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A biblical defense of the Catholic faith
This exciting book shows that, far from straying from the Bible, Catholicism is eminently and thoroughly biblical. Indeed, Catholicism is the only Christian religion that is in full conformity with what the Bible clearly teaches.
To demonstrate this, Catholic author Dave Armstrong (a former Protestant campus missionary) focuses on those issues about which Catholics and Protestants disagree the most: the role of the Bible as a rule of faith, whether we are justified by faith alone, whether doctrine develops, what the Eucharist really is, veneration of Mary and prayer to the saints, the existence of purgatory, the role of penance in salvation, and the nature and infallibility of the papacy.
Working patiently, systematically, and, above all, charitably (and citing Church councils, the Church Fathers, canon law, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church), Armstrong begins his comprehensive examination of each of these disputed issues with an authoritative explanation of what the Catholic Church actually teaches.
Then, with skill and tenacity, he subjects each Catholic teaching to microscopic scrutiny, measuring its conformity with the Bible. Armstrong's rigorous, Scripture-packed analysis relies on hundreds of Bible passages (including verses from 229 of the 259 chapters in the New Testament!), shedding light on the meaning of those passages as well as on the meaning and truth of the doctrines in question.
The result? With a mastery of Scripture equal to that of the most committed Protestants, Armstrong demonstrates that the Catholic Church is the "Bible Church par excellence," and that many common Protestant doctrines (such as sola Scriptura) are in fact themselves not biblical.
Here is a book that challenges Protestants to reconsider their anti-Catholic assumptions; and that will lead Catholics to turn with greater confidence to Scripture, where they will find a powerful biblical defense of their Catholic faith.
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Be amazed as Dave demonstrates what Catholic catechisis and schooling has failed to teach you!! Catholicism is biblical and you have no excuse not to be as passionate as the Evangelicals down the street. At least now you can hold your own in conversation with Bible Protestants!
Makes me wonder if Vatican II foresaw the internet as a grand tool of evangelization, which isn't suprising as the HS did guide it. In that case, Dave has heeded the call of the new evangelization. Better knowledge leads to charity, rather that ignorant fear, and leads to true ecumenism.
I have been a Catholic all my life, and unfortunately, I have not been taught the Bible as in depth as the "Bible Christians". Life experience has challenged me to seek and learn more about my faith, my beliefs, and my way of worship.
I have been on many occasions have been challege by "bible christians" on my beliefs. Initially, I could offer them little to no response to their accusations towards the Catholic Faith. I am by no means a theologian now, but after reading this book, I could now go into a moderate debate and discussion with others in defense of the Catholic faith. More importantly, it allowed me to discover and learn more of "why we do what we do".
The book is very fulfilling and definitely a must read!
Thanks Dave for an amazing book.
1. Bible and Tradition
3. Development of Doctrine
4. The Eucharist
5. The Sacrifice of the Mass
6. The Communion of Saints
9. The Blessed Virgin Mary
10. The Papacy and Infallibility
1. The "Perspicuity" of Scripture
2. The Visible, Hierarchical, Apostolic Church
3. The Historical Case for the "Apocrypha"
4. The Biblical Basis for Clerical Celibacy
5. A Dialogue on Infant Baptism
6. A Dialogue on Liturgy and "Vain Worship"
One-Minute Apologist, The
Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths
Surprised by Truth 2
Church on Earth, The
Catholics and the Culture War
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