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4.0 out of 5 stars A book to end a 500 year debate
Well it probably won't, but this is the most complete book available on the issue of Sola Scriptura. I heard many arguments on both sides of the debate before I read this, and every one of them and more is examined in detail in this book. Bible verses are thouroughly examined in their context, and varying translations are even discussed rather than quoting from the...
Published on 5 Aug. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Bible-Thumping
Sungenis provides more data than most readers will care to wade through, and certainly makes a viable case. But despite his stated aim to make gracious debate, he can't help but engage the sort of heavy-handed apologetic model he learned as a Fundamentalist. Ironically, Sungenis thinks it takes a book as thick as the Yellow Pages to make the case for a position he...
Published on 18 Feb. 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars A book to end a 500 year debate, 5 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
Well it probably won't, but this is the most complete book available on the issue of Sola Scriptura. I heard many arguments on both sides of the debate before I read this, and every one of them and more is examined in detail in this book. Bible verses are thouroughly examined in their context, and varying translations are even discussed rather than quoting from the English translation that best supports the apologist's point of view, as many others have done. Frequent quotations from Protestant authors throughout the book and the inclusion of the transcript of a formal debate between Patrick Madrid and Douglass Jones in the appendix allows the reader to hear arguments on both sides of the story. The size of the book may be a turn off to some, and there is some redundancy from the multiple authors, but the book is still very much worth while. For someone who is new to studying Catholic/Protestant dividing issues, I would recommend first reading a conversion story such as Scott Hahn's or David Currie's, to get your feet wet before plunging into the deep end with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sola Scriptura Demolished, 23 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
The book _Not By Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura_ (Queenship, 1997) is surely to remain the most comprehensive response to and refutation of the primary Protestant principle well into the new millennium. And it might take me a millennium to finish reading and digesting the arguments in the book (over 600 pages).
I especially appreciate the detailed responses in the book to major Evangelical Protestant critics of Catholicism such as White, MacArthur, Geisler/Mackenzie and others. These are found throughout the book but especially in the two chapters by Bob Sungenis on the supposed Biblical support for Sola Scriptura (which is shown to be non-existent) and the answers to the few arguments for Sola Scriptura and anti-Catholic objections culled from the writings of recent Evangelical works against Catholicism. The tone is polite in response.
The most interesting and well-written chapters in my opinion are the ones by Phil Blosser and Joe Gallegos. Blosser explains the philosophical problems with Sola Scriptura in great logical detail and Gallegos puts into print his massive work on the Church Fathers (in his chapter and an appendix) on Scripture, Tradition, and Church Authority (including the Papacy). Quite comprehensive and clear patristic references included in footnotes for anyone willing to check his work.
An excellent companion to the Bob Sungenis work on Justification (Not By Faith Alone).
Phil Porvaznik
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5.0 out of 5 stars The foundation of Protestantism thoroughly refuted!, 26 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
When a Protestant discusses the faith with a Catholic the words, "show me where it says that in the Bible" will always come up. By saying this, the Protestant assumes that everything concerning faith and morals is WRITTEN explicity in the pages of Scripture. But is this assumption itself a biblical teaching?. To the surprise of most people the answer is no! The Bible nowhere states or implies that the Bible alone is the only rule of faith for the believer. Do you think differently? Then you must read this book. "Not by Scripture Alone" is a thorough review of how Scripture should be used in the life of a believer. Those who hold to the idea of Sola Scriptura, have rejected the biblical teaching of an authoritative Church (Matt 18:17) and Apostolic Tradition (2 Thes 2:15). This book handles all the issues one by one and demonstrates that a true Bible-believing Christian can not believe in the Bible Alone theory. I congratulate the authors of this fine book. I know that this book will help people come home to the fullness of the Christian faith that can only be found in the Catholic Church. Reviewed by Gospel Truth Ministries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unanswerable case against Protestant atomism, 27 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
Bob Sungenis, Peter Kreeft, Patrick Madrid and the other contributors to this great book have done an awesome job defending the timeless Catholic view of scripture and tradition. They demonstrate from numerous vectors how untenable the Protestant view is. Not only are the various Protestant interpretations of the scriptures brought forward to prove the sola scriptura theory refuted, but philosohical issues are also dealt with concerning the evil consequence of sola scripturism. I already know from experience how helpful and readable this will be for Catholics. Protestants will have their hands full and will have much to think about. I wish I had read a book like this years ago as it would have saved me alot of time wasted in the Protestant churches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sola Scriptura refuted!, 16 April 1998
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
The root of the tragic split in the Western Church is the doctrine of "sola scriptura" : the idea that the Bible *alone* is a source for Christian teaching. Not only has it split the protestants from the Catholics, but to this day it splits protestants into an ever-increasing number of denominations, as conflicting "clear meanings" of the Bible are found.
This book does an excellent job of demonstrating the problems with "sola scriptura", the biggest of which is that it simply isn't found in the Bible! This is an excellent, detailed examination of the issue, analysing the arguments currently being made by those who advocate"sola scriptura".
Highly recommened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sola scriptura disproved., 23 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
As an ex-Evangelical Protestant who converted to the Catholic Church, I'm happy to see this book come out. I used to believe in the "Bible Only" view, but my eyes were opened by God's grace when I discovered how unbiblical it really is. Bob Sungenis, Patrick Madrid and the other co-authors have compiled a powerful refutation of sola scriptura. They show how flawed it is and why it should be rejected as a "tradition of men that nullifies the Word of God." I encourage Protestants to read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Catholic Bible-Thumping, 18 Feb. 1999
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This review is from: Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Paperback)
Sungenis provides more data than most readers will care to wade through, and certainly makes a viable case. But despite his stated aim to make gracious debate, he can't help but engage the sort of heavy-handed apologetic model he learned as a Fundamentalist. Ironically, Sungenis thinks it takes a book as thick as the Yellow Pages to make the case for a position he declares to be obvious. In truth, his tome will only convince those sympathetic with his position. Why on earth the usually fine Peter Kreeft felt compelled to add his imprimatur is a puzzle.Aesthetically, as well, the book gets a B-. If Queenship really wants to establish a foothold in Catholic publishing, it needs to take lessons from the primo Ignatius Press. This one looks like it belongs next to Bible studies cranked out on someone's home computer.
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