Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: #18

Today, we continue our weekly series examining and responding to Catholic apologist and philosopher, Peter Kreeft’s book, “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic” (2018). Thanks for joining me.

capture30

Claim #18: I am a Catholic because of the angels, and their invisible and anonymous mediation

In this chapter, Kreeft expresses his gratitude for his guardian angel, whom he speculates played a major role in his “conversion” to Roman Catholicism, “as well as in many other good things that..happened in (his) life” (p. 63). Kreeft then expresses his pity for Protestants because they’re not “at home” with angels the way Catholics are.

Response

Angels are powerful spiritual beings referenced in both the Old and New Testaments. Angels (from the Greek: angelos: “messenger”) serve as messengers and agents of God. The Catholic church has created an extensive angelology based upon extra-biblical myths, legends, and speculation. Catholicism’s tradition of a personal guardian angel for every individual is an extrapolation of Matthew 18:10, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” But does that verse actually teach a personal guardian angel for every individual as Kreeft and RC-ism claim? No, it does not. See the article below for an excellent exegesis of Matthew 18:10. As a Catholic grammar school student in the 1960s, the nuns taught us quite a bit about our alleged guardian angels, how they actively helped and protected us. This took the focus off of God in much the same way as Catholicism’s veneration/worship of Mary. God’s angels would certainly want our focus to be on God, not on them.

Down through the centuries, Catholic artists portrayed angels as fanciful, winged beings, often with little or no clothing. Angel art was used as a sanctioned opportunity to present nude or semi-nude figures to pruriently curious viewers. See the works of “devout” French-Catholic painter, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), as just one example.

Got Questions: Do we have guardian angels?
https://www.gotquestions.org/guardian-angels.html

Next week: Claim #19: I am a Catholic because of what the Bible tells me

12 thoughts on “Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: #18

  1. He must be referring to demon ‘angels’. And you’re right Tom, the Catholic Church and others have fabricated the image of angels to suit their own purposes.
    Angels of God are fearsome and powerful.
    Good post Tom!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Rome perverts everything, even angels! Jesus is always in the background somewhere or if he is at the forefront they reduce the King of Kings to a wafer! How could we have been so blind to it all!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. RE: Rome perverts everything, even angels

      Yes it does. Kreeft “pities” us for having a stunted angelology when he is a lost soul blinded by his works-righteousness religion.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. One can’t help but to notice Catholic Apologist looking down Protestants; but as I read this I also note more and more superstitious RCs are; and you are also right to point out how often RC angelic work of art show nudity and sensuality.
    Good post! Poor reason to be RC given by Kreeft; he as a philosopher should know better!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks, brother! Definitely not a “substantive” reason for being Catholic. In fact, RC-ism’s preoccupation with these minor characters (Mary, saints, angels, pope) is proof of its heterodoxy.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Kreeft is going to be really, really I don’t know what when the blinders come off and he sees he has been talking with and following demons. This guy seriously idols beauty, there is absolutely nothing ascetic about him. He is self-indulgent and self-glorifying and while the RCC may be appearing to serve the world, it will reign in hell later. Kreeft is a snob of the highest degree/order and he really does not care.

    I agree with you 10000% that angles would want our focus to be on God and not on them. Hebrews says that we may entertain angels without ever realizing it. This does not mean we have personal guardian angels protecting us where ever we go. Thank God this chapter was short!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks for the good comments! This chapter exemplifies how the RCC focuses on peripherals – the angels, Mary, the pope, sacraments, priests, saints, liturgy, etc., etc., etc. – rather than on Jesus Christ, His finished work, and the free gift of salvation He offers.

      Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s