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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612785387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612785387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well researched discussion points - very well done.
steven John Williams
This book is a great read, giving easy to understand reasonings for the most common "why do you believe that?" points in the faith.
Al B.
This book was and is an excellent read for anyone interested in the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Gabriel Bernal

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on June 25, 2012
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When I heard Austen Ivereigh was writing a new book on apologetics, I was thrilled. Austen is the man responsible for "Catholic Voices", a mostly-lay evangelistic group based in England. The group was created during Pope Benedict's visit to the United Kingdom in September 2010 to ensure that Catholics and the Church were well represented in the media.

As in America, the English media tends to paint the Church in a bad light. Subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, it depicts the Church's views as archaic and oppressive, while interviewing angry anti-Catholics about the Church's own teachings.
Austen wanted to change that. So using his media background and expertise, he gathered several lay Catholics and trained them in both apologetics and media skills. The goal was to create Catholics who could articulate Catholic teaching in a reasonable, charitable way.

The group was a tremendous success. Before, during, and after the Pope's visit, the "Catholic Voices" crew was featured on radio, interviewed on television, and were even invited to several public debates. In many cases, they were able to shift the public perception of Catholicism and change hearts and minds.

Two years later, Austen has gathered everything they've learned from these exchanges into a new book titled, How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 144 pages). The book is a goldmine of tips and advice on reframing several of the most contentious Catholic issues.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jack on August 6, 2012
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This book is an excellent addition to my library. The author eloquently and reasonably states the Roman Catholic Church's position on a number of issues that often cause conflict and emotional responses, such as same sex marriage and abortion. The author doesn't only focus on the Church's rationale for its positions on these issues, but he acknowledges the positive values that may cause those with differing views to contest the Church's positions. I especially appreciated that aspect of the author's book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Bernal on September 2, 2012
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This book was and is an excellent read for anyone interested in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Even though it was written, not as an exposition of Catholic Doctrine, you can learn much doctrine, it was written to teach, in summary, truths to those brothers and sisters whose negative Views of Catholicism elicit in them such bigotry against Catholics. This book will, in a persuasive way, challenge their bigotry, and learn that there is nothing nefarious about Catholicism, there are no albino monks out to get ya, just me,lol.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Esbenshade on August 13, 2012
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The book came in great condition, as usual. The book is an excellent discussion of how Christian Catholics can present Church teachings without offending others or being argumentative. Excellent insights on how to refute or deflect arguments of non-believers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 24, 2012
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This book was given to me by Our Sunday Visitor in exchange for an honest review. How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice is a brief study in Apologetics. Although, there are many subtopics under the umbrella of Apologetics, this book focuses on civil issues including politics, homosexuality, euthanasia, and abortion to name a few. Each of these topics and the many more in this book are all considered hot-button political topics, but the Catholic Church remains steadfast in her views.

Each chapter starts off with common questions or objections people have, such as "Why does the Church oppose allowing people to choose the time of their own death?" or "Why should the Church be allowed to discriminate against gay people when the law forbids it?" The author then takes the emotion out of this argument and explains why the Church teaches what it teaches. While Mr. Ivereigh is very thorough in his explanations, the summaries at the end of each chapter are my favorite parts of the book. Perhaps, that is just my preference for succinct answers though.

Overall, this book is an invaluable resource that deserves a spot on your shelf. You might still raise your voice, as these topics always can cause an emotional response, but this book will provide you better ammunition. Therefore, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. And might I also add that I think this book is an essential gift for the high school graduate. Your new "adult" will encounter a lot of liberal professors and peers in college and will need to know how to defend themselves against others and even self-doubt that could creep into their minds. Make sure to get a copy for them and yourselves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ReneeSuz VINE VOICE on February 25, 2013
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How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot-Button Issues is a book that seeks to guide the average Catholic in defending his faith especially in relation to neuralgic topics - those issues that touch a nerve. In order to be a team of ordinary Catholics to speak to the media, Catholic Voices devised a 'method' prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in 2010. Apologists need to not be defensive nor aggressive and 'reframe' the criticism of the Church or Her teachings by looking for the 'positive intention'

The book covers a wide range of topics from politics to pro-life issues to women in the Church. Each chapter begins with typical criticisms in the form of questions that many of us might hear in our ordinary day-to-day life. The positive intention is then offered along with pages of explanation and concluding with the existing frame, the reframe and key messages.

I found this book did a very good job of explaining nine neuralgic topics and the reasons the Church believes and teaches. I will be the first to admit I am not a very good apologist and living in the South run into more than my share of criticisms of the Church. Just this past weekend, someone asked me about the selection of the new Pope and I made a comment about it being a very prayerful decision guided by the Holy Spirit. Another individual at the table made a snide remark about pedophiles and I was tongue tied - I will be rereading Chapter 5: Clerical Sex Abuse.

How to Defend the Faith is a book I will come back to time and time again to refresh my memory on how to respond to criticisms of the Church. It's also an excellent resource for Catholic college students who want to evangelize on campus and for RCIA students.

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