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How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues Paperback – April 30, 2012
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About the Author
Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a PhD from Oxford University. His work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazine "America" and in many other periodicals. He is well known on British media, especially on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al-Jazeera, as a Catholic commentator.
John Norton moved to San Francisco in 1974 and soon afterwards joined the Saturday Writing Workshop at Small Press Traffic. His poetry and fiction began to appear in small magazines and literary journals. A previous book of prose poems and sketches won an American Book Award. He's served on the boards of Small Press Traffic and the Irish Arts Foundation, and for many years helped organize the Irish-American Crossroads Festival. He works as a technical writer and editor in Silicon Valley.
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As in America, the English media tends to paint the Church in a bad light. Subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, it depicts the Church's views as archaic and oppressive, while interviewing angry anti-Catholics about the Church's own teachings.
Austen wanted to change that. So using his media background and expertise, he gathered several lay Catholics and trained them in both apologetics and media skills. The goal was to create Catholics who could articulate Catholic teaching in a reasonable, charitable way.
The group was a tremendous success. Before, during, and after the Pope's visit, the "Catholic Voices" crew was featured on radio, interviewed on television, and were even invited to several public debates. In many cases, they were able to shift the public perception of Catholicism and change hearts and minds.
Two years later, Austen has gathered everything they've learned from these exchanges into a new book titled, How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 144 pages). The book is a goldmine of tips and advice on reframing several of the most contentious Catholic issues.Read more ›
The book covers a wide range of topics from politics to pro-life issues to women in the Church. Each chapter begins with typical criticisms in the form of questions that many of us might hear in our ordinary day-to-day life. The positive intention is then offered along with pages of explanation and concluding with the existing frame, the reframe and key messages.
I found this book did a very good job of explaining nine neuralgic topics and the reasons the Church believes and teaches. I will be the first to admit I am not a very good apologist and living in the South run into more than my share of criticisms of the Church. Just this past weekend, someone asked me about the selection of the new Pope and I made a comment about it being a very prayerful decision guided by the Holy Spirit. Another individual at the table made a snide remark about pedophiles and I was tongue tied - I will be rereading Chapter 5: Clerical Sex Abuse.
How to Defend the Faith is a book I will come back to time and time again to refresh my memory on how to respond to criticisms of the Church. It's also an excellent resource for Catholic college students who want to evangelize on campus and for RCIA students.
Each chapter starts off with common questions or objections people have, such as "Why does the Church oppose allowing people to choose the time of their own death?" or "Why should the Church be allowed to discriminate against gay people when the law forbids it?" The author then takes the emotion out of this argument and explains why the Church teaches what it teaches. While Mr. Ivereigh is very thorough in his explanations, the summaries at the end of each chapter are my favorite parts of the book. Perhaps, that is just my preference for succinct answers though.
Overall, this book is an invaluable resource that deserves a spot on your shelf. You might still raise your voice, as these topics always can cause an emotional response, but this book will provide you better ammunition. Therefore, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. And might I also add that I think this book is an essential gift for the high school graduate. Your new "adult" will encounter a lot of liberal professors and peers in college and will need to know how to defend themselves against others and even self-doubt that could creep into their minds. Make sure to get a copy for them and yourselves.
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In the world we live in now a book like this is a treasure. Highly recommended!Published 10 months ago by Linda Straube
I love this book!! I learn a lot and it helps explain to those who do not understand.Published 11 months ago by Theresa Chapman
I'm disappointed. This is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a practical guide, but it isn't at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kelleefornia
Methods to answer questions posed by non-Catholics ... for when just cannot think of the right words.Published 14 months ago by MeMa in Michigan
I enjoyed this book. It asks questions, then gives breakdowns of good answers, in a easy to read, flowing context. It is not preachy, pushy, or heavy handed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AJA
Easy and good read reporting on the experiences of Catholic Voices. Book is limited to very broad topics such as homosexuality, marriage, aids, pro-life, women in the church,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mike CFL
Not exactly what I was looking for, however, interesting reading.Published 20 months ago by Mary L. Rizzon