Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith

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Unbelievers, doubters and skeptics continue to attack the truths of Christianity. Handbook of Catholic Apologetics is the only book that categorizes and summarizes all the major arguments in support of the main Christian beliefs, including key distinctively Catholic doctrines. Also included is a Protestant-friendly treatment of Catholic-Protestant issues. The Catholic answers to Protestant questions show how Catholicism is the fullness of the Christian faith.

An expanded, Catholic edition of the popular book Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Handbook of Catholic Apologetics is full of the wisdom and wit, clarity and insight of philosophers Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli. This is an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Whether you are asking the questions yourself or want to respond to others who are, here is the resource you have been waiting for.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586172794
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 156,324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Kreeft, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including Fundamentals of the Faith, You Can Understand the Bible, Catholic Christianity, Because God is Real, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing and Summa of the Summa.

Ronald Tacelli, S.J., is associate professor of philosophy at Boston College and has published articles in the Public Affairs Quarterly and Dowside Review.

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Table of Contents

A Personal Preface 9

Part 1 Introduction 11

1 The Nature, Power and Limitations of Apologetics 13

2 Faith and Reason 30

Part 2 God 49

3 Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God 51

4 The Nature of God 95

Part 3 God and Nature 107

5 Four Problems of Cosmology 109

6 The Problem of Evil 127

Part 4 God and Grace 155

7 The Divinity of Christ 157

8 The Resurrection 185

9 The Bible: Myth or History? 211

Part 5 God and Glory 235

10 Life after Death 237

11 Heaven 271

12 Hell 297

13 Salvation 332

Part 6 Conclusions 359

14 Christianity and Other Religions 361

15 Objective Truth 382

16 The Bottom Line 408

17 Twenty Catholic Capstones to Christian Apologetics 417

Bibliography 459

Subject Index 467

Scripture Index 489

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    An Apologetics Classic

    An indispensable resource for all catechists and for anyone who wishes to become more aware of the integral and synergistic relationship of faith and reason. Comprehensive in scope, authorative, clearly and concisely wtitten, reader friendly, it is an invaluable refernce book. I have given several copies to other catechists and they LOVE it. I think it is the best in its field. If you have a question, this is the book for the answer

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Great book

    This book helped me return to Christianity. Read it and learn how reason and faith work hand in hand.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    A magnificent book of true wisdom

    Philosophy has been called "the Great Conversation" because philosophers have debated great ideas in great books for centuries. Among the most important topics in philosophy are "Is there a God, and if so, what is His nature?", "What is the meaning of life?" and "Does man have a life after death?"

    This superb book does an outstanding job of summarizing the arguments both pro and con for these (and other) topics. The book is clear, concise, cogent, fair and convincing. This book demonstrates that the odds are in favor that God exists, that man has an immortal soul, and that the purpose of life is that "God's work on earth must truly be our own."

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton and Clive Staples Lewis were great popularizers of Christian apologetics, and the Handbook is a worthy addition to that tradition. This book is truly one of the Great Books of the Western World and I give it my highest recommendation. One of the key measure of any book is "Is it true?" and "If it's true, so what?" This book is true, and the consequence is that the reader will realize that Christianity is true.

    This is the best Christian book on apologetics available, and that is quite an achievement.

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