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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193318423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184234
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Armstrong is a Catholic apologist and author (convert from evangelical Protestantism in 1991). His conversion story is in "Surprised by Truth" (1994). He's been published in "The Catholic Answer," "This Rock," "Envoy," and other periodicals. Dave's many radio appearances include "Catholic Answers Live" and "Faith & Family Live."


His website / blog, "Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" has been online since February 1997, and contains more than 2500 papers (including 50+ separate web pages and 625+ dialogues). Sophia Institute Press has published five of his 30 books: "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism" (2003), "The Catholic Verses" (2004), "The One-Minute Apologist" (2007), "Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths" (2009), and "The Quotable Newman" (editor: 2012).

Dave was the co-author (with Dr. Paul Thigpen) of "The New Catholic Answer Bible" (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), and editor for "The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton" (Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books: 2009) and author of "100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura" (Catholic Answers, 2012).


He has been happily married to Judy since October 1984; they have three sons and a daughter and reside in metro Detroit.

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Dave Armstrong is a Catholic apologist and author (convert from evangelical Protestantism in 1991). His conversion story is in "Surprised by Truth" (1994). He's been published in "The Catholic Answer," "This Rock," "Envoy," and other periodicals. Dave's many radio appearances include "Catholic Answers Live" and "Faith & Family Live."

His website / blog, "Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" has been online since February 1997, and contains more than 2500 papers (including 50+ separate web pages and 625+ dialogues). Sophia Institute Press has published five of his 30 books: "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism" (2003), "The Catholic Verses" (2004), "The One-Minute Apologist" (2007), "Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths" (2009), and "The Quotable Newman" (editor: 2012).

Dave was the co-author (with Dr. Paul Thigpen) of "The New Catholic Answer Bible" (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), and editor for "The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton" (Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books: 2009) and author of "100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura" (Catholic Answers, 2012).

He has been happily married to Judy since October 1984; they have three sons and a daughter and reside in metro Detroit.

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He also has a blog which is great if you just want to copy and paste something more in depth, but I like the book better.
Michelle
It would also be a good book for non-Catholics to read so they can get a true picture of what the Catholic Church actually teaches and why.
Sister Jane
Here the author has assembled over 60 of the claims and arguments that protestants most frequently level against the Church.
Jusuf Hariman

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jusuf Hariman on March 19, 2009
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If you are looking for solid Catholic answers to common Protestant challenges, but don't have lots of time, then reach for this book. Here the author has assembled over 60 of the claims and arguments that protestants most frequently level against the Church. He delivers the essential Catholic replies to each claim packaged for you in a compact and uniquely usable format. This book is concise but never superficial. It cites or quotes more than a thousand scripture verses, along with the words of scores of saints and scholars, including many respected Protestant sources. The book decisively refutes common Protestant claims such as: (1). The Bible is the only infallible source of theological truth; (2). Peter is not the "Rock" to which Jesus referrred; (3). Celibacy for priests is unnatural and unbiblical; (4). The Catholic mass is an abomination; and (5). True Christian cannot fall away from salvation, inter alia. More accessible than thick theological tomes, this book is the one source you'll find yourself turning to whenever you have the need to defend the Catholic Faith quickly, credibly and well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on March 24, 2009
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This book is awesome and accurate. I've been a Catholic most of my life, but for the first time I've found myself having to defend it to my inlaws. This book has answers to most protestant misunderstands of the Catholic Church. Plus, if you are having to type most of it (like I did) to reply to someone...there is a short explanation of each instead of having to go through book like reasonings. He also has a blog which is great if you just want to copy and paste something more in depth, but I like the book better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 4, 2010
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Dave Armstrong is a convert from Protestantism who has also written other books such as A Biblical Defense of Catholicism, More Biblical Evidence For Catholicism, Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths: A Source Book for Apologists and Inquirers, The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants, and 501 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Is the Bible the Only Infallible Authority??]].

He states in the Introduction to this 2007 book, "This book continues what might be called a 'Bible and Catholicism' trilogy ... In this work, I have sought to show how Catholics can easily, decisively answer non-Catholic 'garden-variety' objections to Catholicism."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Both baptism (according to 1 Peter 3:21) and the Eucharist (John 6:53) are certainly 'essential'--indeed, necessary---for salvation." (Pg. 7)
"It is a historical fact that many biblical books were accepted only very slowly... None of this is consistent with the notion that it is easy to determine a biblical book (that is, an inspired book) simply by reading it." (Pg. 10-11)
"Paul had more far-reaching influence, it's true---especiallly theologically and in the long-term impact of his missions. His supreme greatness as an evangelist is indisputable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen in Mommyland VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
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I recently had the opportunity to delve into Dave Armstrong's The One-Minute Apologist. The book is a collection of over sixty Catholic replies to common Protestant claims. Many of the Protestant claims/arguments against Catholicism are ones which I have been faced with in the past when talking to Protestant friends or relatives, or have had questions about prior to my conversion to Catholicism. The book is separated into nine categories: scripture, the Church, the papacy, the priesthood, the sacraments, salvation, theology of God, Mary and the Saints, and other topics. Each category has several common Protestant claims (or misconceptions, if you will) and the Catholic response to those claims.

I liked the over all tone and flow of this book. There were some areas where I felt the writing was a bit dry, but the majority of the book was very readable. I liked the way the book was set up with the Protestant claim followed up with the Catholic rebuttal complete with references from either the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church to back up the Catholic answer. The vast majority of the apologetic answers are backed up with multiple scripture references and that's exactly what you want/need when you are trying to defend Catholicism to a sola scriptura Protestant.

I think this book has two valuable uses. For one, it can give a Catholic who often finds him/herself needing to respond to Protestant claims against Catholicism the answers they need to explain what it is that we, as Catholics, believe. This book could also be a great jumping off point for a Protestant who is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Sophia Institute Press in exchange for my honest review.
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