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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898701775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898701777
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book was well written and articulated very well.
Ken Maddock
Anyway, a truly remarkable book to be enjoyed, and read many, many times over...
Aaron Wise
Karl Keating does an excellent job of presenting the Roman Catholic faith.

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237 of 249 people found the following review helpful By K. Fontenot TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very powerful book. I say that having been a Bible thumpin' Protestant for most of my short life. I was raised as a Southern Baptist, but during my teen years I began to "feel out" various other Christian faiths in an attempt to find the one that was right for me. These included the C.O.G.I.C, Congregational, Pentecostal, many variations of Southern Baptists, and mulitple non-denominational churches. What I found in each of these was a set of core beliefs that did have Biblical basis, but plenty of "gray areas" that were often open to personal beliefs or, as Mr. Keating mentions in his book, the beliefs of the preacher at each church. I continued my search, running into plenty of "feel good" churches that wanted to accept a person for what they were, with no real definitions of what may or may not be right and wrong. Certain things were obviously wrong, like murder, theft, coveting other's things, etc.(also known as the Ten Commandments). However, things like contraception, alcohol consumption, and even things such as abortion weren't clearly defined. My search continued, uneventful and often with disappointment, until I met a woman who introduced me to the Catholic Church. Not only did I find that most of the things I thought I knew about the Church were unintentionally ignorant teachings from people I knew and trusted, many of them were out-and-out intentionally misleading. I was originally given "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" early on in my study and investigation of the Church. I must admit that I was initially turned off by Keating's sometimes brash style of writing. I put the book away for a long time but always kept it in arm's length. I entered the Church in 2000, but could not pick up this book until the end of 2005.Read more ›
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193 of 207 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on June 29, 2000
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From the perspective of this non-Roman Catholic clergyman, historian, and theologian, Karl Keating has done an excellent job of identifying "anti-Catholicism" for what it is, while at the same time, providing clear answers to questions Protestants frequently ask of Catholics.
The book's only significant flaws lie in the tendency of the author to:
1) Not always clearly differentiate between "anti-Catholicism" (which is morally equivalent to anti-Semitism or racism) with legitimate theological disagreement.
2) Lump together many Protestant groups that frankly don't necessarily fall under the category of "fundamentalist", ie. Evangelicals and Pentecostals.
Other than this, however, Keating has done an excellent job. He has certainly raised the standard of debate for Protestant Christians by demonstrating the obvious silliness (and in some cases, deliberate dishonesty) of several of the major "anti-Catholic" organizations. A Protestant apologist who encounters a Catholic familiar with Keating's material will have to rely on a grasp of Protestant theology, instead of (all too typical) third-rate propaganda.
This book has really caused me to think. I thank Mr. Keating for writing it. May God bless us all as we continue to search for His Truth in all its fullness.
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288 of 315 people found the following review helpful By D. Peterson on June 3, 2000
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I don't know whether Mr. Keating or his fellow Catholics will welcome or much appreciate a commendation from a very committed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- I know his fundamentalist despisers won't -- but here goes anyway. There may in fact be some added value in a positive review from someone who is, on the whole, neutral between the claims of Protestantism and those of Rome.
I think this is a fine book. It makes a good, solid case for Catholicism, but, not surprisingly, that isn't the aspect of it that interested me most.
Mr. Keating is devastating in his critique of Protestant fundamentalist anti-Catholic propaganda, including Lorraine Boettner's dreadful book. I've had a great many dealings with the same kinds of people and literature -- sometimes with the very same individual specimens -- and he is precisely right in what he says about them. They are not to be trusted nor relied upon. I've found exactly the same methodological flaws in their work that he has -- to say nothing of the same tone and the same rather ungodly zeal to condemn others.
I enjoyed this book very much, and have cited it approvingly in several things that I myself have written. I recommend it highly.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
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I was raised in a Fundamentalist church and was very happy there until about four years ago when I strangely began to feel that something was....missing. I couldn't put my finger on what it was. I began praying about this odd notion of mine, asking the Holy Spirit to lead me to a place of spiritual fulfillment.
When those first few Catholics and their books on apologetics came across my path, I was aghast. Surely God wouldn't call me to become CATHOLIC! Why, everybody knows that Catholics aren't even saved! Catholics defy the Second Commandment and worship idols! Catholics wrongly believe that you have to confess your sins to a priest! Every true Christian knows that we don't even NEED priests! Whatever else Catholics believe, it is wrong. Period.
This book was one of the books I was given. Karl Keating explains the major misconceptions of Catholicism so clearly. I finished this book in one day and when I closed it, I felt that I had been set free to worship God in the most satisfying, most spiritually fulfilling, most Spirit-led way ever devised by, well, God. I am now in RCIA class along with my husband (who was raised in a church that is typically stridently anti-Catholic) and we are experiencing spiritual growth that neither of us have ever known before. I feel now that I am not walking with the Lord daily -- it's more like a minute-by-minute thing, this closeness I feel to our incredible Jesus.
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