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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Apologetics Library
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1ST edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898707234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898707236
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book defends Catholic teaching against the opposition, using current Church teaching on the Old Testament foundation for the primacy and succession of Peter. A rich documentation, a fine study. --Cardinal Christoph Schonborn

A veritable tour de force on behalf of the Petrine ministry, bringing together exegetes, the Fathers of the Church, the witness of history, and even Protestant scholars. The work is scholarly, objective, and accessible to all readers. Recommended wholeheartedly and unequivocally. --Fr. Peter Stravinskas

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Already in the First Century you see the Church of Rome exercising it's jurisdiction and Vicar of Christ Role with St. Clement's Letter to the Church at Corinth!
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Mr. Ray's presentation is overwhelming.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
Upon This Rock was a well written and thought out book. It gave all the sources that he used and helped me to understand the depth of the Catholic position. I do not agree with Mr. Ray's conclusion but now I realize I may well be wrong. I think one goal of this book was to defend the Catholic Church and show why the church claims the authority it does. I have to admit many of my presuppositions have been changed and his work has helped me understand and even respect the faith of Catholics that much more.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By RC on August 19, 2005
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After reading opinions by James White and William Webster on the same subject, I thought I'd been given the full truth. But Mr. Ray's further, deeper development on White's/Webster's study showed me that I had only been given an incomplete story. What else about the Protestant faith is only "partially" developed ? Mr. Ray's presentation is overwhelming. One particular nugget in the goldmine of truth was not detailed in the New Testament, Old Testament, or the Church Fathers. It was a geography lesson on Caesarea Philllipi. It had never dawned on me what a long journey this was for Jesus and his disciples. The significance of the journey and the rock have come into focus!

I am now dedicating myself to learning what other partial truths have been developed fully by the catholic church.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Samuel F. Crow on March 2, 2001
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The discussion was excellent in that it chronicled the Office of the Papacy both in Scripture and in history. It is an excellent source book and demonstrated excellent research techniques especially in the Early Church Fathers documentation and reference. There are a great deal of footnotes, but unlike some books, these footnotes are very readable and useable either in a discussion as a Catholic Christian Apologist or as a bibliography in a paper. I highly recommend this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TheListener on January 4, 2007
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If you can manage to battle your way through the format of this book (%10 text and %90 footnotes) it is a great book to have in your library. It is not a reason-based approach to the issue of the primacy of Rome in the early Church as it is an overwhelming number of references and citations. The argument relies mostly on historical proof, however, it can get a bit tedious at times.

As a soon-to-be Catholic I think this book erased any questions in my mind about how the early Church regarded Rome and it is a nail in the coffin of independent congregationalist fundamentalists.

It is a great reference book which could be used by armchair apologists, if you are into that sort of thing. But it will require a bit of discipline to finish this book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "revdrh" on April 21, 1999
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I commend Stephen Ray for his efforts in assembling such a complete book on the Papacy. The use of Patristic sources is impressive. Mr. Ray has done a professional job in presenting and demonstrating the Papacy as an undeniable Truth of Christ's Church. He has done a masterful job in pointing out the errors of opponents. This is a great resource for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of the Papacy. In addition, the efforts taken to obtain an Imprimatur gives proof for the reader that substance and truth have the highest priority.
Well done Mr. Ray!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1999
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... Anyway, I loved this book because it deals with many of the Protestant and Eastern Orthodox arguments against the papacy. I am extremely glad Steve Ray gave evidence for Peter being in Rome despite what our Eastern Orthodox friend says. This book was aimed more toward the fundamentalist Evangelical Protestant than the Eastern Orthodox. And as many people know many of the Evangelical fundamentalists one talks with deny the fact that Peter was ever in Rome. If you don't believe me then go to an Evangelical messageboard to find out. Even some major Protestant apologists also has denied Peter presence in Rome so it was essential for Ray to give the evidence for Peter in Rome. The Eastern Orthodox also mentioned that not all the Fathers interpreted Matt 16:18 the same way as Rome and the Catholic apologists don't want to let that be known. This assertion is untrue and many Catholic apologists have said that was true. But there is a great answer to that and the answer can be gotten from the author if you e-mail him. Btw, most if not all of the books that the Eastern Orthodox recommended were part of Upon This Rock's bibliography. Please get this book and e-mail the author if you have any questions. Another book I would recommend is Jesus, Peter, and the Keys. Look out for follow-up books to JP&K to answer more objection to the Papacy using more of the Church Fathers. Upon This Rock would make an excellent gift for non-Catholics or Catholics who don't know their faith. Catholics must learn how to defend their faith.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By James H. Dobbins on January 13, 2005
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Stephen Ray's book, Upon This Rock, is the most comprehensive book I have read on the subject of the position the Bishop of Rome holds in the Christian community, even if some do not recognize that position. It is the most thoroughly documented discussion available on the primacy of Peter in the early Church, and the primacy his successors in office have in the Church today. This book belongs in the library of every thinking Christian, Catholic or not.

James H. Dobbins, Ph.D.

Author of Take My Hand
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