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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; Revised edition edition (Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832959
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By on 1 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
Dave Armstrong has been running an excellent website for a while now, and this book has many qualities in common with his Catholic apologetics site - it is very well-written, tightly-argued, and deals with the issues of the greatest importance when it comes to discussing Catholicism with Bible-only Christians. The extensive quotation from famous Christians serves well to reinforce Armstrong's own impressively lucid commentary on the Biblical texts.
Recommended for Catholics wanting to know more about the Scriptural foundations of their Faith (questions such as justification by faith and works, the Eucharist, the Sacrifice of the Mass, Purgatory, the role of Mary, are dealt with in detail), and also for Protestant/Orthodox Christians interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. Might upset some fundamentalists, though; it demolishes all of their favourite arguments against Catholic Christianity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Blyth on 6 Mar 2013
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One of the most troubling features of today's Euro-American Catholic Laity is that while many are prepared to offer their opinions about 'what the Catholic Church should do', and why, they find it difficult, when asked, to relate their ideas to any understanding of its essential doctrines. The reason for their embarrassment is, on the whole, an inadequate religious education both at home and in schools, and that inadequacy itself derives from a reaction against the dogmatic style of instruction which operated on the basis that faith could be reduced to a series of premises, which, if logically followed, led to a set of unarguable conclusions. This approach had its origins in mediaeval scholasticism and was intensified by the Church's combative response to the Reformation, but by the middle of the last century, many lay people, and much of the junior clergy. were coming to believe, firstly, that it was unhelpfully defensive; secondly, that it put too much emphasis on 'the law'; and, thirdly, that it had the undesirable effect of perpetuating division. Meanwhile, the spread of attitudes based on higher biblical criticism made people more inclined to question the Church's key contention - namely that the faith derived directly from the teaching of Jesus Christ, transmitted by the Apostles, elaborated by the fathers, and rendered conclusive in the formulations of the Ecumenical Councils. Furthermore. the authoritarian style was unattractive to an age in which conformity to the prescriptions of any institution could be regarded as the endorsement of an unwarrantable interference in the rights of individuals to make choices, to fashion lifestyles, and to follow conscience.Read more ›
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127 of 141 people found the following review helpful
Might Supplant Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism 25 Dec 2001
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An amazing book by the amazing online apologist, Dave Armstrong.

Covers the biblical evidence for those Catholic doctrines that typical Evangelicals/Fundamentalists find problematic: Tradition, Justification/Salvation, Development of Doctrine, Eucharist, Sacrifice of the Mass, Communion of Saints, Purgatory, Penance/Reconciliation, the Blessed Mother, the Papacy and infallibility. Appendices on perspicuity, the visible Church, the OT deuterocanonicals, celibacy, infant baptism, and liturgy.

Quotes from major Catholic writers and official statements of doctrine.

This book is arguably more thorough than the previous best book on the subject: Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism. Dave Armstrong's Biblical Defense of Catholicism might supplant Keating's book in the future if the word gets out...

Could some Evangelicals/Fundamentalists find "problems" with some of Dave's interpretation of Scripture and its applicability to Catholic dogma? Sure, but so do most Protestants find "problems" with their fellow Protestants interpretation of Scripture. This book by Dave Armstrong proves that Catholicism is AT LEAST as "biblical" as any so-called Protestant "Bible Church" of whatever denomination, sect or cultic persuasion.

Catholics have the Bible, Tradition, the early Fathers, the early Saints and Doctors on our side. The overwhelming evidence is there for anyone looking with an open mind: the Catholic Church is the original and historic Church Christ founded! Get Dave's book and examine the evidence for yourself! Forget Dave Hunt, James G. McCarthy, James R. White, Norm Geisler, R.C. Sproul -- or rather read them along with this book which demolishes them all!!!

Support this man, his ministry, his huge web site, and his powerful biblical apologetics! Buy this book in bulk!!!
Don't forget the sequel More Biblical Evidence and anything else written by Dave Armstrong.

39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Very informative and a great read! 26 Nov 2003
By adrian - Published on
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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.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
If the Bible is a mystery to you then get this... 28 Jan 2004
By Gregory J. R. Bourke - Published on
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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 evangelisation, which isn't suprising as the HS did guide it. In that case, Dave has heeded the call of the new evagelisaion. Better knowledge leads to charity, rather that ignorant fear, and leads to true ecumenism.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Winning Converts, not just Arguments... 11 Nov 2001
By Pete Vere - Published on
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With the Second Vatican Council's renewal in the Catholic Church has also come a renewed interest in Catholic apologetics and evangelism. As one who labors in these fields, I know from experience Dave Armstrong is one of the best kept secret of Catholic evangelism. Dave's honesty and sincerity has brought numerous people into the Catholic Church, and his work has been featured in The Catholic Answer, Envoy, and This Rock - the three staples of Catholic apologetics in North America. He is one of many former Protestant evangelists who have come into the Catholic Church over the past decade, yet he is different in that he never found himself hating the Catholic Church. "I always regarded Catholics as brothers in Christ," Dave recently stated in an interview, "My wife and I even played John Michael Talbot songs at our wedding, six years before my conversion."
What is now Dave's first book was originally lengthy explanations of Catholic distinctives intended to bolster his confidence in and understanding of the Catholic Church, so that he could explain himself to his Protestant friends. Those of us who have worked with Dave in the past have long suspected this manuscript exists, but until recently Dave never thought of publishing it. I am thankful for its publication, however, since it is not only enjoyable and easy to read, but it presents a fresh style of apologetics. For Dave, the goal is not simply to win an argument, but to win converts.
Thus Dave initially sets out to find common ground with the Church's separated brothers and sisters in Christ. These folks are not treated as opponents, but rather as fellow Christians seeking the full Gospel message preserved by the Catholic Church. In such way, Dave follows St. Paul's injunction: "I have become all things to all men, that by all means I may save some." To Dave, this is all a part of being as charitable as we can in presenting Catholic claims. And Charity is both supremely important and indispensable when engaged in Catholic evangelism. "I think people are far more influenced by Charity than by the arguments themselves," Dave instructs the potential evangelist, "People are ultimately convicted and converted by the Holy Spirit and grace. God may use our paltry efforts now and then, but they are always a small part of the large picture. Our greatest influence on a human level is the charity we show. All people respond to love, but they don't all respond to arguments and reasoning. Separate people from their ideas, and believe the best of them, as Paul tells us to do in 1 Corinthians 13. As St. Francis said: `preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, even using words."
To this insight, let me add my own "Amen!" I love that particular quotation from St. Francis of Assisi, which is why I also love Dave's book and the refreshing style he brings to Catholic apologetics and evangelism.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
GREAT DEFENSE !!! 21 Jan 2003
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I thought the book was great and very informative
of our Catholic Faith. I appreciate Mr.Armstrong's & Mr. Hardon's great arguments of the Faith. Great book and
Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great
overview and what to cover during and for
defense of the Catholic Church.
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