|RC consecrated man James Stone founds Biltrix with Fr. James Smith LC and Fr. José LaBoy LC|
do you get when you mix a Regnum Christi consecrated
man with a philosophy PhD together with two Legionary priests?
get a new spin on the Church’s 21st century’s mission
to proclaim the faith boldly and with reasoned audacity,” said
RC consecrated James Stone.
In November, 2012 James got together
with Fr. Jason Smith LC and Fr. José LaBoy LC
to start a website and blog called Biltrix.
to Me” if I Do Not Use the Internet
he, Fr. Jose and Fr. Jason “are confidently and thoughtfully
engaging today’s culture with the light of the Gospel” by
using the Internet and social media.
“If Saint Paul were alive
today, he might have said, ‘Woe to me if I
do not preach on the Internet!’ After all, even the
Pope is doing it and he’s telling us to do
the same,” said James. “We’ve decided to take him up
on the invitation to feed as many souls as possible
with ongoing catechesis, spiritual insights, and rational arguments for our
The three men say Biltrix offers “cultural apologetics
for the New Evangelization.”
|Biltrix website and blog offers cultural apologetics|
Their initiative aims “to bring truth
and meaning to cultural discourse where issues are often blurred
by the absurd,” said James. “We don’t want
to focus entirely on the negative, but are enthusiastically seeking
out the positive to counteract apathy and cynicism with balanced
optimism and joyful hope.
“We’re putting our philosophy and theology
degrees to work for a practical purpose: to evangelize, inform,
defend, and respond within today’s cultural debate,” he said. “In
a nutshell, we are creating cultural awareness to bring about
Pointing Out the Missing Point
The word “Biltrix” was coined
by the medieval philosopher and logician Boethius of Dacia
as an example of a meaningless word.
“The term Biltrix
means ‘to point out the missing point,’” said James. The
Biltrix initiators plan to do this with their website/blog by
focusing “on the essentials, carefully analyzing what is being said,
and uncovering what is not being said.”
you don’t understand what terms (within an argument) mean, you
can’t say whether they are being used correctly, let alone
whether or not the sentence in which they appear is
even true,” said James.
He uses the example of the “black
hole” that is thought to exist at the heart of
the Milky Way galaxy.
“In theory, a black hole is
nothing but a collapsed star whose density is so great
that not even light can escape its gravitational pull. In theory, one of these black holes resides at
the heart of our galaxy.” For argument’s sake, James gives
this black hole the name “Biltrix.”
|Fr. Jason Smith LC. |
“No one has ever seen this
Biltrix, yet some scientists have inferred its existence from the
effects they have observed within the Milky Way and various
unexplained phenomena throughout the universe. It is now commonly held
as a fact that black hole’s exist, based on the
authority of scholarly science. Yet, are we 100% certain that
Biltrix (the black hole at the center of our universe)
exists? Has it ever been scientifically verified? Can it be
“Based on the strong scientific evidence for black holes, most
people nowadays would say that it is absurd to deny
“Yet what about the existence of God?” James
points out. “What about the rights of the unborn child?
What about the absolute dignity of the human person or
the freedom of the will?”
James explained that many scientists
today, such as Richard Dawkins, Steven Hawking, and a host
of others, claim in the name of science that these
things do not exist because they cannot be scientifically verified.
scientists refuse to admit that science should not be issuing
claims for things that do not fall under the scope
of physical science,” he said. “Nor should they indoctrinate the
minds of our young generations about the non-existence of God
or the illusion of free will, in the name of
science, within the walls of the college classroom. Yet this
is exactly what they do. They use the authority of
science to promote ideas that are thoroughly unscientific, to the
detriment of our faith and our Christian culture.
|Fr. José LaBoy LC|
biltrix (missing point) for today.”
Filtering the Vast Amount of Information
showing what is missing from cultural arguments, Biltrix helps Christians
filter through the enormous amount of information online.
is easy, but finding the right information is not,” said
James. “Biltrix offers Christians relevant articles on cultural, philosophical, social
and ethical issues written from a faith-based perspective.
“We are always
on the lookout for stories to present them from the
perspective of right-reason in accord with the precepts of natural
law,” he said. “And, if necessary, we take
the ‘spin’ off of them.”
Biltrix also challenges those who attack
the Catholic Church, the dignity of human life and Christian
morality. “Such attacks abound on the Internet today,”
said James. “Biltrix aims to provide the antidote to these
attacks by warning its readers and educating them.
“If left unchallenged,
false claims will only be repeated, leading more and more
souls into error,” he said. “In the spirit of Gospel
charity, we are obliged to respond to error with truth.
If Christians don’t speak out in defense of truth, who
“God gave us the power of human reason to
seek truth, and that is why we must use this
gift to rebuke even the most well-intentioned fallacy, for the
sake of justice, love, and truth,” said James.
Biltrix founders urge
you to visit their website, www.biltrix.com, or find them
on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Biltrix), or follow them on Twitter at