church for about a year now.
Catholic laywoman, 8-16-00
Thank you for your wonderful site! In brief, I was raised Catholic, but
drifted away when I went to college. But thanks to the many great Catholic
apologetics sites on the WWW, I have returned to the Church as a full member.
Needless to say, the very broad and deep resources on your site played a
major role in getting all this straightened out. So, thanks again for your
help, and I will continue to drink from this marvelous well you have dug.
The important thing is that I add to the chorus you hear from every day
that lets you know just how great a job you are doing so you have the
encouragement to keep going. I really don't know how you do it. Just keep
Catholic layman and "revert", 8-23-00
I just wanted to take a moment to commend you on your site. I have found it extremely informative and appreciate the way you have presented your arguments, even under the scrutiny of others. I was born and raised Catholic (I am 18 now) but, not until recently (last couple years) have I really striven to understand the teachings of the church. Which, I admit, is/was a poor choice. However, I just wanted to say that your site has made a difference to me. It has helped me with my knowledge of basic theology and helped me fend off attacks from non-Catholic peers. In closing, I just wanted to thank you and tell you how much I have enjoyed and appreciated what you have done with this site; it has been a great help to me.
Catholic layman, 9-2-00
Thanks again for all your help. I found your website about 6 months ago and
have been reading a lot of your writings, which have been instrumental in my
conversion and in my understanding of Catholic doctrine.
Catholic layman (catechumen), 9-9-00
Thanks for the absolute best Catholic apologetics site on the planet! Praise
be to God for the quantity and quality of material you make available through
Catholic layman, 9-10-00
Let me just say again what a lovely site you've created. Way to go!
If you want to know, I think you have one of the best sites on the web. It's so amazingly thorough I'm dazzled (double dazzled, now that I know how much time it takes) at the incredible work you've put into it! Way to go! May God continue to bless the work of your hands, friend.
Mark Shea, 10-3-00, 9-3-01
Catholic apologist and author of By What Authority? and other books.
I just want to let you know that I consider your website to be the best Catholic resource on the web. The amount of information you provide is extensive and well arranged making for easy access - I really do appreciate all the time and effort you put into it. A very close friend of mine recently became a Catholic (last Easter in fact). He was previously Youth Minister in a Baptist Church - so his journey to the Catholic Church entailed many questions/study about the Church. Being able to draw on your resources helped me to answer the many questions he had, as well as deepening my own personal understanding of our glorious and holy Catholic faith. For this I would like to thank you deeply.
Catholic layman, 10-9-00
Please know how much I appreciate your Biblical Evidence Site. Undoubtedly a labor of love for Jesus and the Church and it shows. Keep up your fine work. With a sincere promise of a remembrance in my prayers,
Fr. Ron Vierling, 10-17-00
Webmaster of The Internet Padre
Please accept my humble congratulations for your site and your apologetical work concerning the defense of the Faith. It is not a small duty, and such a tremendous work you are [doing], as far as I can judge, proudly, honestly and with the utmost elegance and charity.
Catholic layman, 10-24-00
I was just clicking along looking for good "Catholic" web sites, . . . when I just happened along to yours . . . all I could say is "Oh my God." What had opened up before my eyes was a mountainful of Catholic information. I couldn't believe what was before me. I felt like a kid in a candy store staring at all the information there. I thought to myself that this is a one stop shopping store for all the information a Catholic could want. Anyway, I am spending hours researching your web site and I am in seventh heaven. Couldn't be any happier. After all the Catholic web sites I have gone too, yours is the best, thorough, comprehensive and most informative . . . Yes, when I need some information, I know where I'll be coming. I will be right here at this site, delving through all the material here and having a ball.
Catholic layman, 12-18-00
I simply wanted to say thanks for the VOLUMINOUS wealth of information on your site . . . Your site was (and is) one of the strongest sources of information for me. This is due in large part to the due diligence you pay to going to the source for information, striving for clarity and adherence toapproved (or should I say "Traditional" or "Orthodox") materials and theology. What always amazes me on your site is the thoroughness of information. I often have to stop in the middle of an article to follow a link to a new page that teaches me something else that is quite compelling. You do a very good job with your links.
Catholic layman, 1-1-01
I want you to know first of all that your web site is just amazing. You top my list of apologetics sources, right up there with Pat Madrid's writings (Pope Fiction and Envoy magazine, especially) and Rev. William G. Most . . . Thank you so much for all the work you've done putting this site together; you are truly doing the work of God.
Catholic layman (18 years old), 1-11-01
I'm writing this brief note to tell you how impressed I am with your
website, and have been for some time. I find your articles quite lucid and
logically sound, and refer to them often. I only wish I had the
evangelical zeal I once had, which you so clearly demonstrate . . .
I had been very fortunate in the past to encounter in person the major
apologetical luminaries: Thomas Howard, Dr. Scott Hahn, Patrick Madrid, and
I look forward to the day when I can add another "notch to the cord"
someday (meaning you).
Franciscan Brother (OFM), 1-21-01
I thank God for the talents he has given you and thus to the Church . . . I live
in Australia and many of my friends, both Catholic and Protestant, make use
of the extensive theological resources you that offer on your website).
Catholic layman (Australia), 1-23-01
Lately, a few relatives of mine who were Catholics and now belong to the Assemblies
of God Church, have been bombarding me with anti-Catholic comments. I was starting to doubt Catholicism & almost converted to "Biblical Christianity." I'm learning a lot about my Catholic faith through your web site . . . BRAVO !!! You're providing the church with a great service.
Catholic layman, 1-23-01
I think [your website] is the best one I've seen, both for the amount of material available
to someone seeking apologetics, and to the quality of the links. Every time I do a web search for pertinent sites, I always get frustrated and end up returning to your page. I think you've done a great job on it, on your own essays, and in acting as a clearing house and one-stop site for essential
Catholic layman, 2-20-01
No one until I stumbled across your site has been able to give the clear, nearly objective answers to questions concerning the Church's role and accountability in stopping and (sadly) propagating human misery and suffering . . . Either I have been told I am a monster in a Church of humanity's worst monsters, or I have been given a mantra of "don't question" . . . I remind you that what you do as an apologist is important, and not in some ivory tower exchange with "The Big Bad Liberals" across the fence. It matters because it reaches and satiates and renews the inquisitive such as myself . . . Thanks again for what you do. It is reaching people, even the young.
Catholic layman (20 years old), 4-29-01
I stumbled upon your website today . . . I truly admire [your] Socratic method of
philosophical discourse . . . I would like to compliment you on the lucidity of your
arguments. They are refreshing, not only scripturally based, but intellectually based, seemingly free of the sentimentalism (although well-intentioned) that bogs down the discussions of most amateur apologists (my mom, my CCD teachers as a child, etc etc.) . . . Its an entirely different [thing] when you can back up the Catholic Church as Truth . . . with a wealth of intellectual, historical and real-world facts, precedents and examples. I look forward to reading your books and delving more into your arguments.
Catholic layman, 7-6-01
. . . how great an influence you and your webpage has been . . . I had been desperately trying to convert my Catholic friends . . . I could generally beat them in argument, but in my fervor to do more and more research I came across your webpage, along with some others. I read just about every single word on your webpage, and, long story short, I was received into the Catholic Church Easter 2000 . . . I really think that your writings were absolutely instramental in my conversion. Your words struck me as utterly logical, and often you frame things in the same way I would if I were making an argument, although often you have a ton more knowledge to back up that reasoning that I have. The only other person I can say had as much influence as you was the Blessed Virgin Mary, but her proseltyzing was more subtle.
Catholic layman (convert), 7-24-01
Your website is excellent. Indeed, I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church this past Easter by Theodore Cardinal McCarrick in large part because of your wonderful apologetic enterprise. Thank you so much.
Catholic layman (convert), 8-13-01
I've just started engaging non-Catholics on the Internet . . . As a budding apologist, this is a goldmine. I'm not sure I have enough life in me to read it all, but I'll try. Thanks for all your efforts.
Catholic layman, 8-19-01
Over the past two years I have been a devoted visitor of your site., I have watched your site grow and grow, and bring more people (like myself) to the Faith. Now you are publishing your book, and winning even more people. I tip my hat to you, sir.
Catholic layman (convert), 9-2-01
I'm a Catholic Contemporary Christian Music artist. Before coming to the
Lord, I co-starred in movies for Paramount, Columbia Pictures, was a lead in
the US National Tour of "Cats" etc... Now I sing for the Lord. I love my
Catholic Church and am very active. But being a Christian contemporary
artist, I find myself forever playing at evangelical organised Christian
music events and TV shows. So it has been helpful to have your apologetics
articles to keep me firm in my faith and calmly respond to the occasional
radical evangelical who can't understand how any real Christian could be
Catholic. Thanks for your work to keep me safe.
Catholic layman, 9-2-01
I belong to a Bible class that is made up of fundamentalists. I'm the only Catholic. You have made my job so much easier with your quality material to dispel the myths and damaging propaganda that is circulating around Christian circles of today about the Catholic Church. I truly did not know the hate for Catholics until I joined this class. Again thanks very much for your hard work and unwaning determination to get the truth out.
Catholic layman (New Zealand), 9-3-01
I wanted to thank you for the enormous work that you've done in putting together your website! I have referred many people to it; I call it the "Wal-Mart supercenter" of Catholic apologetics (I hope you don't mind that analogy). I wanted you to know that your work has been a great aid in my decision to become Catholic (from a Baptist background).
Catholic laywoman (convert), 9-21-01
I just want to commend you on your website. It gives an understandable and excellent explanation of Catholic doctrine.
Catholic laywoman, 10-5-01
I am a Catholic priest in Canada. I want to thank you for your wonderful website. You are a great gift to the Church. You present arguments well, have great insight, and are enthusiastic about defending the faith. It needs defending. We are being attacked by everyone and sadly, for years, we just took it under a misconceived notion of ecumenism and openness to the world. Internally we have suffered tremendous defections and dissent. Now God is sending us great apologists to fight the good fight. I am so glad you have addressed the Orthodox Church's claims and criticism. No one else does! I have been looking for refutations for years. Your links are also excellent . . . God bless your work. God bless your family. And I'll be looking forward to the publication of your book.
Catholic priest, 10-13-01
I am a Catholic priest, studying the Biblical sciences at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, now. I have seen your web page, and very often I return back to read the wonderful articles, very well based. Since in my land, in Slovakia, after the fall of communism, an invasion of hundreds of sects, cults and "churches" have come from America, we are not very well prepared to answer to all of these. We even wonder who is who. We are now, after Communism, 73% Catholics (both Latin and Greek), some 10% protestants (Lutherans, Calvinists). Some are very agressive. They enter our parishes, without asking the priest, . . . and then they start to attack our faith . . . Your web page is an excellent means to defend the faith we inherited from Sts. Cyril and Methodius in 863. Dear Dave, I use your articles in the dialogues (even with our Slavic Orthodox, who are under the Patriarchate of Moscow, but at the same time very influenced by the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia) . . . I want to ask you, could you permit me to make the translation of your web page into my Slovak language (possibly as a mirror site)?. My language is intelligible for Czechs and Poles also. It would be a great thing.
Catholic priest, 11-8-01
I am a college student . . . I have decided to join the Catholic Church . . . The materials on your website helped me along immensely, as did your recommendation of Cardinal Newman.
Catholic layman (convert) 11-9-01
Only a simple note to thank you for your website,
which has been of great use to me in my theological
studies, in preparation for the Priesthood. I never
have to worry about the content of any of the essays I
read and quote from (never plagiarise!). Keep up the
good work. Your work, your family and yourself are in
my prayers, and especially in my intentions during the
upcoming Novena to the Immaculate Conception, which
our Order (the Friars Minor Conventual) prays every year.
Franciscan friar and future priest, 11-13-01
Your web page has been the most instrumental cause of my spiritual and apologetical formation and I would not have the knowledge I have now about Christ and His Church if it weren't for your invaluable works.
Catholic layman, 11-29-01
Your work has aided me a great deal . . . I think your work is phenomenal, and I pray that God helps you in it always. May God bless you and your family, and may He bless your ministry even more than He already has.
Catholic layman, 11-29-01
I have been a regular visitor to your web site for over two years now. I have used it as my primary source on information on Catholicism, and because of it, I am now attending RCIA sessions. I have bought your first book and am waiting for the next to come out. I have found it to be a very useful learning tool.
Catholic layman (recent convert), 11-29-01
I have been inspired by your writings and you have been instrumental in my decision to join the holy Catholic Church . . . I found your website and found many of my own thoughts out in the open...on the net. And it was a great relief. Reading more and more I began to see the truth in the Catholic Church and now I'm coming home...my greatest thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Catholic layman ("revert"), 11-29-01
One of the great blessings in my life has been your website, where I have spent hour upon grace-filled hour. It would be a very great personal loss to find it no longer available.
Catholic laywoman, 12-2-01
I feel like I know you . . . You have brought me back, and by extension, many others with whom I have taught with your information. You have been an instrument of Christ in my life, and I thought you should know.
Catholic layman ("revert"), 12-6-01
Many a time I have begun to type a laudatory missive extolling the virtues of your prose,
your logic, your Christian charity, and, above all, your apologetic mastery. But in fear of
sounding like an adulating sycophant with a propensity towards using polysyllabic words,
which, I assure you, I am :-), I quickly deleted my efforts. However, I must let you know that anytime I have ever needed you, . . . you have been there for me. And now that I have an opportunity to somehow show my gratitude for your work, I am ready to be there for you, albeit nowhere near proportionally, for I could never truly repay my debt for your labors.
Catholic layman, 12-7-01
I regularly visit your web site and it was the first Catholic site that I logged onto and it
remains my favourite. It has exposed to me Catholic apologetics for the first time as a structured,comprehensive, and rational defense of the faith . . . Keep up the good work; it is making a difference.
Catholic layman, 12-8-01
Your website has helped me immensely, and any amount of money could never repay my debt to you. Your writing and exegesis was instrumental in my conversion to the faith (I will be confirmed this Easter!).
Catholic layman (convert), 12-10-01
Your website helped me immensely while I was considering converting to the Church.
Catholic layman (convert), 12-10-01
I am no longer greatly troubled with "Protestant doubts" to my Catholic faith, but that was not always the case. Your website helped me through some pretty tough times, and your well-researched and well-documented papers were always helpful. I used to visit your site several times a day. And, to this day, your site is the link to the world of my heroes C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.
Catholic layman, 12-12-01
I have recently reverted back to the Catholic church, and much of the intellectual conversion was a direct result of your web pages (of course, we both know that God was involved, too...). I can't thank you enough for the posting of so many thoughtful papers and interactions that you have made available on your site.
Catholic layman and "revert", 12-14-01
I just wanted to let you know that partially as a result of your strong witness for His Church, I and my family (wife, who was RC and became an Evangelical before we ever met, and two daughters aged 7 and 10) are going to be received into the Church this Easter, God willing. Her parents, both staunch Catholics from the Emerald Isle, are extremely happy about this as well as many of her relatives who have been praying for us.
Catholic layman (convert), 12-24-01
I have long considered it a terrible case of injustice that you are not a full-time apologist and writer, properly compensated for the fruit of your talents. Your writing is lucid and your thinking is first-class - honest and undeniable. You have a definite gift for making the case for truth plain and easy to see in any argument. On a personal level, your writings were very instrumental in my conversion. When I first felt leanings towards the Church, I came across your web site and was immediately absorbed. It was not long before I became convinced of the Catholic position. Also, your writings were a comfort after my wife and I were broadsided by the modernism and liberalism which plagues the Church today. Later, you helped me work through the controversies over Vatican II. And your web site has been a huge resource and help for me during debates with Protestant friends . . . My family and I have benefited so much from your writing, that it would be criminal for us not to support you.
Catholic layman (convert), 12-26-01
Thank you for your extensive research and work done on behalf of our faith. Your work was instrumental in my reversion from Evangelicalism. Without your website I wouldn't have had any clear understanding of the differences and errors inherent in Evangelicalism.
Catholic layman and "revert", 12-28-01
I struggled for a bit with my faith, questioning Catholicism, . . . along the way, I found your site, fell into it, read I don't know how much of your work, all of it, edifying, all of it, opening my eyes time and again. You turned me onto Chesterton! I wonder if you know how much your work . . . has influenced others - and in a very positive way.... So, my friend, thanks very much for your work. I do feel from your site that I know you in some way . . . funny, I feel almost "big sisterly" towards you! God is good!
Catholic laywoman and missionary, 4-24-02
I . . . just discovered your website. Honestly, you guys - Scott, Marcus, etc., etc. - are the best thing that's happened to the Church in a very long time - here just in time to support those who will look and listen during this time of trial. God is going to purify His Church, and He's using the infuriating, godless secular media to do it - no angel of Light, but a handy instrument to bring us to our knees. Thank You, Jesus! God bless the work!
Catholic Franciscan Friar, 5-30-02
I have just visited your website after seeing your article in Envoy. Thanks for what you are doing for the Catholic Faith. Converts seem to have more 'fire' in them . . . The Pope said that one day there will be a new springtime for the Church and - I feel - it will be partly due to yourself and people like you.
I am reading your first electronic book A Biblical Defense of Catholicism and I find it very informative and helpful, answering some mental queries. It seems to me that it is the converts who defend the Church with a vengeance . . . just an encouragement for you and your work. The details are very well researched.
Catholic priest, 6-7-02 and 6-16-02
I really want to thank you for helping bring me back to the Church. I had been away from the Church for 19 years . . . During that time I was involved in the New Age, Buddhism, the Episcopalian church, and even the occult . . . In March 2001 I started frequenting your site and read many of the articles. Shortly after that I went to confession and started changing my life. I am now a practicing Catholic, following all the Catholic teachings, including Natural Family Planning.
Catholic laywoman and "revert", 7-29-02
I love all your writings. Your website is awesome . . . I am a cradle Catholic; never left the Church, but lived as a cafeteria Catholic for years. I am now back on track. Thanks for all you have done for me personally.
Catholic layman and physician, 8-12-02
Just wanted to take a second to thank you for the tremendous resource your website has provided for me in my attempts to evangelize the Catholic faith. You never fail to have the answers I'm looking for. Also, I consider your "My Respect for Protestants" a model [for] how we (as Christians) should be conducting ourselves towards each other, as apologetics so frequently degrade into stone throwing.
Catholic layman, 9-15-02
You may be interested to know that on 1st of December this year I intend (God willing) to be received into the Catholic Church ( technically speaking I intend to be reconciled to the Catholic Church, as I am a Protestant Christian ) This is due in no small part to an extensive perusal of your site!
Catholic convert, 11-19-02
I ran across your website while doing some research for our RCIA class this morning before Mass. I am teaching RCIA classes on Marian Doctrine and The Communion of Saints this month. I am anxious to receive your materials! [she ordered all eight of my books in Microsoft Word 97 format]
Catholic laywoman, 12-29-02
If there is a site that deserves the title of "mother of all
voluntary sites" it would have to be the incredible site
that has been put together by Dave Armstrong in Michigan.
Armstrong seems to have been around for as long as any of us
have been searching the internet for resources on Catholicism.
He has assembled over 1675 pages consuming some 4Mb of text
on just about every single Catholic thinker and question you can
name. Initially it was an entirely "love" commitment to the rest of
humanity but since December 2001 he's put his money, or more
likely his faith, where his mouth is and he now does this full-time
from his home and would seem to be almost entirely dependent
on the beneficence of God sending a few donations his way and a
bit of casual work to make it happen. He also supports a wife and
young family. This is commitment with a big "C". It is also
Catholicism with a big "C" as well but don't let that get in your
way. Armstrong describes himself as a "Catholic Apologist,
Evangelist and Author". This reviewer has not been convinced by
Dave, or anyone else, that tub-thumping evangelism and
apologetics is going to "re-evangelise" the Western world but
that is not to diminish the incredible contribution this man has
made for Catholics, indeed Christians, of all political and
theological persuasions by the resource that he has assembled in
the lounge-room of his own home. One suspects the tribute
ought to be paid to his wife as much as to Dave for what she
must have to put up with in a man as dedicated as this. If you
want to be "blown away" looking at the commitment of an
ordinary bloke who really does live his beliefs make sure you visit
this website at least once in your lifetime. It can be virtually
guaranteed you will learn at least one thing about your faith that
you never knew before.
Website Review by Brian Coyne for CathNews - A service of Church Resources on 6 January 2003.
I and my wife entered the Catholic Church a year ago, and your website was part of that. It was particularly useful after we announced our decision to my wife's staunchly Protestant family.
Catholic layman, 1-22-03
I just wanted to write you to tell you what a help your web-site has been to me on my journey of faith . . . I thought I had already arrived at the truth in the Eastern Orthodox Church. I was Chrismated 8 years ago at eleven years of age, and have been a devout follower ever since . . . One of the issues that prompted my questioning was contraception; reading your section on this issue, and few other moral issues, I realized this issue in particular was no minor, "just-between-you-and-the-priest", kind of thing. What was wrong for roughly two thousand years, is equally wrong today . . . Your web-site helped me to learn the TRUTH of the Catholic faith, and dispel any falsehoods I held concerning it, particularly in regards to the Holy Father, (God bless him!) . . . I just wanted to thank you for all the work you are doing on behalf of the Church, and let you know that God used you to help me see.
Former Orthodox, now Catholic laywoman, 4-26-03
I am a recent convert to Catholicism from Protestantism (just last week at the Easter Vigil, actually) and I wanted to thank you. One of the first things I read when I began my investigation into the Catholic faith back in August of 2002 was your article 150 Reasons Why I am a Catholic, and I found it very intriguing and inspiring. It definitely encouraged me to read more articles and books about Catholicism. So, once again, I wanted to say thank you, and I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
Former Protestant, now Catholic layman, 4-27-03
I have to tell you, I do so admire the work you do. I can assure you, your work is touching thousands upon thousands of lives - and has been for years. Anyone - without exception - who's even marginally involved in apologetics uses your website extensively. At least that's been my experience. And the [first] two books of yours I've read are exquisitely reasoned and deeply insightful. Whats' even more impressive is that your love for this glorious faith is palpable. I can honestly say there is no one involved in evangelism and apologetics whom I admire more than you. And I don't say that lightly. I know our gracious Lord must hold you in great esteem as one of his most loyal and determined children - otherwise your cross would be less weighty. We should all be doing more to support good and necessary work like yours - yours in particular. And again, thanks for your wonderful work - and for not giving up. What you do is so necessary and so valuable.
Catholic layman, 5-16-03
I was brought up within the Catholic faith but at 17 I left the Catholic Church to join Protestant churches. I came back to the Catholic Church in 2000, fully convinced of its Truth and of its historicity. I left the Catholic Church for a full 15 years before coming back to it. When I decided to join Protestant churches at 17, I was almost totally ignorant of the faith of my upbringing.
. . . There was a point where I was so fundamentalist (Protestant evangelical) that I was totally anti-Catholic without even knowing why! (Like many ex-Catholics, unfortunately) I met and married my husband as a Protestant and both of us were even ordained pastors in one of the Protestant churches. My husband was brought up Catholic as well.
My husband fell ill during our ministry and we had to leave. After many trials and tribulations and disappointments and mental tiredness, my husband and I really didn't go to church anymore. We had lost interest completely and for a few years we went to church very rarely. During those times, I lost my mother to cancer and this really got me thinking.
. . . I started becoming hungry to find out about the Catholic Church. I had the Internet at the time, so I went in the search engine and typed 'Catholic Church' and came upon a most fabulous and exhaustive website on the Catholic faith Biblical Evidence for Catholicsm! It answered all my questions! I was soooo happy while discovering the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith I would cry while reading the hundreds of articles!!!
Then I went to Mass one Sunday morning (on Palm Sunday 2000) after 15 years' absence. I was just soooo moved during Mass, it was incredible. I cried during the whole Mass, . . . My husband became curious of the Catholic faith and would ask me what I had read on the wonderful website. Two months after I had started going to Mass, he joined me. The Holy Spirit was working in both of us at the same time!
I think I’ve said enough for now but I can tell you that TV and the Internet have been useful tools to bring me back to the Catholic Church! So Pope John Paul II’s new evangelism tactics are very powerful! (and inspired by the Holy Spirit!)
Catholic convert laywoman, posted 7-20-03 on the Catholic Online Internet Discussion Board, See: http://forum.catholic.org/viewtopic.php?t=8778&highlight
I used your site a great deal in converting to the church, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your work. There is a real mine of information here, and many people owe you a debt for that.
Catholic convert, 8-13-03
About two-and-a-half years ago, while I was still in college, I first visited your site out of curiosity concerning how in the world Catholics defend their "unbiblical" doctrines. Because of a random search I came to your 150 Reasons Why I'm A Catholic page and needless to say I was shocked. The way you defended Catholic doctrine in short logical points with scriptural support sent me into a theological tailspin. I closed the browser quickly, but I was still left with those Bible verses and kept wondering how in the world I had missed the verses you pointed out. Well, after about two years of study, graduation, a move to Northern Michigan and lots of painful discoveries of inadequate Protestant interpretations and counter-arguments, I finally decided to join the Catholic Church. In fact, I will be starting RCIA next week thanks in large part to your web site (and, of course, God's grace). Once again thank you very much.
Former Protestant, soon-to-be-Catholic layman, 8-28-03
Your gift of Catholic apologetics has blessed me in more ways than I could ever express. More recently God has put several people in my life who have been misinformed about the Church and I felt completely lost and overwhelmed as I saw them somewhat open and looking to me for answers. My boyfriend, who is probably your biggest "fan" then strongly recommended I check out your websites where I now feel equipped to reasearch, study, learn (for myself) and defend my faith when given the great privilege.
Catholic laywoman, 9-4-03
It occurred to me that I needed to stop and just tell you thank you, thank you, thank you, and God bless you, God bless you, God bless you - for your service to the Body of Christ. I've said before that I owe my conversion in large part to your website. You've blessed me and my family so much. I only wish I could offer you something more besides kind words and prayers.
Catholic layman and convert (from Worldwide Church of God), 9-9-03
I just wanted to say thank you for the work you do. I wish I had the money to give to you to support your work, but we starving students are pressed as is. I've found your first two books to be extremely useful in my own apologetic endeavours, and they have been among some of the most worthwhile purchases I've made in recent memory. I pray that God gives you the strength to keep up such good work. It has been a great resource and an inspiration. I look forward to purchasing your other books when they become available in print. Thank you again, so much.
Catholic layman, 9-22-03
It is impossible to tell you how much I appreciate your labor.
Catholic layman, 9-26-03
I am so incredibly thankful to see someone who is not afraid to stick it those who would believe that the Roman Catholic Church is not a sound institution. I myself am studying for the Catholic Priesthood, and have very much enjoyed your writings about pre-Lutheran vernacular Bibles - it's a comfort to know that someone has taken the time to do the research instead of just perpetuating the myth that Martin Luther was the first to write a Bible in German.
Catholic seminarian, 10-7-03
I would like to congratulate you for a very informative website. The list of Catholic and Christian resources you have included here is exhaustive and if I may add, awesome. I have referred to it on many occasions in the past . . . I find it to be an invaluable guide and I am sure that many others also do. I truly appreciate the ideas and work you have put into this web site.
Catholic layman, 10-13-03
Thank you for your site; it has been a great help to me in coming into the True Faith.
Catholic layman, 10-13-03
While reading a review on Fr. John Hardon's Lifetime Reading Plan I hot-linked over to a Fr. Hardon website. From there I linked over to your website. I could not let this day pass away without telling you how deeply impressed I am with your scholarship and your technical proficiency. It is the finest website of its type that I have ever seen. It is marked in my Favorites and will be used a constant resource from now on. Thank you so much for your work on this.
Catholic layman, 11-5-03
I wanted to tell you that I am now a Catholic, as of a Nov 11th. It mostly due, in order of impact, to 1) your amazing website, 2) the Coming Home Network, and 3) Scott Hahn's conversion story. Thank you so much for all you do. Your wonderful website had just a huge influence on me during my journey to the Church, which lasted 14 months. I really can't thank you enough for your apostolate. God is doing great works through you. Thanks again for your website. I absolutely love it, and tell everyone about it. Your website helped to make a Catholic out of me, and for that I will be forever grateful to you.
Catholic convert laywoman, 11-17-03
From December 2002:
Your website, however, along with CatholicAnswers.net, have been extremely helpful, and I thank you for that. And since your website has been so useful so far, I've decided to go ahead and get your books in word document format . . . for my own searching as well as to share information with my other Christian (some of whom are very anti-Catholic) and non-Christian friends . . . I just want to let you know that you are doing an amazing job and I look forward to seeing more of the work you do to the glory of the Lord. God bless and grace be with you.On April 19 2003 during the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Thomas More University Parish in Bowling Green, Ohio I was received into the Catholic Church!!! Thanks again so much for letting God use you to help me along the way to where I am now! Your website, your books, and your links and references were probably the most significant resources in pointing me to the truths of the Catholic Church. I've gotta tell you, I never would have imagined a year ago having as amazing an experience as I am being a Catholic Christian. There are so many incredible things that God has revealed to me through the His true Church, and there's more and more that keeps coming. The Church is so, so rich, of course because God is so, so rich! I'd tell you my wonderful experience in detail, but that would make this email much, much longer than it's already going to be.
In closing, I just want to thank you again for the work you are doing to the glory of God. He has used it to make a huge impact on my life, and countless others I'm sure. Since conversion, I've tried to make the most of your website and resources, sharing them whenever I can with my new Catholic friends, as well as my Protestant and non-Christian friends. Thanks again Dave for everything that you've done! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!!!
20-year-old Catholic convert layman, 12-2-03
Last week I saw the The Catholic Answer Bible for the first time. It was fantastic! What a great idea! Thank you for your work and your witness. I have read Surprised by Truth about six times and have given away too many copies to count. Surprised was pivotal in my turning away from "cafeteria Catholicism." Again, thank you for your witness.
Catholic laywoman, 12-4-03
I have greatly enjoyed reading your website when I have time. It is simply unparalleled on the web. My wife and I were received in 2002 into the Catholic Church (formerly Southern Baptist), and your writings (including the Surprised by Truth testimony) have been a great inspiration to me, and VERY educational. Although I am not able to contribute monetarily at this moment, (I hope to in the future) I will commit to praying regularly for your apostolate. The email updates will be a great reminder for me to do that.
Catholic convert layman, 12-10-03
I highly appreciate your great efforts, amazing scholarship and enthusiasm to defend our Catholic faith against heresies. [You have a] keen and logical mind . . .
Catholic layman and professor of religious studies in the Philippines, 12-12-03
Thank you so much for your website, as I recently had to make a good deal of use of two of your articles Dialogue: Should the Pope Kiss The Koran?, and Are All Catholic Laymen and Non-Theologians Qualified to Freely and Frequently Criticize the Pope's Opinions and Prudential Judgment?. Recently though, in speaking with my friends, I had come to notice an underlying tone of traditionalism in our conversations. That's where you came in. Mention was made of the "Koran" incident, and some of these people were quite upset. I assured my friends that I firmly trusted the Holy Father and that if he did do such a thing - then I completely trusted his reasons for doing what he did. I was able to find your two articles that I had mentioned above, and WOW - did you explain things wonderfully! I immediately e-mailed the links to these articles on to my friends, anxiously anticipating their approval. Well, to say the least - that's not what happened. Instead of debating them myself, I said that every one of their questions were clearly addressed and answered in those two articles. With this, some of these people became curt, challenging and extremely defensive. I was asked to no longer address them on these issues (ever), and to stop mentioning your name!
Mr. Armstrong, thank you for having taken the time to put up your website, and to including those articles within. I agreed vehemently with every single point that you made. Every one! Your reasoning is clear, concise and totally in line with the teachings of Mother Church. Thanks again for not making me feel like I was all alone in desiring to be lovingly obedient to the Holy Father. Call me deaf, dumb and blind, but for me - there's no other way. In the near future, I will be offering whatever little bit that I can towards your support. You obviously deserve it!
Catholic layman, 1-7-04
Dave's Biblical Defense of Catholicism web site and his friendship were among the factors that helped my inquiry and my eventual Tiber crossing. I can testify to his friendship with non-Catholic Christians personally; we built a good friendship when I was Anglican. He has always treated me with respect, never was he arrogant, triumphalistic or anything like that.
Catholic layman and convert from Anglicanism, 1-30-04
(writing on Patrick Madrid's Envoy blog)
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your site and your hard work. I just read all the attacks on your blog. You must be doing something right to touch so many nerves. Your website has been invaluable to my journey into the Church. I am to be received this April. Your website was the first Catholic apologetics material I ever read. Without sounding like I'm kissing up, thank you for being so detailed and deep. Many other apologists are too simplistic to get to the roots. You get to the root of error and axe it. Continue in your humble spirit and love for Christ and love for your separated brethren, it is so refreshing. I will support you by buying books and probably donations down the road.
Catholic layman and convert, 2-11-04
I wanted to send a short letter of thanks for the work that you do. I just became a Catholic at Easter Vigil, after growing up as a Pentecostal in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, and much of my decision, and the information for that decision, was from your website. So thank you for, as you say, taking the stumbling blocks out of my way.
Catholic layman and convert, 4-18-04
Thanks for your great work. Your website was instrumental in my family's conversion to the Church. We have begun sending your apostolate a monthly check.
Catholic layman and convert, 4-22-04
Your writing has helped me in many ways, more than I can count. Part of my own work here in my parish is to help people connect more fully with their Catholic faith through a renewal program and through RCIA. The information on your site has been of immeasurable value in those efforts. I am so encouraged when I see people embrace their faith more fully, and get excited about orthodox Catholicism. (GKC was right on the money!) You have helped me help them through your website and blog. If your books provide a similar measure of help (and I'm sure they will) I will gladly recommend them to others. It is a LOT of information! Sometimes your work is frustrating, I know. Please take this as a note of encouragement, for what it's worth. You ARE making a difference.
Catholic layman, 4-26-04
Thanks for all of the good work you have done! I have found your website extremely helpful: both your own personal writings (which have taught me, not simply great apologetics arguments, but even better, how to conduct dialogues in the most charitable way possible), as well as the extensive links on your website . . . I have made your website my homepage. I wish I could be a monthly contributor to help you out; however, unfortunately, I am only able to make a one-time donation.
Catholic layman, 5-11-04
The following unsolicited comments were from 14 different people in a single thread on the Catholic Answers Forums (Discussion Boards); dated June 22-23, 2004:
"Has anyone ever heard of Dave Armstrong?"
He is a convert (reconciled?) to Catholicism and I found a brochure written by him at church this week on the 10 questions most asked of Catholics. His web site has 150 reasons why he is Catholic. Pretty good stuff.
I don't know anything about him, but I have visited his site. I agree that he has some great information, particularly for protestants converting, or thinking of converting, to Catholicism. He seems to have a pretty well formed faith. I wish that I was catechised as well as he seems to have been...
I learned a lot from his website.
Yes a very nice guy . . . His website is chock full of helpfull info!
I've learned a lot from his website. He's very good in refuting non-catholics; specially anti-catholics like James White . . .
Dave is Awesome! Super Links Page is a must!
Dave Armstrong has an excellent website and has written two books that are very well done . . . I would recommend his books for anyone wanting to learn more about the faith. He has a good chapter on the Primacy of Peter.
Dave Armstrong's site is one of the best I have found on the internet. His site began my conversion process nine months ago, and here I am a Catholic. He uses a lot of Socratic logic in his arguments, and simply and clearly shows how sola scriptura is endlessly arbitrary and the need for ecclesial authority among many other discussions. His blog is also very good, but a little too much on James White at times. I would recommend this site to anyone interested in the Catholic Church.
Dave Armstrong's website was integral to my becoming RC. After attending a Catholic retreat with some of my Baptist friends, and attending a mass at a monastery, I became very interested in the Catholic Faith. I used his website to study things like Marian doctrines and the Eucharist - my main issues I had to deal with before attending RCIA. I began attending RCIA after studying the Catholic faith for two years. When I was beginning to attend RCIA, I told one of my dear Baptist friends. She cried, I cried, and she told me that when I was studying the Catholic faith to stick with the Bible. Dave helped me do just that with his website, and now I am a Catholic today!! If you haven't checked his website - please do so!!
Dave's website has also helped me a great deal. His articles answered many of my questions and were instrumental in my conversion process from the Evangelical church. His Catholic knowledge, reason and logic are impeccable. A lot of converts like me have a great deal of admiration for him because he has taken so much time and made such a wonderful effort to spread the Truth of the Catholic Church. Many thanks and kudos Dave!!
A FIRST CLASS APOLOGIST!!!
Here's another vote for Dave Armstrong. Dave Armstrong's award-winning website is the best on the Net! If all Catholics could know as much as Armstrong, and explain it as well as he does, not one would ever leave the Church and we could convert the world.
His books are in-depth and very readable. His website has many excellent articles.
Yes, Dave is awesome! I highly recommend his site and his books!
I respect so much of what you do. Hope to meet you in person some day.
Dr. Ray Guarendi, nationally-known author, family expert, and lecturer, 8-27-04
Here is a donation that I've wanted to make for some time! Thank you for your wonderful work. I cannot express what an incredible source your website has been for me and my family. We are huge fans. My husband is a convert (the brother of a Baptist minister) and I am a cradle Catholic. Your work has been so essential to our family's dometsic church! We truly appreciate the countless hours of work you spend defending the faith. Please keep up the good work!
Catholic laywoman, 4-18-05
Thanks so much for the tremendous work you do for the Church. You played a huge role in my leaving sedevacantism and extreme traditionalism. I was recommended to you by both Pete Vere and Jesse Romero.
Catholic layman, 5-2-05
Two threads on my blog (first | second), originally having to do with the average age of readers, provided an opportunity for commenters to say how they found my blog or website, and (as it turned out) how their conversion or recommitment to Catholicism was aided by my writings.
Various Catholics, May 2005
[Opinions on] Apologist Dave Armstrong? (thread on the Catholic Answers Apologetics Forum)
Various Catholics, June 2005
I am amazed at your output. It is due to converts like yourself and many others in the USA that I can realise even more fully that our Catholic Faith is eminently defensible and that we can hold our own in the intellectual world as well as be a tremendous consolation and help to those who are at the other end of the scale, namely those with a simple faith.
An Australian Catholic priest, 8-10-05
I think you are a tremendous apologist for our Faith. In fact, I find your knowledge to be encyclopedic. What a tremendous grace you have been given. I have remembered you several times at Mass. God bless you and your family.
A Catholic priest from Vermont, 11-22-05
Thank you so much for your Christian faithfulness. Having been raised in a protestant family and seeking God's Will for me, I have been led to the Catholic Church. Your testimony is helping me and your writing is providing much reassurance. I wanted to say thank you for all your work, and may God continue to bless you richly.
Catholic layman, 12-18-05
I am a Catholic living with a Baptist husband and inlaws. I have had a terrible time in the last few years since I started going back to Mass . . . My kids are excited and are happily anticipating their first communion this spring and I am happy for them since this is a huge step. Anyhow, I'm so glad I found you. I will be ordering some books. Thank you so much again. I can't wait until I have the tools to defend my faith and myself.
Catholic laywoman, 12-29-05
I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that Biblical Evidence for Catholicism is, or was, the best apologetics site on the web. That is, measured not by the regard other apologists have for it but by its evangelistic impact.
The apologetical material is excellent and contains both original work and the work of others . . . Not only does Mr. Armstrong cover a vast number of topics, all of the material is well-written and interesting . . . valuable resources . . . Very large collection of good Catholic links . . . Wide range of theological topics covered . . .
Todd Pellman, 1-16-06
[he wrote the latest (positive, except for navigational criticisms) review of my blog at the Catholic Culture site (2nd portion above is from the review) ]
[We] sent out our first check for monthly support to your ministry yesterday. We intended to begin sending regular support awhile back . . . I'm sure there are others like us who likewise have good intentions but the distractions and the business of life keep them from following through. The regular updates are really good reminders for those on your list of how much your work has impacted their journey. There's no better site for them to refer friends and family to when discussing the Catholic faith. I'm glad you include an update of the ministry's financial situation. The updates are also helpful to remind us to keep your family covered in prayer. Thank you again for your work!
Catholic laywoman (revert), 1-19-06
I am just beginning my reading of your writings, but they seem to be exactly what I was looking for. Keep up the good work!
Catholic (?) layman, 1-22-06
I began doing research. And I ended up where I thought I'd never end up in a million years - I decided today to become a full-fledged Catholic. And your apologetics had a lot to do with this. Thanks so much for enlightening me. I'm pleasantly surprised that God's grace has led me to the true church. I'm truly indebted to you.
Catholic laywoman (convert), 1-23-06
We are so grateful for your ministry and how the Lord has used the giftings He has given you to change our lives forever. We are now passing on the fruits of your work to our parish.
Catholic couple (convert and revert), 1-06
Thank you for your fine work on your websites. It is a blessing to the Church that there are souls like yourself that care enough to invest their lives in building His Kingdom.
Catholic layman, 2-1-06
Thank you so much for all your work. With your help, careful, prayerful, consideration of all the facts, and a whole lot of Grace, my wife and I will be going through the Rite of Election this coming March 5. Thanks again, and may God continue to bless you, your family, and your work.
Catholic layman (convert), 2-2-06
I have finally made the announcement publicly that my family and I have left Protestantism and are Catholic. Your ministry was (and is) instrumental in our growth in faith. Thank you.
Catholic layman (convert), 2-3-06
I just wanted to thank you for your work. I will be entering the Catholic Church this Easter Vigil (from a Protestant background.)
Catholic laywoman (convert), 3-6-06
I'm a sponsor in my parish's RCIA program and the group has gotten into some pretty heated debates on Catholic teaching. I always refer folks to your blog and library of articles to read for themselves how Catholics defend the many myths of our faith.
Thanks for being such a great reference source. It is also nice to know that this is not a hostile website that I'm referring friends to. They are able to see that charity is possible even if they disagree with the Catholic position.
Thank YOU for a wonderful teaching tool for the faithful and perhaps soon to be faithful!!
Catholic laywoman, 3-8-06
I think your stuff is great; I've read A Biblical Defense of Catholicism, and it's in the process of converting my Baptist girlfriend as we speak! Thanks so much for what you do.
Catholic layman, 3-10-06
It would be a great honor to have you attend my Ordination Mass. Your witness of the Catholic faith was an important part of my conversion. I will continue to thank God for the Spiritual direction you gave to me, and to pray that your ministry of apologetics will reach many inquiring souls.
George A Burns, now a Catholic priest (former Anglican priest), 3-19-06
I'm just a big fan of yours. I have many of your books. They have helped me return to the Church. Great stuff!
Catholic layman ("revert"), 5-5-06
Thanks for the [electronic] books. I am really looking forward to reading them. I wanted to let you know that your website was very helpful to me in my journey to the church. I was received into the church last month after five years of intense study and prayer. I was an evangelical campus minister before resigning that position due to my increasing Catholic convictions.
Catholic layman (convert), 5-7-06
I am writing to thank you for all of your hard work. Your articles have played a very important role in my recent conversion from Reformed Presbyterian to Catholic. I was received into the Church this past week . . . My e-mail dialogues with my pastor resulted in me being more convinced of the Catholic positions -and all of these exchanges were sent to the elders and other members of the church . . . Please, keep up the great work. It is probably hard for you to imagine just how important your role is in the Church.
Sincerely and with gratitude, [name]
Catholic layman (convert), 5-12-06
I recently was received into full communion with the Catholic Church after being an evangelical Protestant all my life, and your blog and apologetics writings were essential to me during the period in which I was examining the Church's teachings. Your site, more than any other resource, had clear, understandable defenses for Catholic doctrine and practices. In particular, you deserve the credit for my ultimate decision to join the Catholic Church rather than the Orthodox Church.
Catholic layman (convert), 6-26-06
This brief note is just to let you know that my wife and myself do appreciate A LOT your apologetics ministry, and we pray for you and your family. It is very clear that many times you have to cover yourself with supernatural grace to be able to deal with the unfortunate affairs that explode in the net. Just know that many, many people really love you and no matter what we stand by your side. God always bless you.
Catholic couple, 8-10-06
Very nice work. First time seeing your work. I am a Catholic and proud of it. I found your information to further edify my faith. Thanks for the info.
Catholic laywoman, 8-24-06
Keep up the good work! I was a campus minister for eight years before being received into the Church in April. Your website had a big influence in my coming to see the truth of the Catholic Church. May our gracious God continue to bless your apostolate.
Catholic layman (convert), 9-2-06
I love your books, love your site, love everything you do. God bless you in your work. I'm very grateful for all you've done, and for all you make available. If someone pitches a hard question at me, I go first to your site. Then I send the questioner directly to the page that best answers the question. I know it's going to be on your site. I pray your tribe may prosper.
Mike Aquilina, Catholic apologist; author of The Mass of the Early Christians and The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers, 9-4-06
I'm a big fan of yours. Keep up the wonderful work.
Catholic layman (convert), 9-5-06
I am currently going to RCIA and renewing my faith in the Catholic Church. I was raised Catholic but have been away for more years than I care to admit. I came across your website in the process of doing some research on questions I had and it has truly been a blessing. I now spend each day eating lunch at my desk just so I can visit your website and learn more about the faith I choose. And I am happy to say, thanks to God’s direction toward you to help me, it becomes stronger each day. I just wanted to thank you for all your work.
Catholic layman ("revert"), 9-20-06
Your apologetics ministry has been extremely influential to me over the past three years or so. Your irenic presentation coupled with your voluminous knowledge played no small part in my decision to convert to Catholicism from my former strongly Calvinist beliefs. Your works have helped me to better articulate the glorious truths of our holy Catholic faith.
Catholic layman (convert), 9-21-06
God bless you and your ministry. It was invaluable in helping me start an apologetics program at [my church].
Catholic layman 10-7-06
I've benefited greatly from many of your materials. You've done a great job of reclaiming the Scriptures as evidence for Catholicism. I'd be very glad to do what I can to contribute to your efforts. Please let me know where you think I might be of most use.
Dr. Robert C. Koons, Professor of Philosophy and Convert from Lutheranism, 5-23-07
I just want you to know how much your website has helped me understand the Catholic faith! I was Protestant, Pentecostal to be exact, so the transition into the CC was major!! Your biblical proofs have helped ground me in my faith. Anyways, thanks again for what you're doing! Please continue to keep up the good work Dave!!
Catholic laywoman, 5-5-08
Thank you so much for your website. I've been using it quite a bit lately in a discussion I'm having with Protestants. I also downloaded your books. They're great and an invaluable aid. Keep up the good work. May God richly bless you!!!!!
Catholic laywoman, 6-7-08
Thanks for the excellent books and the priceless work you do - we all owe people like you a huge debt. If our children are to be knowledgeable and strong in their faith and convictions it is in no small part due to the tireless dedication of people like yourself.
Catholic layman, 7-29-08
Thanks a lot for your website. Because of your work, the work of Peter Kreeft, and other Catholic apologists I am currently in the process of conversion from Baptist to Catholicism. My first RCIA class was last week.
Catholic layman, 10-8-08
. . . I recommended one of Dave Armstrong's books, saying that his blog was instrumental in bringing me into the Church.
Gregory Watson, Facebook, 6-9-13
As always, you prefer to find common ground, the things where Christians agree as much as you can, while acknowledging that there are differences and not shying away from those differences. That is is why several years of talking with you, reading your posts on your blog and forum, and your conduct was a factor in my crossing the Tiber.
Bret Bellamy, former Anglican, Facebook, 6-12-13
Back in the late 90's I used to stay up 1/2 the night reading through his website...I learned so much about my faith. His website was my first introduction to apologetics.
Anonymous Catholic, Facebook, 6-15-13
I've found your work absolutely incredible. Specifically your method of using Protestant sources, commentaries and historians to prove the truth of the Catholic view and interpretation. The reason your articles and essays are so incredibly useful is because you have synthesized all the available data and information into a very ordered and succinct form. In other words you have done all the intense work and to study an issue I just need to read your essay and you have brilliantly provided all the data, summarized the evidence and explained the Catholic truth.
Jeremy Pinto, personal letter, 6-16-13
Dave, I love your books and the gift of wisdom God gave you. I always refer to them in need of a good answer.
Stephanie Nicolo, Facebook, 6-16-13
I will be received into the Catholic Church on June 29. Your blog, your posts here [Facebook], have helped me find my way. Thanks.
Charles Walter, former Methodist pastor, personal letter, 6-16-13
Your writings helped bring me home.
Nicole DeMille, Facebook, 6-27-13
You, Patrick Madrid and Dr. Hahn are my three "go to" Catholic apologists. I know I might get some nonsense mixed in with the truth from other folks, but not the case from you three gentlemen. You are always orthodox and charitable. Thank you for your great work and may God bless you.
Terence Stanton, Facebook, 6-30-13
A National Catholic Register article about your conversion inspired me to send you a long overdue thank you for your apologetics apostolate. As a high school agnostic searching for the truth, your website was decisive in my decision to be baptized, confirmed and receive first Holy Communion the Easter Vigil of 2003. Ten years later, I have gained a degree from Christendom College, worked for LifeSiteNews.com, become a professed religious with the Legion of Christ and am currently studying in Rome for the priesthood. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for an apostolate that truly changed my life. Please let me know if you ever find yourself in the Eternal City, so that I might thank you in person.
Br. Michael Baggot, LC, letter of 7-2-13
Back when it was just a website, Dave's work was instrumental in my conversion.
Laura Ostrowski, Facebook, 7-4-13
Mr. Armstrong's work was instrumental in keeping me Catholic back in 1997 when I had a "crisis of faith".
Edward Martin Curtis, Facebook, 7-9-13
Dave, I have almost all your books on my Kindle. Thank you for all your hard work. Your website is invaluable. It's one of my first destinations every day.
Paul DiGuglielmo, Facebook, 7-11-13.
Thank you for defending our Church and for enlightening us in the teachings of the Catholic Church. You truly inspired a lot of Filipino apologists here in the Philippines.
Marc Gamil, Facebook message, 7-30-13.
Thanks for all the wonderful work you do here on Facebook. You have helped me grow and understand my faith so much better.
Lill Goodwill, Facebook message, 7-30-13.
Thank you for all that you do every day for our Church. You are an inspiration.
John C. Curtis, Facebook message, 7-30-13.
I meant to mention how much good your Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths has done me. Gave me some much-needed encouragement and support in talking to non-Catholics/fallen-away Catholics/atheists. Thank you for your work!
William Brandon, Facebook, 8-2-13
A Biblical Defense of Catholicism is one of the best books I have the privilege to own and I have bought many copies that I gave away to family and friends. It kind of started me on my journey to becoming a "learned" Catholic. Before that I was just happy to be a cradle Catholic who had no clue when it came to defending my faith. Thank You Dave. You have participated in changing my life, the lives of my relatives and friends. May God continue to inspire you and May He bless you always!
Michelle Muabana, 8-6-13
Michelle Muabana, 8-6-13
Thanks for being such a great Catholic apologist. It was largely due to your articles that I was saved from the sedevacantism dead end. God bless you for all you do for Catholics everywhere.
Harry Reyhing, Facebook, 8-25-13
I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Dave Armstrong is the hardest working Catholic apologist I know and barely scrapes by, . . . supporting his wife and many children. Seriously, he is an inspiration to me. Many excellent Catholic publishers have published his books (including Catholic Answers), but as I can attest, book royalties do not pay very much!
Devin Rose, Facebook, 8-30-13
Dave has done lots of work that other apologists haven't: see his work Pillars of Sola Scriptura for just one example. But his whole style of providing wonderful popular level reference material is a niche that wouldn't be filled if he didn't take the time to do so. His work is valuable and should be respected . . . [his] work is much appreciated.
L. Niall Quinn, Facebook, 9-4-13
Dave Armstrong is a big help to me in my journey of discovery and understanding of my Catholic faith; hence, I would like him to stay as an apologist, whether full-time or part-time, that is his call. But to me, he is a big help and the Church is blessed to have him.
Floro Fortunato Salvador, Facebook, 9-4-13
Thank you for all you do in the world of apologetics. I first encountered your website when I was in college in the late 90's, I referred to it all through seminary, and I've used your books and articles during these 8 years of my priesthood.
Fr. Christian Johnston, Letter of 9-6-13
Just a note to say thank you for all you do. I hope I can give more in the future, to help support you. Along with my two parishes, I am the Catholic chaplain at the local university, where so many students are searching and questioning. I refer to your sincere and excellent work, again and again. Thank you, good sir!
Fr. David Young, Letter of 9-8-13
My donation is a small token of appreciation for your tireless commitment to the evangelization of a very broken and morally confused world. Your work is unequaled in the Catholic apologetic world. My life is so radically different since I began in earnest to learn about the faith I received from my parents.Don't stop your quest.
Michael Alvey, Letter of 9-12-13
I just ordered next big portion (I have almost all) of your excellent apologetic books. I will try to support by money once a year. One of my friend priest served a mass for you and your work. You can't imagine how you helped me to find right orientation in theology. I'm very thankful to God for your great work. Please don't stop! God bless your work!!!
Pavol Hučko from Slovakia, Letter of 9-14-13
I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that Dave Armstrong's work has been instrumental in both online and offline apologetic for Catholics. It has helped my formation incredibly and his essays are more akin to scholarly work than they are just simple blog posts. Since I benefit from his work daily, both from his websites and his books, I will be making a contribution. Thanks Dave!
Daniel Maldonado, Facebook, 9-27-13
Thank you, Dave, for all your wonderful work. It has benefited me much over the years, yet I had never bought a book until last week (Pillars of Sola Scriptura.)
Tom Dieringer, letter of 10-7-13
Dave you were key to my initial seeking and conversion.
Nicole DeMille, Facebook, 11-18-13
I just wanted to shoot you an email to thank you for your blog. I’ve followed it for years. In fact, it did play a part in my conversion process, along with other apologist web sites and resources. Having utilized a source like this and having picked your digital brain for that amount of time I felt obligated to let you know I appreciate you, your blog, and definitely your books. I have a few of them and they have been very useful. I was formerly an evangelical Protestant who did mission work and teaching ministry. I went to Bible college and seminary, so I continue to reevaluate the theological thoughts spinning around in my head in an attempt to be Catholic through and through. Again, thank you, sir. May the Lord bless you and keep you. I hope to read more of your thoughts and research for a very long time.
William Missavage, e-mail of 11-22-13
That website helped in my conversion to the Catholic Faith.
Rachel Dobbs, Facebook comment, after I posted a March 2000 screen shot of my old website, 11-25-13
That was the site (1997 version) that I found when I was first researching the Church. It played a major part in my education, my crossing of the Tiber, etc.
Bret Bellamy, same thread, 11-25-13
I remember the old site; it was an important resource when I was getting into apologetics around 1997, and really wrestling with the "hard teachings" of the Church for the first time. I was raised Catholic, but like many of my generation, my catechesis was horrible. I count your site as a large reason I'm still Catholic.
Edward Martin Curtis, same thread, 11-25-13
Love that old website, always have, always will because of the special role it played in my conversion to a passionate Catholicism.
Nick Hardesty, same thread, 11-25-13
I just bought and finished reading your Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries, and wanted to let you know that it's a phenomenal work. I was raised in that mindset, and within the last year, Our Lord has helped me see how sectarian and arrogant it really is. Your book finished off a number of questions that had been bugging me. God bless you and you work! It's deeply appreciated.
Dominic de Souza, Facebook message, 12-1-13