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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; First Edition edition (March 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898707730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898707731
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without this chapter, the book merits only three stars.
GangstaLawya
"The Usual Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists" by Keating is a good first book for Catholics to read in order to answer attacks on their religion.
Patricia Disabatino
This is a great book for "Cradle Catholics" and anyone who wants to know the Catholic response to attacks on their faith.
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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Frederick A. Costello on March 26, 2001
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The author helps Catholics answer arguments from Evangelicals, including answer the widely available, anti-Catholic video Catholicism: Crisis in Faith. Uncharitable statements make this book unsuitable to give non-Catholics. Can you answer charitably the following criticisms without looking at the answers? The book has the full answers.
1. Catholics worship statues whereas Exodus 20:4 says: "Thou shalt not make graven images."
The condemned graven images are those worshipped. God commands cherubs adorn the Ark (Exodus 25) and a bronze serpent be made to cure snake bites (Nm 21:9).
2. In general, how do you resolve apparent contradictions in Scripture?
Biblical contradictions are due to our interpretation, not the text (St. Augustine, Fr. William Most).
3. Catholics pray to saints whereas 1 Timothy 2:5 says: "There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
We ask the saints for their prayers just as we ask friends. God knows our prayers and the saints see them in God's mind. In Rv 8:4, saints carry to God our prayers. Moses and Samuel were dead, but their intercessions were important (Jer 15;1)
4. Catholics say that Mary was ever virgin, yet Scripture speaks of the "brethren of the Lord."
Aramaic had no word for cousins so used "brothers." James, Joses, Simon and Jude are Jesus' brothers (Mk 6:3) and James and Joses are called sons of Mary, wife of Clopas (Mk 16:40).
5. Catholics use non-Scriptural sources for doctrines whereas 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching - for reproof, correction, and training in holiness."
The only "Scripture" at the time was the Old Testament. The New Testament is also inspired.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
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It's a fun and quick read, with a helpfully succinct and solid piece of scripture apologetic tucked away into each chapter to counter the fundamentalist attack therein. A cheerful and chatty discussion of the anti-catholic tactics used by fundamentalists. These attacks range from the thoughtful to the nastily disingenuous to the downright idiotic; Be warned; Some of Karl's encounters with less-than-charitable anti-catholics can be maddening to read about. But you might force yourself to read the toxic third section even if it's getting your goat--it's important to know the range of what's out there. A saavy but not a super-deep volume on apologetics (Karl's 'catholicism and fundamentalism' is the full treatise on that subject); but then the all-too-common garden variety anti-catholics Karl is warning you about here aren't very deep to start with. My guess is he didn't even work up a sweat dealing with them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah C on April 17, 2014
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Keating is factual, precise, and intelligent in his remarks for both sides of the aisle. Another must read on Catholicism and Fundamentalism as well!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2001
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Karl, I'm glad you are doing this and not me, you make it sound so easy. This book is very entry level in Catholic apologetics, but of course when confronted with ant-catholicism it is always challenging. When you read Karl's books I can't believe there is so much division, no wonder our Lord prayed so hard, in the garden and asked Our Father may they be one just as we are one. Thanks Karl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David P Juristy on April 13, 2013
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Karl gives an insightful straightforward defense of the Catholic faith. This should be required reading for all Catholics who take their faith seriously, as well as for those who want to arm themselves against lightweight Protestant attracts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2013
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Karl Keating (born 1950) is a Catholic apologist, the founder and president of Catholic Answers (the country's largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization), and has also written books such as Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians", What Catholics Really Believe: Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Faith, Nothing But the Truth, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 2000 book, "This book is not so much a sequel as a supplement to 'Catholicism and Fundamentalism.' In that book I tried to give a panoramic view of the attack on 'Romanism' by 'Bible Christians,' highlighting prominent anti-Catholic individuals and organizations and discussing at length... Here I present snapshots, individualized portraits... of arguments and people opposed to the Catholic faith."

About the references to the "brethren" of the Lord in the gospels, he observes, "we need to be able to stand far enough back to see that while the sacred writers refer to Jesus as the 'son of Mary,' never once are these 'brethren' referred to as the sons or daughters of Mary. This bifurcation is striking because it is abnormal. Writers tend to keep the same style throughout a work." (Pg. 45)

He is critical of defenses of the Bible [e.g.,
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