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About the Author

Devin Rose is a Catholic writer and lay apologist. After his conversion from atheism to Protestant Christianity in college, he set out to discover where the fullness of the truth of Jesus Christ could be found. His search led him to the Catholic Church. Rose blogs at St. Joseph's Vanguard. He has written articles for Catholic News Agency, Fathers for Good, Called to Communion, and appeared on EWTN discussing Catholic-Protestant topics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Unitatis Books (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615445306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615445304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a Catholic author and lay apologist equipping Catholics to defend their faith, and helping Protestants fairly consider Catholicism's claims.

I grew up militantly atheist, then suffered from an anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and depression during college and had a radical conversion to Christ. I entered full communion with the Catholic Church in 2001 and ten years later God called me to become an apologist.

Because I've been around the block religiously (and anti-religiously), I keep an even-keeled attitude and try to avoid polemics. My philosophy is to treat people with kindness, no matter what they believe.

I'm a full-time software developer writing programs to help scientists and engineers make your world better. I used to play lots of sports but am now a husband and father and don't have time for it! Thanks for checking out my work.

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237 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on June 7, 2011
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Apologist extraordinaire Devin Rose has just released his first book. It's titled If Protestantism is True. In the book, Devin explores how things like the canon of Scripture, the saints, and Scared Tradition all lead not to Protestantism but into the Catholic Church.

The book's title reveals its primary method of exploration: If Protestantism is True leans heavily on the logical tool reductio ad absurdum, "reduction to the absurd." This method says, "If you assume A is true, then the absurd conclusion B must follow. But if you can't accept the absurdities of B, then you can't accept A either." Devin applies this tool to many traditional Protestant beliefs like sola Scriptura, the dismissal of most Sacraments, and the rejection of papal authority, unveiling the natural ramifications of each claim.

But what's great about this book is that it's not just dry, intellectual gymnastics. Devin also includes anecdotes of real people wrestling with the claims of Protestantism. In the first chapter, for example, Devin lays out his own story, explaining his journey from atheism, to Evangelical Christianity, and finally to Catholicism. Devin's conversion strengthens his arguments since he has experienced both sides of the Catholic/Protestant divide, choosing his position only after weighing the claims of each side.

Another thing I love is that the book is both charitable and intelligent--caritas in veritate, as a wise man encouraged. Many Catholic apologetical books coldly denigrate Protestantism.
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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Pamela R. Jenkins on July 23, 2011
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As a Protestant exploring the Catholic Church, I found this to be one of the best books I've read. Instead of straight-on apologetics, Mr. Rose points out the different beliefs between Catholics and Protestants, and shows the theological problems Protestants face using an "if, then" equation. That alone has made it unique among the apologetics books I've read recently.

The author is sincere, humble, and very kind in the way he makes his case for what Catholics believe, why they believe it, and how Protestantism has lead to divisions in Christianity.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Hume on August 16, 2011
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When I first got this I was a bit miffed because so many of the points seemed obvious to me. After talking to a few folks and pointing out some of the things in this book I find that it's not at all obvious to most Protestants who are convinced that the Catholic Church is wrong. I pretty much "read" my way into the Catholic Church having been brought up Fundamentalist and then becoming Lutheran in my late teens. I studied a lot and ended up being unable to avoid the conclusion that the Catholic Church is right, it is the One True Church. Unlike me, however, it seems a great many people haven't done much reading at all and simply repeat what someone has told them about the Catholic Church and their own faith as well. This book is well worth having on your bookshelf whenever you may want to be ready to point out the flaws in the arguments of those Protestants who seem to revel in trying to convert Catholics.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By The Impractical Catholic on June 21, 2011
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There are plenty of roadblocks to the reunion of Christians under one banner, and many will choose to point to one or another as the key point. Underlying them all, though, is the issue of authority. Whose interpretation of Scripture is correct? Why must we choose one interpretation over another? Is Scripture the sole infallible rule of faith, or does Sacred Tradition have a hold on us in conscience?

In defending the Protestant understanding of the individual priesthood of the believer, the anti-Catholic apologist James R. White states:

The individual priesthood of the believer does not mean there is no Church. It does not mean there are no pastors and teachers. It does not mean we are not to learn from one another, learn from the great Christians of the past, or "start from scratch" with every new generation. The doctrine does not do away with the ... authority of elders to teach and train, nor does it give license to anybody and everybody to go out and start some new movement based on their own "take" on things. While this may happen, it is an abuse of the doctrine, not an application of it (White, The Roman Catholic Controversy [1996], pp. 52-53).

However, the very abuse White decries is precisely the legacy of the individual priesthood as Martin Luther conceived it. And, as Devin Rose demonstrates in just over 150 pages, it's an inevitable consequence of the rejection of an infallible, authoritative Church.

(Full disclosure: Devin, who blogs over at St. Joseph's Vanguard, sent me the book to review.)

Devin begins the book by detailing his own gradual conversion to Christ from atheism, and his gravitation to Catholicism shortly after coming to faith.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ray Schneider on June 13, 2011
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I was put onto this book by a FaceBook page written by the wife of one of my nephews. She recommended the book as a Kindle download so I downloaded it and as my wife and I were taking some fairly extended drive, I read it aloud to my wife as we drove. I suppose I could have had the Kindle read the book out loud but computers have no personalities whatsoever.

I was struck by the books straightforward mix of personal witness, clarity, charity, and dialogue. Often one is faced in books about doctrinal differences with pages of logical dissection and critical assessment. What there was in this book of that kind of thing was largely in the voices of the originators. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin speak for themselves. The author gives an account of his own faith journey and of the faith journeys of others he has known.

He points out issues with various scriptural positions but in the form of stories, often about those who disagree with his own position pointing out their own disagreements with others. Often his summaries are not summaries of his disagreements but summaries of what must be true if those he disagrees with are right. Just the treatment is worth the price of admission.

Whatever flavor your Christianity takes, this book will give you much to ponder and do it in an entertaining and charitable way. Hard to beat that!
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