Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist

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Over the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside Catholic apologetics from Madrid's vantage point on the frontlines. With some of his earlier works, he will also explain how his thinking has changed and developed over the years. This is a summary of the legacy of Patrick Madrid's far-reaching public ministry.

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Over the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside Catholic apologetics from Madrid's vantage point on the frontlines. With some of his earlier works, he will also explain how his thinking has changed and developed over the years. This is a summary of the legacy of Patrick Madrid's far-reaching public ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616364847
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 1,124,440
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK MADRID is the publisher of Envoy magazine, a quarterly journal of Catholic thought, and director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. A popular author, his books include Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know. Madrid also hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio's Open Line broadcast, heard coast-to-coast on over 180 stations across the United States, as well as on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He is a regular guest and occasional fill-in host on the Catholic Answers Live radio program and Sirius Radio's The Catholic Channel.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Section 1 Sola Scriptura 1

Sola Scriptura: A Blueprint for Anarchy 4

Going Beyond 23

Don't Touch That Bible! 27

Those "Extra" Books in the Bible 33

A Catholic/Protestant Debate on Sola Scriptura Between Patrick Madrid and Douglas Jones 36

The Madrid/Jones Dialogue on Scripture and the Church 43

Section 2 Comparative Religions 53

Modern Art and Muslims 57

Mormon Missionaries: My First Encounter 60

In Search of the Great Apostasy 64

The Iconoclast Heresy 72

A Short Course on Judaism 75

A Short Course on Hinduism 79

Picking Fruit and Petting Animals 82

Saturday or Sunday? 85

What's New About the "New Atheism"? 88

Section 3 Saints and Holy People 95

Blessed Miguel Pro, Modern Martyr 98

Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine 103

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant: A Biblical Look at the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 118

Does Honoring Mary and the Saints Offend God? 125

Rapid City's Straight-Talking Bishop 132

Frank Sheed: The Prophet of Hyde Park 149

Divine Word Missionaries in the American South 158

Section 4 All Things Catholic 163

An Interview With The Wanderer Newpaper 166

Wine or Whine? 172

Pope Fiction: Answers to Five Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy 176

More Vicarius Thrills: The Numbers of the "Beast" and the Men Who Flub Them 192

Guess What, Mom 204

Purgatory: God's Emergency Room for Sinners 211

Common Sense Checked at the Door 224

A Big Blast of Smells and Bells: Discovering the Catholic Church's Eastern Rite 233

When Opportunity Knocksā€¦ 241

Sects and Sin in Manila 242

Section 5 Life, Morality, and Scandals 251

The Five Most Pathetic Words: "I Am a Pro-Choice Catholic," 255

N.O.W., Hear This! 261

Here Comes the Son 263

They Will Know We Aren't Christians by Our Hate! 265

The Porn Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost 267

This Is No Time for Happy-Face Stickers 270

Section 6 Prayer, Forgiveness, and Doing the Right Thing 275

How I Pray Now 278

Life Is Short. Pray Hard. 282

Are Novenas No-Nos? 285

Forgiveness 289

Do the Right Thing 295

Forgive From the Heart 299

Fatherhood 303

An Embarrassing Case of Sacramental Mistaken Identity 308

If You Love Them, Tell Them 311

Epilogue: "Pat-Pourri" 315

Notes 317

Index 325

Scripture Index 337

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

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    Defending the faith

    In the introduction to his new book, Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid describes the nature of apologetics and gives some background on his 25-year career in the field. He defines apologetics as offering a reasoned defense of something, in this case, the Catholic faith. A cradle Catholic from a devout home, Madrid began working with Karl Keating of Catholic Answers in 1988. Keating, a San Diego lawyer, was producing a newsletter and writing tracts on Catholicism, which he attached to car windshields in response to “papering” by fundamentalists attacking the Church. In the late ‘80s he gave up his law practice in favor of full-time apologetics. Early in their association, Madrid and Keating connected with Scott Hahn, a former minister who had converted to Catholicism, and shared their goals regarding apologetics. Madrid captures the excitement and challenges in the late 1980s and early ‘90s as Catholic apologetics experienced a resurgence: debating, teaching, speaking, writing and, above all, learning. The theme of growth in the practice of apologetics comes up throughout the book, which consists of material Madrid has produced (mostly written, but also in broadcast media) during his career. Most pieces are blueprints for meeting specific criticisms of Catholic dogma in sections such as comparative religions (for example, Muslims and Mormons) and life, morality, and scandals (for example, “pro-choice” Catholics and radical feminists). In addition, Madrid offers copies of his two written debates with a Reformed Evangelical Protestant; an essay on Frank Sheed, whom he considers one of the twentieth century’s greatest apologists; and personal reflections on prayer and fatherhood. He points out that learning about our own faith and that of our detractors is basic to fulfilling our call to evangelize. This book, Envoy for Christ, is a good starting place.

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