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Michael Lofton (Host/Founder)

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Michael Lofton

Michael Lofton grew up in Israel and is a graduate of Christendom College Graduate School of Theology where he received his Master of Arts in Theological Studies. He has appeared on EWTN, SiriusXM Radio, Radio Maria and has contributed frequently to several websites and blogs. He is an Associate Editor at Christendom Graduate School and is the founder of Reason & Theology, LLC.

You may contact Michael at michael@reasonandtheology.com

Erick Ybarra (Co-Host)

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Erick Ybarra (ErickYbarra.org)

Erick Ybarra (Latin-Rite Catholic) – Erick Ybarra is a Roman Catholic speaker and blogger. Having graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Criminal Justice alongside receiving college-level training in Engineering Technology, he currently works as a Field Technician for a global manufacturer of scientific and precision instruments. Having spent years as a Reformed Baptist and then moving towards high-Church Anglicanism, he prayerfully studied the Bible and History leading to a reversion to the Catholic Church. He is a co-host for popular YouTube channel Reason and Theology, and has made plenty of public appearances on Catholic social networks. His writings specialize in Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and can be found www.ErickYbarra.org. He is a Husband and Father of 5 children, living in the upper mid-West of the United States.

You may contact Erick at erick@reasonandtheology.com

William Albrecht (Co-Host)

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William Albrecht (PatristicPillars.com)

William Albrecht (Latin-Rite Catholic) was raised in a non-believing household and eventually became a Reformed Baptist. After many years as a youth leader and minister he converted to the Catholic faith. He has a B.A. in Theology and is an international speaker and debater, having participated in over 50 live and moderated debates. William runs a website dedicated to the Early Church Fathers that includes unique translations, articles, commentaries, and debates on the Fathers. As well as running PatristicPillars.com, William is a Co-Host on Reason & Theology and the resident debater.

You may contact William at william@reasonandtheology.com

Elijah Yasi (Contributor/Marketing and Administration) 

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Elijah Yasi (www.UndergroundCatholicism.com)

Elijah Yasi (Eastern Catholic) was born in Iraq, Baghdad on January of 1985. He moved to the United States in 1993 and has been living there since. He was born into a Catholic family and was baptized and confirmed as an infant in the Syriac Catholic Church. He received his First Communion in the Chaldean Catholic Church. At the age of 20, he began to study the Christian faith and became a Protestant. A year later, he discovered the writings of the Early Church Fathers and reverted back into the Catholic Church where he has remained there ever since. Since reverting back to the Catholic Church, he has had a deep interest in apologetics; more specifically the Papacy and the Immaculate Conception. He has appeared as a guest on popular Youtube channel Reason and Theology. He has started a blog page which can be found by visiting www.UndergroundCatholicism.com. Elijah currently resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter where he owns and runs a heating and cooling company.


ldbanner1Luis Dizon (Roman Catholic) – Luis is the resident contributor on matters related, but not limited to, New Religious Movements and Islam. Bio forthcoming.

89784929_837360266675046_5135774274530836480_oFr. Patrick (Eastern Orthodox) – Fr Patrick (John Ramsey) was born in 1970 in New Zealand. He attended University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand, completing Bachelor degrees in Science, majoring in Mathematics, and in Law with honours. He then completed a Master of Theology in Orthodox Studies at the University of Wales, in 2010 followed by a PhD in Orthodox ecclesiology in 2015 at the University of Winchester, England. He presently works as a distance tutor for the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, England. He serves as a priest in the Western Rite deanery in the UK under the Russian Church Outside Russia. He has enjoyed engaging on Facebook discussions for a number of years after contributing to Orthodox blogs before this.

89858116_655875361910084_6481536872970452992_nSub-deacon Daniel Kakish (Oriental Orthodox) – born in San Diego, California, USA and has a Master of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Diego State University. He is currently a student at Agora University where he is planning to earn his Ph.D. He serves as a sub-deacon in the Syriac Orthodox Church and intends to enter the priesthood. In addition to his responsibilities as a sub-deacon, he is tasked with teaching the young adults regarding the Scriptures, the Church Fathers, and Church History. His passion for history, dogma, and theology as well as his desire to teach others have led him to pursue further education in these fields. Daniel’s father’s side, being native Jordanian, is Eastern Orthodox while his mother’s side is Chaldean Catholic from Iraq. His relations and familiarity with those churches strengthens and expounds upon his ability to participate in ongoing ecumenical dialogue, specifically when discussing theological terms and ideas.

B0dxufFU_400x400Turretinfan (Reformed Protestant)

TurretinFan is a Presbyterian and Reformed apologist, writing under a pseudonym. He has been engaged in internet-based apologetics and theological blogging since 2006, and has debated on a wide range of topics including Hell, Trinitarianism, Calvinism, the Marian Dogmas, Sola Scriptura, and the Canon of Scripture.

maxresdefaultDr. Musharraf Hussain (Muslim)Dr. Musharraf Hussain is an accomplished Islamic scholar, debater, educator, author, and scientist. He is also the translator of the highly acclaimed new fresh English translation of the Quran, the Majestic Quran. He also runs the Karimia Institute and is one of the foremost figures in Islamic theology. You can learn more about him in detail and of his work at: http://www.musharrafhussain.com

85158898_207861780436114_211009170567069696_nThomas Druschke (Atheist) – Thomas Druschke is an atheist, debater, amateur philosopher, and content creator from Texas who runs The Atheist Reformation channelThe Atheist Reformation channel on YouTube. His channel is dedicated to open discussion with theists, atheists, and everyone in between on the philosophical spectrum, with weekly shows such as Sunday Service and Discussions With A Theist. He has recently found a new mildly obsessive hobby in weightlifting and participates in amateur strongman competitions.

Previous Guests

  1. Bishop Athanasius Schneider – Kazakhstani Roman Catholic bishop, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. He is a member of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra.
  2. Dr. Bart Ehrman – New Testament scholar and author of six New York Times bestsellers (Agnostic).
  3. Dr. Peter Kreeft – Professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College (Roman Catholic).
  4. Dr. Scott Hahn – American Christian theologian and apologist. A former Presbyterian who converted to Catholicism, Hahn’s popular works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (Roman Catholic).
  5. Dr. Thomas Pink – Professor of philosophy at King’s College London (Roman Catholic).
  6. Dr. Carl Trueman – Full Professor at the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College. (Orthodox Presbyterian.)
  7. Dr. Robert J. Matava – Associate professor and dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College in Alexandria, Va. (Roman Catholic)
  8. Dr. Edward Siecienski – Associate Professor of Religion and Clement and Helen Pappas Professor of Byzantine Civilization and Religion at Stockton University. (Eastern Orthodox)
  9. Dr. Adam J. DeVille – Associate professor and chairman of the Department of Theology-Philosophy, University of Saint Francis. (Eastern Catholic)
  10. Dr. Donald Fortson – Professor of Church History and Pastoral Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina (Presbyterian)
  11. Dr. Jared Goff – Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary (Eastern Catholic).
  12. Dr. Michael Brown – PhD., Messianic Jew, author, professor and evangelical apologist.
  13. Dr. Robert Fastiggi – Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology, has been at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
  14. Dr. Lee McDonald – Professor McDonald received a Ph.D from the University of Edinburgh and a Th.M from Harvard University. He is the former professor of New Testament Studies and President of Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada. His many publications on Canon and Canonicity include The Origin of the Bible (T&T Clark, 2011).
  15. Dr. Michael Barber – is Associate Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO.
  16. Dr. Mark Spencer – PhD., Roman Catholic associate professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  17. Dr. David Bradshaw – PhD., Eastern Orthodox professor of philosophy at the University of Kentucky.
  18. Dr. Eduardo Echeverria – PhD., Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
  19. Dr. Robert Price – Atheist author, debater and Biblical scholar.
  20. Dr. Luis Dizon – Theologian and apologist. (Roman Catholic)
  21. Dr. Gavin Ashenden – Former Anglican Bishop and Private Chaplain to the Queen of England. Convert to Roman Catholicism.
  22. Dr. Taylor Patrick O’Neill – Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Assistant Professor at Mount Mercy University. (Roman Catholic)
  23. Dr. Shabir Ally – Muslim scholar and debater.
  24. Dr. Robert Sungenis – Theologian and apologist (Roman Catholic).
  25. Dr. Sebastian Brock – generally acknowledged as the foremost academic in the field of Syriac language today, Dr. Brock is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute and currently a professorial fellow at Wolfson College.
  26. Dr. Gabriel Reynolds – Ph.D professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame (Roman Catholic).
  27. Dr. James Likoudis – Catholic author and theologian.
  28. Dr. John Joy – the President of the St. Albert the Great Center for Scholastic Studies (Roman Catholic).
  29. Dr. Matthew Minerd – faculty member of Philosophy and Moral Theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary (Eastern Catholic).
  30. Dr. Aaron Canty – a professor at Saint Xavier University and member of the Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology Department (Roman Catholic).
  31. Dr. Michael Liccione – Dr. Liccione earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught philosophy at a dozen Catholic and secular institutions and has served on the editorial staff of First Things (Roman Catholic).
  32. Dr. Alan Fimister – Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at St John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado and Director of the Dialogos Institute (Roman Catholic).
  33. Dr. Stephen Boyce – protestant theologian.
  34. Dr. Nicholas DiDonato – Eastern Orthodox professor.
  35. Dr. E. Michael Jones – Catholic author and lecturer.
  36. Dr. Leighton Flowers – Baptist Apologist and Theologian.
  37. Fr. Peter Totleben, OP, is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph and faculty member for Theology at the Josephinum Pontifical College in Columbus, Ohio.
  38. Fr. Sebastian A. Carnazzo – PhD., Priest and Pastor of the St. Elias Melkite Parish in San Jose, CA. (Eastern Catholic)
  39. Fr. Christian Kappes – Catholic priest and Academic Dean Department of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary.
  40. Fr. John Whiteford – Priest and Pastor of St. Jonah Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Spring, Texas. (Eastern Orthodox)
  41. Fr. Patrick Cardine – Priest at St. Patrick Orthodox Mission, Warrenton, VA. (Western Rite Orthodox)
  42. Fr. John (Patrick) Ramsey – Presbyter of the Orthodox Church. He completed PhD in Orthodox Theology in the field of ecclesiology. He is presently distance tutoring for the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK.
  43. Fr. Josiah Trenham – Archpriest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (Eastern Orthodox).
  44. Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck – rector of Eureka Orthodox Church (Eastern Orthodox).
  45. Fr. David Sherry – SSPX priest and principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy
    District of Canada (Roman Catholic).
  46. Rev. Canon Benoit Jayr – priest for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. (Roman Catholic)
  47. Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver – priest for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. (Roman Catholic)
  48. Deacon Joseph Suaiden – Eastern Orthodox apologist and deacon.
  49. Subdeacon Daniel Kakish – Subdeacon of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. (Oriental Orthodox)
  50. Professor Steve Weidenkopf – Lecturer in Church History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia
  51. Dan Barker – Atheist author and debater.
  52. Mike Aquilina – Award-winning author, executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a Roman Catholic research center based in Steubenville, Ohio. (Roman Catholic).
  53. Michael Voris – Catholic author, journalist and apologist.
  54. David Bates – Apologist and speaker. (Roman Catholic)
  55. Michael Hichborn – President of the Lepanto Institute. (Roman Catholic)
  56. Timothy Flanders – Apologist. (Roman Catholic)
  57. Turretinfan – Apologist and debater. (Reformed Protestant)
  58. Rabbi Asher Meza – Rabbi.  (Jewish)
  59. Musharraf Hussain – scientist, educator and religious scholar in Nottinghamshire, UK. (Muslim)
  60. John Loftus – Atheist author.
  61. Jay Dyer – Eastern Orthodox author and apologist.
  62. Zachary Robert – Roman Catholic apologist.
  63. Timothy Gordon – Roman Catholic author and teacher.
  64. Christopher Tomaszewski – Roman Catholic theologian.
  65. Seraphim Hamilton – Eastern Orthodox professor and apologist.
  66. Mark Bonacore – Roman Catholic Apologist.
  67. Alexander Tschugguel – Roman Catholic known for throwing Pachamamas idols into the Tiber River.
  68. Christine Niles – Roman Catholic journalist.
  69. Mark Hausam – Roman Catholic blogger and apologist.
  70. Ryan Grant – Roman Catholic apologist and translator.
  71. Gary Michuta – Roman Catholic apologist, debater and talk-show host.
  72. John Meadows – Roman Catholic professional bodybuilder.
  73. Sam Shamoun – Protestant debater.
  74. Kwaku El– Mormon apologist.
  75. Steve Christie – Protestant author.
  76. Josh Gibbs – Protestant apologist.
  77. Taylor Barrett– Protestant apologist.
  78. Lizzie Reezay – Catholic YouTuber.
  79. Vitalis Varaioun – Catholic apologist and convert from the Old Believers Schism.
  80. Steve Ray – convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel).
  81. Kennedy Hall – Catholic author and apologist.
  82. Luke Heintschel – Catholic theologian.
  83. Rick Delano – Catholic writer, producer and narrator.
  84. Jaxon Washburn – Mormon apologist.
  85. Dennis Spiess – Catholic apologist in Germany.
  86. Hugh Owen – Catholic apologist and Director of the Kolbe Center.
  87. Stefanie Lozinski – Catholic apologist and writer.
  88. Eric Sammons – Catholic writer and apologist.
  89. James Snapp Jr. – Protestant pastor and apologist.
  90. Allan Ruhl – Catholic apologist.


  1. Is Papal Ratification the Best Theory to Identify an Ecumenical Council?
  2. Are Ecumenical Councils to be Identified by the Reception Theory?
  3. Reason is a Dependable Means of Knowing God
  4. Are There Sufficient Reasons for God’s Existence
  5. Debating Jesus and Muhammad (Albrecht vs. Hussain)
  6. Who Started the East/West Schism?
  7. The Problem of Suffering
  8. Erick Ybarra vs. Jay Dyer: The Papacy Debate
  9. The Immaculate Conception: Is It Ancient and Biblical? (Catholic/Orthodox)
  10. The Immaculate Conception: Is It Ancient and Biblical? (Catholic/Protestant)
  11. Did Multiple Popes Deny the Immaculate Conception? (Catholic/Protestant)
  12. Does Catholicism Dogmatically Teach All Unbaptized Babies Must Go to Hell? (Lofton vs. Blazek)
  13. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead Spiritually or Bodily? (William Albrecht vs. Dan Barker)
  14. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (Shabir Ally vs. William Albrecht)
  15. Did St. Augustine Believe Transubstantiation? (William Albrecht vs. Turretinfan)
  16. The Canon of Scripture Debate Part 1 – Gary Michuta (Catholic) vs. Steve Christie (Protestant)
  17. Is the Trinity Biblical and Ancient? William Albrecht vs. Shabir Ally
  18. What is the Fate of Unbaptized Infants? – Fr. John Ramsey vs. Michael Lofton

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