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James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The King James Only Controversy and The Forgetten Trinity. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, director of Alpha and Omega Ministries&#151a Christian apologetics organization, an adjunct professor with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He and his family live in Phoenix.

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Assumed First edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556618190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556618192
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kent Holland on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
On the positive side: James White provides in this book a thoughtful, well-researched, well-organized, and well-written analysis of the key differences in Roman Catholicism and Protestant (particularly evangelical) theology. Unlike other critiques of the Catholic faith, this book is not harsh or mean spirited. The author avoids sensationalizing or misrepresenting beliefs of Catholics, and doesn't take cheap shots like some I've read in numerous other books that seek to explain why the Catholic doctrine is inferior to that of Protestants. It should be noted, however, that in order to demonstrate what he claims the Catholic Church or the majority of Catholics believe he in some instances quotes from Catholic writers that appear to be either outside of the mainstream of current Church thinking and practices.

I read this book to get a succinct explanation of how a Baptist theologian understands what Catholics believe about the way to salvation in contrast to what Protestants believe. And this book delivered just that. In chapter 9, titled "Justified Before God: Rome's View", and chapter 10, Justified Before God: By Grace Through Faith Alone," the differences in understanding are clearly presented. All points are supported by Scripture citations and numerous footnotes to the Council of Trent, Vatican I and II, The Catholic Catechism and numerous Catholic theologians.

Regardless of whether you are Protestant or Catholic and regardless of what your personal belief is concerning the significance of good deeds (works) to your salvation, you may find useful this book's discussion of the difference in imputed and imparted justification.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 31, 2013
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James R. White is a justly famed Christian (Reformed Baptist) apologist, as well as the Director of "Alpha and Omega Ministries" in Arizona. He has written many other books, such as The Fatal Flaw, Mary--"Another Redeemer?, Answers to Catholic Claims, The Potter's Freedom, Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views, Is the Mormon My Brother?, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, "[this] work seeks to examine the central issues that separate Roman Catholics and Protestants... I firmly believe that ... there are many on both sides of this issue who are, perhaps unwittingly, sacrificing absolute truth on the altar of compromise and expediency... But for the person who wishes to ... approach the Roman Catholic/Protestant issue from a biblical perspective, the issue of TRUTH become central... it becomes quickly evident that Roman Catholics and Protestants disagree on the Gospel itself... This is not an exhaustive work. I have purposefully avoided many worthwhile areas of discussion to instead focus our attention on the CENTRAL issues." (Pg.
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49 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Labarum VINE VOICE on February 14, 2007
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In the wake of the publication of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT), there has been a lot of soul searching among Evangelical Protestants as they attempt to evaluate the proper stance that should be taken towards the Catholic Church. Among the most vocal critics of the ECT movement has been Protestant apologist James R. White who has a long record of debates and other confrontations with popular Catholic apologists.

White expresses his strong views on the Roman Church in The Roman Catholic Controversy. Among those often classified by Catholic apologists as "anti-Catholic", White certainly presents the most challenging arguments. Rather than take a "throw everything up and hope something sticks" approach common to Dave Hunt and others, he usually tries to key in on certain foundational issues and then further expand it to put forth a comprehensive critique of the Catholic system. While this approach may be sound as a general methodology, the question remains whether the critique holds up in its details.

One does have to read White carefully since his status as a controversial figure in disputes often clouds the analysis of his comments. Personally, I find many of the comments he makes in his apologetical work to be so severly strident and narrowly focused within the Reformed Baptist exegetical tradition that the usefulness of said comments in terms of gaining a proper perspective of the greatness of the Christian faith throughout history to be relatively useless. However, no matter what one makes of White's views in general, one should refrain from letting weaknesses in one area fail to allow one to see useful comments he may make elsewhere.
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