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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933919590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933919591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dave Armstrong is a Catholic apologist and author (convert from evangelical Protestantism in 1991). His conversion story is in "Surprised by Truth" (1994). He's been published in "The Catholic Answer," "This Rock," "Envoy," and other periodicals. Dave's many radio appearances include "Catholic Answers Live" and "Faith & Family Live."


His website / blog, "Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" has been online since February 1997, and contains more than 2500 papers (including 50+ separate web pages and 625+ dialogues). Sophia Institute Press has published five of his 30 books: "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism" (2003), "The Catholic Verses" (2004), "The One-Minute Apologist" (2007), "Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths" (2009), and "The Quotable Newman" (editor: 2012).

Dave was the co-author (with Dr. Paul Thigpen) of "The New Catholic Answer Bible" (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), and editor for "The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton" (Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books: 2009) and author of "100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura" (Catholic Answers, 2012).


He has been happily married to Judy since October 1984; they have three sons and a daughter and reside in metro Detroit.

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Dave Armstrong is a Catholic apologist and author (convert from evangelical Protestantism in 1991). His conversion story is in "Surprised by Truth" (1994). He's been published in "The Catholic Answer," "This Rock," "Envoy," and other periodicals. Dave's many radio appearances include "Catholic Answers Live" and "Faith & Family Live."

His website / blog, "Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" has been online since February 1997, and contains more than 2500 papers (including 50+ separate web pages and 625+ dialogues). Sophia Institute Press has published five of his 30 books: "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism" (2003), "The Catholic Verses" (2004), "The One-Minute Apologist" (2007), "Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths" (2009), and "The Quotable Newman" (editor: 2012).

Dave was the co-author (with Dr. Paul Thigpen) of "The New Catholic Answer Bible" (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), and editor for "The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton" (Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books: 2009) and author of "100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura" (Catholic Answers, 2012).

He has been happily married to Judy since October 1984; they have three sons and a daughter and reside in metro Detroit.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Devin Rose on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
What?! There are biblical arguments against sola Scriptura? It's true. And Dave Armstrong came up with one hundred of them in his new book, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura.

The book is concise, coming in at around 130 pages, and can be read in a several hours' time. So this is a fun and fast read.

Dave lays out what sola Scriptura is by quoting from several Protestant apologists and scholars--no straw-men here--and then dives right in to the arguments against the doctrine. Most are short, from one paragraph to a page; he gets right to the point and doesn't waste words.

I found many of the arguments interesting, and lots I had never thought of before (great job, Dave!). Argument 9, for example, quotes from Nehemiah 8:7-8 when the Jewish leaders interpreted the "the law" in "the book" for the people. Another one is in argument 13, where Matthew 2:23 is quoted "He shall be called a Nazarene," yet Dave points out that this prophecy is found nowhere in the Old Testament.

In argument 41, he hits the nail on the head:

"Protestants grant to individuals the authority to decided...what is true and what isn't, while denying it to the Church. This makes no sense. If Protestantism discounts the Church's binding authority because the Church is made of fallible, sinful men, then they have to discount every individual's interpretation, since each person is a fallible sinner, too!"

I and others have made a similar argument regarding the canon of Scripture. Why should I believe that God would guide me personally to know which books are inspired and not guide His Church on the matter?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on June 13, 2012
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The prolific Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has a new book out 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura which was published by Catholic Answers.

Now there is a certain irony in taking apart Sola Scriptura via the scriptures but you have to stay within a certain framework when dialoging with others. Jesus when talking to the Sadducees only quoted from the Pentateuch since this was all they accepted. So this apologetical pattern certainly applies here.

Now first off when discussing Sola Scriptura it is best to define terms first. How Catholics might define Sola Scriptura can be quite simplistic compared to how many Protestants would understand it. So Dave Armstrong starts the book by quoting prominent Protestants as to exactly how Sola Scriptura is defined.

Many of the arguments Dave Armstrong used are quite nuanced and interesting and go beyond some run-of-the-mill typical apologetics replies concerning the topic. In many ways Protestantism stands or falls on this since there must be some method of authority to answer questions. If you abandon the authority of a physical teaching Church than Sola Scriptura makes what appears as an acceptable fallback position. It is not enough to just refute Sola Scriptura though. Dave Armstrong as he methodically presents his arguments also sets the case for the understanding of authority presenting the three-legged stool of Scripture-Teaching Church-Sacred Tradition. He does this in a structured way discussing the authority of tradition, authority of the Church, and then answering common arguments used to defend Sola Scriptura.

Apologetics books of this type can be for dry reading, but I did not find that here as I was so interested by the arguments made and how they were presented. Certainly an excellent resource for the apologetic toolbox and one that goes in-depth on a fundamental topic.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teófilo de Jesús on July 3, 2012
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Sola scriptura is dead, or at least is undead, a zombie still stalking the darkened hallways of Protestantism. Many well-meaning Protestant Christians don't see the zombie-dogma for what it is; instead, they choose to see it as a being of light. My friend Dave Armstrong has returned to blow the old decrepit sola scriptura monsters one at a time in his latest work, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura.
Let's recall the definition of the sola scriptura dogma - yes, it is a dogma - as understood by Norman Geisler, a recognized Protestant authority Dave quotes in his work:

By sola scriptura orthodox Protestants mean that Scripture alone is the primary and absolute source of authority, the final court of appeal, for all doctrine and practice (faith and morals)... (p.16)

Geisler, and authorities Dave quotes, further explain that other authorities exist, but that these are of secondary importance. Geisler also defends what he calls the perspicuity of Holy Writ, which means that anyone can understand the basic truths of Scripture: the plain things are the main things and the main things are the plain things, Geisler states. (p.17). As a true analyst, Dave separated the sola scriptura dogma into its constituents claims, found out its contents, examined its individual parts, and studied the structure of sola scriptura as whole. He found them defective and insufficient to expound and explain the full spectrum of Christian claims.

Dave kills the sola scriptura zombie by selecting 100 verses from Scripture contradicting this central Protestant claim.
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