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Why Do Catholics Genuflect?: And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church
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The chapter on Sacred Tradition shows how the Catholic Church guarded the Gospel and the deposit of faith for its first 330 years, before defining the books of Sacred Scripture and compiling the canon of the bible at the end of the 4th century. He explains how the Bible is a Catholic book, and was translated into vernacular versions well before the Protestant Revolt. Contrary to what some may claim, the Church never kept the bible from the faithful.
Another great chapter is the one on authority, which tells how the Church is apostolic, with apostolic teaching and apostolic succession. I like the author's reference to the "Evangelical Dictionary of Theology," a standard Protestant reference book, which says, "Peter's primacy or leadership among the twelve apostles and in the primitive church is now generally accepted by Protestant and Catholic scholars alike." And of course Pope John Paul II is the 264th successor of Saint Peter.
Mr. Kresta well explains the truth found in Matthew chapter 16, where Jesus "In keeping with the ancient custom, appointed Peter as the chief steward over the royal household, the Church, and gave him the keys of the kingdom." Peter was given the power by Christ to bind and to loose in matters of faith, morals, doctrine, and conscience.
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So, I read this book to further develop my sense of awe of the Catholic faith's symbols, sacraments and saints. As it turns out the book uses scripture and church history to clarify differences between Catholics and other Christians.
Through this interesting and well-written book, I have completely changed my view of Apologetics. I no longer see it as a dry - intellectual exercise. I now see it as a simple and meaningful part of my Catholic faith.
Al Kresta's straightforward manner clarified the issues and helped me see that Catholics can easily answer Scriptural issues brought to them by Non-Catholics.
BTW... This is also a great book to have a few copies placed near your front door for any unexpected door-to-door evangelists who may show up.
One thing I've always appreciated is Al's knowledge of ALL types of Christianity, even obscure denominations. I would marvel as people called in and said, "What does so and so believe differently than such and such?" and BOOM, Al would rattle it off in a clear and understandable way.
So, it's not surprising to me that his book is clear, understandable, witty, engaging, AND intellectually stimulating.
WHY DO CATHOLICS GENUFLECT? belongs on the shelf of every Catholic who has trouble answering specific questions about their faith, but would be equally valuable for any Christian who wants a clearer understanding of what the largest chunk of Christendom really believes-- or at least is SUPPOSED to, if they really understood their own Church.
Kresta attacks stereotypes of Catholicism which are spread by many fundamentalists (though Catholics who don't understand their faith very well certainly contribute to these misunderstandings) but never attacks his counterparts on the other side of issues. The tone is never harsh, and is sometimes even playful.
Kresta is firm about his beliefs, but never off puttingly polemical. He clearly explains positions, and offers memorable illustrations.
WHY DO CATHOLICS GENUFLECT is a valuable book for anyone who has any questions about Catholic belief and practice. It's lucid and logical, and best of all, it's easily the most enjoyable book I've ever picked up on the subject.
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Great book especially for converts and those who have basic questions about the Catholic Church. I bought it for my protestant mother Who had weird ideas about the Catholic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by missy c
Al Kresta's long experience in Christian ministry makes this book very worthwhile. He understands why so many misunderstand Catholic teaching... Read morePublished on May 28, 2002 by Charles Francis
As a "cradle" Catholic and mother of 3 small children, I planned and made time this Lent to read Al Kresta's book, Why do Catholics Genuflect? Read morePublished on April 1, 2002 by Lori M. Nickels
Al Kresta, former Protestant pastor and Christian radio host, now converted Roman Catholic and Catholic radio show host, attempts his foray into the already well-tread ground of... Read morePublished on March 24, 2002
I found this book to be thoughtful and intelligent. Arranged around those questions that get continually posed to Catholics by non-Catholics (and even many Catholics! Read morePublished on February 16, 2002
This book covers all sorts of topics just about everyone who deals witht he Catholic Church, either as a member or a distant observer, has wondered about. Read morePublished on February 6, 2002 by Jay
Simplistic and understandable approach to comprehending the meaning of the visible issues related to the Catholic Church. Read morePublished on February 6, 2002 by Deirdre
Kresta's new book is reader friendly and fun to read. It tackles the tough issues and misunderstandings that often occur regarding the Catholic faith with easy-to-understand... Read morePublished on February 6, 2002