I have been spending hours and hours over the last few weeks at a curious blog with the nomenclature 'Julie the Protestant.'
Julie's a very decent young lady, whom I know through a network of close friends but have never actually met in person. She's a devout Protestant who's undertaken a serious investigation of the Catholic faith. But she's decided to do it in the format of a full-blown, 'taking-on-all-comers' debate, and on the platform of a blog. She began it a few months back with a fisking of one of Mark Shea's books, then he showed up and started rebutting her arguments, other bloggers started popping in, and Julie's blog became a sort of meeting spot for apologetically-minded Catholics. The fantastic thing is that Julie is refreshingly charitable and open-minded, and has been a wonderful host for some fruitful discussion. She is much to be lauded on that score, I think, so this is my tribute to her. Stop in sometime and contribute. And give Julie some positive feedback while you're there.