Biblical Defense of Catholicismby Dave Armstrong
To demonstrate this, Catholic author Dave Armstrong (a former Protestant campus missionary) focuses on those issues about which
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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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I found that almost every point or "proof" of Catholicism that I read in A Biblical Defense of Catholicism was disproved by the book Reasoning From the Scripture With Catholics by Ron Rhodes. So this book was pretty much a waste of money for me. Also, the author tends to ramble and be very lengthy in his writing so the book is a tedious read.
A good book to review for the biblical references to the practices in Catholicism. A good reply to the question: "It's not in the Bible!" I would also recommend James Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers
This is an amazing book for new converts or life long catholics
The writing style is a little lofty. He risks losing his point in over long wordy illustrations . But the subject matter is well researched and documented. He does make his point. I am glad I bought this book.It is very catholic friendly and touches on very important issues. I do recommend it. It is educational and obviously a subject about which he feels very deeply.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK THAT FAITHFULLY SUPPORTS THE CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH. DAVE EXPLAINS WITH CLARITY AND PERSUASION BY THE SCRIPTURES WHY CATHOLICISM IS TRUE. ALL PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH NEEDS TO READ AND PONDER THIS POWERFUL APOLOGITIC PUBLICATION. ESPECIALLY FOLKS WHO ARE IGNORANT OF WHAT CATHOLICS REALLY BELIEVE.
Armstrong's book proves that Catholicism is not only Biblical, but it is the only Christian Church that completely encompasses the whole teaching of the Bible. Raised an Evangelical, I was taught that Catholicism is anti-biblical and quasi-pagan. But Armstrong (a former Evangelical himself) quotes an abundence of Scripture to confirm that Catholicism is actually more Biblical than Protestantism. Although not as complete as I would have liked (Armstrong only address the main points of Catholicism that Protestants have trouble with, such as Mary, the Pope, Faith vs. Works, etc), it is a great introduction to the Biblical proofs for Catholicism -esp. for Protestants like me who were fed a glutonous diet of 'sola scriptura' during childhood. Dave's arguements are clear and logical, and he quotes extensively from other Catholic theologians and apoligists when appropiate. This book will challange Prostestants presuppositions to Catholicism, while assuring Catholics that their faith is a Biblcal one, despite the misconceived accusations of Protestants. Kodos to Dave Armstrong!