Season 3,

Episode 33: Graciously Defending Life

January 17, 2018

“Compassion does not kill, compassion suffers alongside or along with.” -Trent Horn

On this installment of Thriving in the Trenches, we make some fun announcements to go along with a very informative and helpful conversation with Catholic Answers apologist, Trent Horn. Have you ever shied away from trying to defend your pro-life position because you were just not comfortable doing so? As important as this issue is in today’s culture, we have an opportunity to grow in our knowledge and how to use logical questions to simply “put a rock in someone’s shoe” regarding their standpoint on this important moral issue. 


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 Podcast Guest:

After his conversion to the Catholic Faith, Trent Horn earned a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master’s degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College, and is pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Mary.

As a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live, where he dialogues with atheists, pro-choice advocates, and other non-Catholic callers.

Trent is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College and the author of five books, including Answering Atheism, The Case for Catholicism, and Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love.


Show Notes:

  • You can find all of Trent Horn’s books here on his Amazon page, including the book and DVD mentioned in this week’s podcast episode, Persuasively Pro-Life
  • Common Ground without Compromise by Stephen Wagner is a great resource for both sides of the debate, this book will help you develop your view of abortion or advocate for your position within the context of friendly dialogue. Recommended by Trent Horn
  • Tactics by Gregory Koukl is another book recommended by Trent on learning ways to have positive interactions with people of a different belief than you.

 Call to Action – 

Pray for the grace of patience and temperance while practicing gracious evangelization. Take the time to read or listen to some Pro-Life apologetics so that you can better form and prepare yourself to enter into these important conversations when God is asking you to do so.

Scripture – 

11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16

Saint Quote – 

Life is the most beautiful gift of God” – St. Mother Teresa



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