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Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs Twentieth Edition,Revised Edition
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**I originaly wrote this review over four years ago, shortly after I became a believing Catholic. Since then I have noticed how people are quick to stress that this book is meant to inform and not convert, I even recieved emails about that fact, not all of them polite. I never intended for this review to make it sound like the book was about converting people to Catholicism because it certainly is not. I do believe however, that this book is a decent introduction to Catholicism for any Christian, especially non-Catholic ones, because it was written so that non-Catholics would not be offended while at the same time, getting accurate information about Catholicism. And I do not apologize for the fact that it helped me (along with several other books) in my decision to BE a Catholic. God bless you all.
His writing style is easy and likeable. He is not so bent on trying to prove, in my opinion, as much as he is trying to share the essence of Catholic beliefs to outsiders. The book is probably, though not necessarily, directed to protestants. I say this because he addresses many protetsant objections to Catholism, without seeking to enrage those on the other side. It is a sharpe way of presenting one's faith, without causing more flame to the fire.
The book is not the most detialed or academic of its kind, but this again is a strength. The layperson, who most needs to read and better understand the Catholic faith and practice, will find this book most appealling (at least I hope so). I think this was the author's intent. A great little book.
Schreck attempts to explain the major aspects of Catholicism to his readers using solid Biblical references. Most Protestants should find this very helpful in digesting some of the beliefs of the Church since I'm assuming that many of them attend Bible-based churches. Schreck makes a strong case for the belief in the Pope, quoting and referencing scriptures that many Protestants(as I once did) used against the Church. His argument for the Eucharist and the transubstantiation of it is brilliant, as he adds Biblical strength to an already strong, though tough to understand for most Protestants, argument.
When Schreck tackles touchier subjects such as the Communion of Saints and, the literal Mother of them all, Mary, he has to rely heavier on Catholic Tradition. This does make it a little easier for non-Catholics to refute these beliefs, but Schreck delivers his stance with ease and care. In other words, he states that his faith and reliance on the wisdom of the Church's elders kicks in. That's hard to argue with, and in the end, Schreck makes it clear that he isn't trying to convert anyone into becoming Catholic. Instead, he is merely stating his beliefs and the general beliefs of the Church as a whole in order to make non-Catholics a little more accepting of Catholics.Read more ›
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Filled with great information - Helped to answer many questions I've had about the Catholic faith.Published 1 month ago by Nancy
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