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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth; New edition edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851517102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851517100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, Webster blows the "catholic" argument out of the water.
Alexander Scott
My issue is not with whether or not the author/reader agrees but the fact that it is never mentioned.
Joseph Cipriani
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Roman Catholic Church.
SWR

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61 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Scott on May 3, 2003
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I believe this to be a 5-star book, but I am concerned about who reads it. I can't imagine any Catholic reading this book and believing the material; unless you're a Catholic who is genuinely questioning the authority of your church this will only get your hackles up. Protestants who are strong in their faith don't need historical evidence to be convinced of their beliefs, so I am afraid that this book will only serve to poison your spirit against Catholic brothers and sisters.
To those very close to a Catholic: this book is immensely helpful in deciding what to believe. You are bomabarded constantly with Catholic claims to "catholicity"; that is, that Christ instituted only one church (naturally, the RCC) and that all Christians everywhere and for all time have believed exactly what the RCC says. Along the same lines, Reformation beliefs are johnny-come-lately's and that Protestants should return to the "real" church. This is the most difficult argument of Catholics to wrestle with, because Bible verses can be interpreted differently as can fruits of the Spirit but history is a fact.
Well, Webster blows the "catholic" argument out of the water. He has an easy job, because he doesn't have to show that Church Fathers would have been Protestant, merely that some beliefs of each father go against modern Catholicism. By quoting historical documents (which are extensively referenced), he shows that the early Church contained a mix of "Catholic" and "Protestant" beliefs (at best) or were entirely opposed to an idea like a papacy at the beginning. He admits that the doctrine of the Eucharist is the best supported historically, but even so, some authoritative writers explicitly supported views more like Calvin's on the topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 1, 2013
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William A. Webster is a former Catholic and is now the pastor of Grace Bible Church (in the Reformed tradition) in Battle Ground, WA, and a founder of Christian Resources, Inc., a ministry dedicated to teaching and evangelism. He has also written Salvation: The Bible and Roman Catholicism and Christian: Following Christ As Lord.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1995 book, "In this book we want to consider the whole issue of Scripture and tradition. We will review the claim of Scripture to be divinely inspired and the scriptural teaching about tradition. We will then examine some of the Roman Catholic Church's distinctive and traditional doctrines, and in particular, the claim that these doctrines are based on a tradition which has been handed down from the apostles to the bishops in an unbroken succession to the present day, to see if this claim can be verified historically. The ultimate question to be addressed is this: Is Scripture the final authority in matters related to faith and practice or has God also inspired tradition, as the Roman Church claims, as the unwritten Word of God which is to carry an equal authority?" (Pg. x)

He states, "the Roman Catholic Church has officially committed and bound itself, through two ecumenical Roman Councils, to the principle of unanimous consent relative to its teachings and to its interpretation of Scripture. This is an authoritative test by which the Roman Church itself can be judged.
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39 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2001
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This book is a must read for those who are unaware of the actual extent to which historic church fathers disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church's claims on various matters of dogma. This is very important for a number of reasons: 1) The Roman Catholic Church has claimed a place as the only true legitimate church intended by Christ. 2) The Roman Catholic Church has claimed that its doctrines were universally taught by early church fathers. 3) The Roman Catholic Church insists on adherence to its dogma as requisite for salvation.
William Webster does not solely rely on openly debatable or elusive scripture passages to make his case. More impressively, Webster takes a look at the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church "on its own turf" as he quotes from the early church fathers and demonstrates how they contradicted the teachings of the Roman Church. This is a powerful argument against a church which relies on the unanimity of consent of historical early Christian Church leaders as a basis for its own credibility and divine authority.
Roman Catholics who are honest seekers of historical truth regarding the claims of their own church will appreciate the non-combative, matter-of-fact manner in which historical facts are objectively presented in this book. This is definitely not an "in your face" anti-Catholic book. Non-Catholic Christians who question Roman Catholic claims to supremacy and having an unbroken, consistent chain of theological thinking and dcotrine throughout history will appreciate the informative, concise, and organized presentation of the real historical truth.
Webster begins the book establishing the debate between Sola Scriptura (Bible alone) as a basis for Christian teaching, versus scripture and "tradition.
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