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The Roman Catholic Controversy Paperback – August 1, 1996
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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James White lays out both sides of the issue with clarity and objectivity. No matter which side of the debate you are on White presents important evidence and reasoning to allow a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bruce Landon
As a Reformed Protestant who grew up in a Roman Catholic household, I am grateful for the many good things that my Roman Catholic background gave, such as a good sense of morality... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Luis Dizon
I read this book to better understand the differences between Catholic beliefs and Protestant beliefs and the reasons for them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard P. Lahan
Dr. White explains some differences between the Catholicism and Protestantism, and urges us Protestants to not act like we are together in agreement on things when we are not. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Bahnsen Burner
White passionately and energetically picks apart Catholic teaching in this latest iteration of Protestantism at its most Protestant. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alex Tarr
I wanted to write a review of this book having been a Catholic for about 13 years now. I am trying very hard to give James White a fair shake. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JackBauer
Good book, I recommend you read, came in good condition and on time. Thank YouPublished 13 months ago by Freddy G. Castaneda
Straight forward presentation with Biblical proofs showing where Roman Catholicism departs from the Scriptures and ancient Apostolic teaching. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thomas Baldino