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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736902082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736902083
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of Bite-Size Bible Answers, Bite-Size Bible Definitions, Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses and 5-Minute Apologetics for Today. He holds ThM and ThD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and teaches there and at several other seminaries.

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Dr. Ron Rhodes received his Th.M. and Th.D. degrees in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with honors. He is currently the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, an apologetics organization located in Texas.

The author of more than 60 books, with millions of books in print, Dr. Rhodes is a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States and Canada. As time permits, he also teaches at a number of seminaries, including Dallas Theological Seminary and Veritas Evangelical Seminary. He has been a guest on many national and regional radio and television programs produced by CBN, Trinity Television, FamilyNet Television, Cornerstone Television, Worship Television, Crossroads Christian Communications, LeSea Broadcasting, Salem Communications, USA Radio, Moody Radio, and others. He and his wife, Kerri, reside in Texas.

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Explanations like this can be found in virtually every chapter.
Merely coming up with an alternative interpretation that "tickles his ears" is not enough to invalidate opinions that differ from his own.
Arthur Sippo
Furthermore, Rhodes does not ponder the deeper theological arguments of the Universal and Historic Church.
M. Aliaga

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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful By "josemandez" on January 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book deals with most of the doctrinal disagreements between Catholics and Protestants. The best thing about this book is that it delves into many of the "proof texts" used by Catholics to support their doctrine and explains how the Catholic interpretation is false. He does a good job exposing Catholic errors regarding transubstantiation, Mary, and the Papacy. However, I was disappointed by holes in several of his arguments, including the overlooking of much Biblical material. For example, in talking about the appearances of Mary at Lourdes and Fatima, Rhodes just makes the blanket statement that God does not want to allow us to ever have contact with the dead, and that therefore these appearances are demonic impersonations. However, in making this conclusion, Rhodes ignores the appearance of Elijah and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration as well as the appearance of Samuel to Saul at Endor, both of which are Biblical examples of appearances to the dead. Also, Rhodes sometimes makes statements of great import without giving any documentation for them, such as his statement that some of the Church fathers believed in the Immaculate Conception while others did not. Not only this, but he relies on James White's book as a source at times, which is not good scholarship, since Dr. White's book is also a popular book, not written at the scholarly level. Finally, he does not devote enough time to the question of justification in the Catholic Church, and seems to just dismiss Catholicism as "works salvation" when Catholic doctrine is actually more complex than that. I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve into the subjects very deeply, but it is a decent book for getting a general picture. I would not recommend taking everything at face value, though.
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121 of 164 people found the following review helpful By "andywick" on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was so excited to get this book after I heard about its recent release at my church from some of the congregation. They hadn't read it yet but were going to buy it so I thought I would beat them to it. Well I got it and found that it has many holes in it, especially in describing papal infallibility, Mary, and the Saints. It falls back to previous books in the field such as Roman Catholicism by Loraine Boetner that was written in the 1920s, and used many myths about Catholicism that any educated Catholic could shoot down instantly because they are simply myth.
This book offers little insight into real Catholic dogma. I know because I have studied it extensively becaues I have many Catholic friends and family and have studied their faith with great scrutiny and have found much to my great sadness that their faith is in fact scriptural, and the doctrines of papal infallibility and devotion to Mary do hold water. Don't get me wrong, I am not converting, but merely stating that many of the things we believe about Catholics are myth, and trust me the Catholics are catching onto this myth.
They now have books such as Karl Keating's "Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on Romanism by Bible Christians" and "What Catholics Really Believe-Setting the Record Straight: 52 Answers To Common Misconceptions About the Catholic Faith", and Henry G. Graham's "Where We Got The Bible", and Marc P. Shea's "An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition".
It is in these books that we can truly understand the Catholic church (who best to understand it then from Catholics themselves) and then share our faith with them. After reading the above books I have come to a greater understanding of what Catholics believe and why and this has helped me in opening up dialogue with them. Anyone serious about apologetics will get these books.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given this book by a friend of mine who knew I was researching Roman Catholic teaching and my friend feels as though the teachings of the Catholic Church are not that of Christ or the early church. After reading the second page of the book (page 12 of the actual book) the actual teachings of the Catholic Church are gravely misrepresented.

The book portrays the practice of celibacy of the priesthood and praying the rosary as Catholic doctrines. However these are not doctrines, they are customs, discplines, or devotions, none of which are required for Catholics to believe and certainly not apart of what the Catholic Church calls the deposit of faith; what Christ and the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostles.

It is one thing to disagree with Catholic teaching. It is an entirely different matter to blatantly misrepresent the teaching of that church in an attempt to disprove it. Why is it that the author needs to misrepresent the teachings of the Catholic Church in order to attempt to refute them?
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34 of 48 people found the following review helpful By bill_the_great on August 25, 2003
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When I first read this book three years ago, I had already read and profited from several of Rhodes' other books. I had never really viewed Catholicism as an anti-biblical religion, however, with my Protestant background I had always felt that there was something "weird" about it. So I decided to check out his critique of Catholicism.
After reading it, I came away with the view that something was definitely more "weird" with Protestant theology than Catholic theology and that lead me to research the topic more closely and, eventually, convert to the Catholic Church.
So how could a book so thoroughly dedicated to making people not want to be Catholic, turn a person into a devout Catholic? Well for starters misleading quotes, ignoring or downplaying scirptures that directly contradict the author's views and slipping in numerous unproved assertions as though they were fact.
For instance, Rhodes insists on the idea of the perspicuity (clearness) of Scripture and that although not every verse is clear, the main doctrines are clear(saying that "in the Bible the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things"). But when he tries to answer the assertion that the Bible nowhere says that its the final authority on matters of faith and practice, he jumps back and says that there doesn't need to be an explicit statement in the Bible teaching Sola Scriptura. Wait a minute! What happened to the clearness of Scripture? Of all things, that should be a "plain thing." Moreover, Rhodes doesn't even attempt to deal with Phillip's preaching to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. An instance that directly contradicts his doctrine of perspicuity.
This sort of analysis carries over into his specific explainations of verses.
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