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CONVERSION TO CATHOLICISM
(see also next section)

My Odyssey From Evangelicalism to Catholicism 24K

How Newman Convinced me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church 46K

150 Reasons Why I am a Catholic 56K

My Conversion to the Catholic Church (Transcript of a Radio Interview with Al Kresta) 31K

The Epistemology of My Conversion / My (Protestant) Letter to Karl Keating in 1990 / How I Became an Apologist

INTERVIEWS / FEATURES
Interview With A Catholic Apologist (Dave Armstrong) (by Peter Vere, JCL [Canonist] ) 18K

Dave Armstrong: Catholic Apologetics’ "Socratic Evangelist" (Tim Drake; feature article in Patrick Madrid's Envoy Magazine) 13K

Will the Real Dave Armstrong Please Stand Up? (Pedro Vega's Short Bio, and His Blog) (see also Envoy Encore's endorsement of this article)

[Opinions on] Apologist Dave Armstrong? (thread on the Catholic Answers Apologetics Forum)

Overview of Development of Doctrine (Transcript of a Television Interview) 21K

Questions and Answers: Concerning Catholicism, Over Against Protestantism (Transcript of a Television Interview) 17K

"The Pleasures and Perils of a Catholic Apologetics Apostolate" (This Rock, November 2004)

Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia Entry: "Dave Armstrong" (first added on 30 June 2005)

WEBSITE URLs AND FEEDBACK / PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND BOOKS / CREDENTIALS

Catholic Apologetics: Books by Dave Armstrong

Super-Link Page: Complete Website URLs

Catholic Accolades For This Website

Non-Catholic Accolades For This Website

What's New? (on the website)

My Literary Resume (Published Articles, etc.) 16K

Articles and Other Materials Published in This Rock magazine

"Ya Can't Please Everyone So Ya, Got Ta Please Yerself": Am I an Anti-Protestant, Arrogant, Intolerant Bum? (negative & positive comments about my apologetics, from Protestants)

WEBSITE AND WRITINGS TRACKING DATA

25 of My Web Pages Make Google's "Top Ten List"

Update on My Website Google "Top Ten" Stats

How My Materials Rank in the Search Engines, Part III

Fun Stats For My Website, From Alexa Web Search
 
 

APOLOGETIC METHOD / PRESUPPOSITIONS / EPISTEMOLOGY

Catholic Apologetic Method, Epistemology, and Open-Mindedness 30K

A Defense of Amateur Apologetics a la C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton 42K

The Trials & Tribulations (but Mostly Joys) of Being an Apologist

Christian Apologetics and Academic Historiography: Similarities and Differences (Dave Armstrong vs. Edwin Tait) 28K

"Good Discussion": The Preferability of Socratic Back-and-Forth Dialogue Over "Mutual Monologue" 17K

"Dialogue Central" (Complete Hyper-Linked Listing of Dialogues on my Website and in my Books) 52K

Why I Write "Long" Papers: A Short Apologia (including a long listing of many scores of my shorter papers, for the "time-challenged") 47K

Why I Love Dialogues and Oppose Oversimplification in Apologetics 9K

Oral vs. Written Apologetic Debates: Which Format is More Substantive?

Apologia for Apologists and Apologetics 49K

My Respect for Protestants 24K

The Epistemology of My Conversion / My (Protestant) Letter to Karl Keating in 1990 / How I Became an Apologist

MY BLOG: COR AD COR LOQUITUR

Thoughts on Amiable and Constructive Dialogue (Introductory Instructive Post Describing my Philosophy and Goals for my Blog: Cor ad cor loquitur) 17K

A BIT MORE PERSONAL, FUN, AND SENTIMENTAL

"It was twenty years ago today . . . " (High Praise for my Wife Judy on our 20th Anniversary)

Gentleness (my "softer" side - away from the vigorous apologetics for a moment) 3K

Comfort and Peace From Scripture 3K

What My 9-Year-Old Son Wrote About God 8K

'Twas the Month After Election (A Satirical Poem) (An admittedly highly partisan take-off on the lunacy of the 2000 presidential election, with a doubly Christmassy twist ...) 11K

Making Fun of Myself: Paperback [Blogosphere] Writer (satire)

Blogging and Personal Preferences Survey

Which Classical Composer Are You? (Quiz)

ROMANTICISM AND CHRISTIANITY
Romanticism, Wagner, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, and Me (sort of my conversion story from nature mystic and occult devotee to evangelical Christian, with reflections on the relationship of Romanticism to Christianity - my most "right-brained" paper ever!) 28K

C.S. Lewis and the Romantic Poets on Longing, Sehnsucht, and Joy (compilation which expands upon themes touched upon in the paper immediately above) 33K

The Relationship of Romanticism to Christianity and Catholicism in Particular (compilation of many eminent writers such as Lewis, Tolkien, Dawson, Chesterton, and Muggeridge; wonderful insights and a feast for the Christian imagination) 104K

Dialogue on Romanticism and Christianity (also, a discussion of "natural evil": diseases, hurricanes, drought, etc.) (Dave Armstrong and Keith Rickert, Jr.) 92K

Beautiful Irish Songs and the Longing of Sehnsucht

Poetry Page (emphasizing Romanticism) (old page from the Archives)

See also the topical index page (links): Romantic and Imaginative Theology

PHOTOGRAPHS: MY FAMILY,  LIGHTHOUSE AND OTHER OLD ARCHITECTURE, AND NATURE

See photographs of my wife Judy and my family (and me) at the top of the Marital, Family, Sexual, & Gender Issues Page, and in a feature article about my ministry. Also, the baby at the end of the Life Issues Page is my third and youngest son. My oldest son's picture appears on his own paper: What My 9-Year-Old Son Wrote About God. My wife and I are photographed with Fr. John Hardon, on the day when I was received into the Church, and she returned to it (1991): on My Literary Resume Page. Seven of my photos of lighthouses appear on the Lighthouse Gospel and Basic Christianity Page. Also, see three of my favorite nature photos: of autumn colors, a glorious sunset, and of a quintessentially "romantic" scene from Yellowstone Park. Additional photographs of yours truly: playing the guitar (1988), another from the day I was received, and the only known picture of me evangelizing (1989); with wife Judy (1988). Keep scrolling down on this page (below) and there is a rare formal photograph (with a tie!!!). Recent mug shots are on the Home and Main Index and What's New? (sans goatee or beard) pages as well. See also pictures of my lovely wife Judy, from 1987 and 1999. Further photographs of me and/or my family can be found in the photograph listings on my blog (on the sidebar, near the bottom).

Family Photographs and Armstrong Heritage
My Favorite Nature Photos
Fall Colors
Old-Growth Forests and Animals
Waterfalls
Sandy Shores of the Great Lakes
Rocky Lake and Ocean Shores
Rock Formations
Old American Architecture Photo Page
Covered Bridges
Old Buildings and Mills and "Americana"
Colonial Towns: Williamsburg, Virginia

MUSIC
(AND SOME STUFF ON MOVIES TOO)

My Favorite Rock, Pop, & R & B Singles, Albums, Bands, & Singers + Music and Movie Links (it's all here: everything you ever wanted to know about my musical tastes) 115K

Rockabilly: "White Man's R&B" (my attempt at musical criticism concerning one of my very favorite types of music) 21K

Detroit "Blue-Eyed Soul": Bob Seger

Motown's James Jamerson: The Greatest Bass Guitarist of All Time

Classical Music Mega-Links Page (old page from the Archives)

Is There Any Legitimate Musicological Basis for Comparing the Beatles to Schubert?

American-Version Beatles Albums From 1964 a Big Smash Once Again on CD (lots of interesting comparisons of US and UK tracks)

Beatles Recordings: Chronological Master List (Including Alternate Mixes) 79K (All Beatles recordings, in order of recording date, noting different mixes and versions, stereo, "fake stereo," mono, what album songs appear on, dates of UK and US release, singles information, etc.)

Beach Boys Recordings: Chronological Master List 101K

1. Songs arranged chronologically by recording date, from 1961 to 1969 (and by release date after that).
2. Complete songwriting credits (featuring Brian Wilson).
3. Brian Wilson-produced songs noted.
4. Information on all albums where a song appears.
5. Discography of the most notable Beach Boys compilations.
6. Indication of monophonic songs and later stereo remixed versions.
7. Dates of release of albums and singles.
8. Single A-sides and B-sides noted.
9. Links to amazon pages for all albums.
10. Indication of different versions of songs (45s vs. album versions).
11. Listing of songs in which the lead vocal is sung by Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston.
12. Links to other discographies.
A Musical and Personal Miracle (Brian Wilson's New Smile Album)

My Eclectic Musical Tastes and Instruments I Can Play

Buddy Holly: Chronological Chart of His 50 Greatest Recordings

A Sacred Song Speaks a Thousand Words (The Impact of Johnny Cash's Last Christian Songs)

Sam Cooke: The Greatest Singer of All Time: Chronological Discography

Which Classical Composer Are You? (Quiz)

CHRISTMAS

Dave's Old-Fashioned Christmas Page  (featuring six original poems and lotsa great traditional, romantic, and sentimental links)

The Armstrong "Cute Kids" Annual Christmas Card Photographs

My Department 56 Christmas "Dickens Village"

Silent Night (a "progressive" theological and agnostic re-interpretation and critical commentary)

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL / RECOMMENDATIONS / SCANNED PHOTO-PAGES OF FAVORITE AUTHORS / TRIBUTES

Recommended Catholic Apologetic and Historical Books 42K

The Most Influential and Meaningful Books In My Life

My Favorite Catholic Authors 14K

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.: Servant of God (1914-2000): A Tribute Page

Christian Online Book and Search Page (web page on my site)

Priests and Pastors I Admire 5K

C.S. Lewis: Photograph and Reminiscences Page

G.K. Chesterton: Photograph and Portrait Page

John Henry Cardinal Newman: Photograph and Portrait Page

Catholic Books, Authors, and Cultural Heritage

OLD WEBSITE PAGES FROM THE INTERNET ARCHIVE

[Remember: many links will now be obsolete, because these pages are not updated as my regular site is]

Culture and Christian Heritage

Ireland: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links
Scotland: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links
England: History, Culture, & Christian Heritage Links
Medieval and Renaissance Culture (complete with a photograph from my medieval wedding: 10-6-84 -- me lookin' like a prince and all, marryin' a lovely new princess)
Catholic Books, Authors, and Cultural Heritage

Christian Philosophy

St. Augustine (354-430)
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Thomas Howard & Peter Kreeft: Master Apologists

Miscellaneous

Oldest Version of my Home Page I Could Find (December 1998 -- the website was launched in March 1997)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY / CURRICULUM VITAE

Dave Armstrong is a full-time Catholic author, apologist, webmaster, and evangelist, who has been actively proclaiming and defending Christianity for more than twenty years. Formerly a campus missionary, as a Protestant, Dave was received into the Catholic Church in 1991, by the late, well-known catechist and theologian, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

His conversion story was published in the bestselling book Surprised by Truth (edited by Patrick Madrid; San Diego: Basilica Press, 1994). Dave’s articles have appeared in many Catholic periodicals, including The Catholic Answer, This Rock, Envoy, Hands On Apologetics, The Coming Home Journal, and The Latin Mass. His apologetic and writing apostolate was the subject of a feature article in the May 2002 issue of Envoy.

His large and popular website, Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (http://www.biblicalcatholic.com), has been online since March 1997, and received the 1998 Catholic Website of the Year award from Envoy Magazine. (Dave was also nominated for Best New Evangelist by the same magazine). It is  consistently rated as one of the most-visited Catholic apologetics websites on the Internet, according to the web-rating site, Alexa Web Search (affiliated with amazon.com). In February 2004, Dave started a blog (short for "weblog"), called Cor ad cor loquitur. (http://socrates58.blogspot.com/).

Dave’s first book, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (Foreword by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.) was published by Sophia Institute Press in June 2003, and the companion-piece, More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (Foreword by Dr. Scott Hahn) was published by 1stBooks Library in February 2002 (the first book having originally been released by 1stBooks in October 2001). His book, The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Protestants Wish Away, is scheduled to be released in June 2004 by Sophia Institute Press.

He has also completed eight more books: Bible Conversations, Development of Catholic Doctrine, Mere Christian Apologetics, Christian Worldview vs. Postmodernism Family Matters, Pensées on Catholic “Traditionalism” (all in 2002), Protestantism, and Twin Scourges: Thoughts on Anti-Catholicism and Theological Liberalism (May and June 2003).

Dave  wrote all of the apologetic commentary (44 articles) for The Catholic Answer Bible (2002), the pamphlet, Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked (2002), and a chapter in the book, The Catholic Answer Book of Mary (edited by Peter M.J. Stravinskas -- 2000) -- all published by Our Sunday Visitor. He has also appeared on the nationally-syndicated Catholic radio shows Faith and Family Live (Steve Wood), Kresta in the Afternoon (Al Kresta),  and Catholic Answers Live (Jerry Usher; connected with Karl Keating's apologetic organization).

Dave’s writing has been enthusiastically endorsed by many leading Catholic apologists, authors, and catechists, including Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Marcus Grodi, Patrick Madrid, Steve Ray, Fr. Ray Ryland, and Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

He married Judy Kozora in 1984; they have four children (three boys and a girl), and live near Detroit, Michigan.

AMAZON.COM LISTMANIA FAVORITE BOOKS: MY 21 LISTS

This is a fun feature on amazon.com which allows one to pick their favorite books on a certain topic, to share with others. The program then creates photos and hyper-links. I decided to make a bunch of these lists (21, with 305 total books!) in order to promote good books and create more name exposure in order to help sell my own book. To access these lists, go to my Amazon.com: About Dave Armstrong page.

 1. Top 10 Christian Fantasy Alternatives to Harry Potter
 2. Top 10 Biographical Books on C.S. Lewis
 3. Top 10 Books on the Thought of C.S. Lewis
 4. Ten Christian Books Which Most Influenced My Life & Thinking
 5. Top 10 Books on Scientific Arguments for God's Existence
 6. Top 25 Christian Apologetics Books: Philosophical Arguments
 7. Top 15 Christian Apologetics Books: Historical Arguments
 8. Top 20 Biographies of Famous Christians
 9. Top 10 Books About G.K. Chesterton
10. Top 10 Books on The Thought of John Henry Newman
11. Top 10 Biographical Books About John Henry Newman
12. Top 10 Books on the Papacy and the Authority of the Church
13. Top 15 Catholic Books About Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus
14. Top 15 Books on Post-Vatican II Catholic Confusion
15. Top 20 Books: Christian Culture vs. Secularism & Agnosticism
16. Top 20 Catholic Apologetics Books on Specific Doctrines
17. Top 15 Books on Catholic Church History
18. Top 10 Catholic Books on Protestantism
19. Top 25 Books on Catholic Converts and Conversion
20. Top 10 Bible-Based Catholic Apologetics Books
21. Top 25 General Books on Catholicism & Catholic Apologetics

 May 2000; Picture on top: July 1998

Main Index | Super-Link Search Page | My Books Page | My Blog: Cor ad cor loquitur

Compiled by Dave Armstrong. Updated on 8 August 2005.