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Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics Paperback – January 1, 2000
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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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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.
1. Even though the book claims to be reasoning "from Scriptures", it in fact relies heavily on something else - the theories and interpretations of some U.S. Evangelical Protestant SCHOLARS who, allegedly, help us "understand the real meaning" of controversial biblical passages. Paradoxically, this serves as a perfect illustration of the Catholic truth that the Scriptures cannot be understood in isolation (as if they just "fell from heaven"), and that we (the Church) need SOMETHING ELSE in making sense of God's revelation. Now, where do we find this "something else"? In the latest generation of Ph.D. graduates from U.S. Evangelical Protestant colleges? What is this "something else" that we need (clue: it is also mentioned in the Bible)? Academic scholarship? Or perhaps SHEPHERDSHIP (apostolic authority guided by the Holy Spirit through history - i.e., tradition)?
2. Even though the book claims to be based on Scripture alone, it does resort quite a bit to theology--although only the kinds of theories that support the views of SOME U.S. Evangelical Protestant traditions. Furthermore, Rhodes does not ponder the deeper theological arguments of the Universal and Historic Church. Even though Rhodes seems to have read the Catechism and a few papal documents, he does not meditate long enough on what they say and mean.
3. The very title of the book assumes as a given what Catholics since apostolic times never believed or practiced: That the Christian message is to be discerned from Scripture alone, without reference to the living and ongoing tradition of the Christian community and its pastors, guided by the Holy Spirit. This "sola scriptura" assumption was not St. Paul's approach, nor St. Luke's, nor St. Justin Martyr's, nor St.Read more ›
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Clear concise information about MANY of the false teachings within Roman Catholicism. Having spent 3 years in a Catholic seminary, this is teaching that will clarify what our Lord,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim San Hamel
There are many good points in this book, Some departures from scripture I found on my own before hand and most I learned from this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JT
great tool for where I live up in Berlin,NH, there are alot of Catholics up here.Published 12 months ago by Douglas
I ordered this book for my husband and he loves it. He uses it as a witnessing tool.Published 12 months ago by C. Benjamin
Excellent book on Catholic theology and with the included questions to ask Catholics these make the book even better. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Wolf
Great Book. Very informative and easy to use in researching the differences.
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