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Challenging Catholics: A Catholic Evangelical Dialogue Paperback – May 1, 2002


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842270966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842270967
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Takes long-debated issues between the Protestants and Catholics and challenges the preconceptions about of each about the faith of the other.

About the Author

Dwight Longenecker is a former Anglican minister. He is also an experienced public speaker and broadcaster with regular appearances on the BBC, London's Premier Radio, and EWTN. He works for the St. Barnabas Society, serves as a parish catechist and Eucharistic minister, and is a Benedictine oblate of Downside Abbey. John Martin is the British Aerospace Lecturer in HRM at the University of Hull.

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Dwight Longenecker was brought up as an evangelical but converted to Catholicism; he works as a freelance writer and broadcaster. He also cowrote Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate. John Martin is a former editor of the Church of England newsletter, and works as a writer, broadcaster and consultant. The Preface to this 2001 book explains, "Challenging Catholics is based on a twelve part radio conversation conducted by John Martin and Dwight Longenecker... The original idea was to produce a punchy dialogue between to informed Christian laymen---and Evangelical and a Catholic."

DL says, "Although we both venerate the Scriptures and recognise their great authority, you want them to be the final authority and I say whoever interprets the Scriptures is the final authority. The fact remains, John, that while it's fine to read the Scriptures, we always need someone to interpret the Scriptures for us." (Pg. 16)

JM admits, "as a life-long student of the Bible there are very few passages that I remain entirely fazed by. There's the stuff in early Genesis about heavenly marriages. There's an obscure passage in the early part of Exodus that seems to say that God tries to kill Moses on his way to Egypt. But I don't see that such passages carry any substantial doctrinal import." (Pg. 27-28) Later, he says, "Honest exegesis of the Matthew [16:19] passage compels me to conclude that the words of Jesus are quite straightforward. They are meant to leave us in no doubt: Peter is the rock and he was given the keys to the kingdom." (Pg.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dancing Jackaroo on April 12, 2014
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The primary strength of this book is the openness and willingness to listen that both authors bring to the table during their discussion. My background is Protestant, although I have lived in a Catholic and an Orthodox country in the past and so have a bit of familiarity with some of the theology. This book helped me gain a greater understanding of how Protestant and Catholic theology are similar, and where they differ. The most helpful insight for me was the fact that for Protestants the Bible is supreme (Sola Scriptura, after all), whereas for Catholics the Bible and the Church have equal authority, and in some ways the Church has more because it was the one that determined what books would belong in the Bible. This is not a concept that I had ever considered, and just hearing their explanation of it gave me a better understanding of how a Protestant/Catholic debate could easily go astray if this one fact were not understood. This is merely one example, but the one I found most useful.

The book had many strengths, among them the fact that both debaters have a strong background in both the Bible, church history (both of Catholicism and various strains of Protestantism), and theologians throughout history. They made their conversations accessible for lay people while still wrestling with many important topics in-depth. The respect they held for each other and the other church made it easier for readers to feel the same way. I would definitely recommend it to others who are interested in understanding the difference between these two branches of the church.

On the other hand, the book also had some weaknesses.
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By W. P. Resen on January 5, 2015
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura Longenecker on February 21, 2003
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MOST APOLOGETIC BOOKS ARE REPETITIVE AND GET RATHER DRY BUT "CHALLENGING CATHOLICS" IS CEREBRIAL AND YET WITTY.
A WONDERFUL BOOK TO ADD TO ANYONES LIBRARY.
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More About the Author

Brought up as an Evangelical. Dwight Longenecker graduated from fundamentalist Bob Jones University. While there he became an Anglican and after graduation went to Oxford to train as an Anglican priest.

After serving for ten years as an Anglican priest he converted to the Catholic faith with his wife and family. Eventually he returned to the United States to be ordained as a Catholic priest under the special provision from Rome for married former Anglican clergy.

Fr Longenecker has written over fifteen books and booklets on Catholic spirituality, apologetics and prayer. He has authored hundreds of articles which have been published in newspapers, magazines, websites and journals in the USA and the UK. His popular blog published at the Catholic portal at Patheos is called Standing on My Head. He is a popular broadcaster, conference speaker and mission speaker.

Married with four children, he now lives in Greenville, South Carolina where he serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Visit his website at http://www.dwightlongenecker.com/

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