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Evangelical Answers Paperback – December, 1999
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Chapter headings are as follows:
1. Infallibility of the Catholic Church
2. The Nature of the Church
3. Apostolic Succession
4. The Canon
5. The Sufficiency of Scripture
6. Old Testament Israel - A Story of the Catholic Church
7. The Myth of Catholic Unity
8. Beliefs About Mary
9. The Catholic Priesthood
10. The Eucharist and the Mass
Incomprehensibly, Svendsen doesn't touch upon the MOST important issue dividing Evangelicals and Catholics; justification. Evangelicals believe in salvation by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE. Catholics believe in salvation through sacramental grace and works. For the author to have omitted a chapter on justification in a book such as this is an oversight of absolutely incredible proportions.
In light of the serious drawback mentioned above I wouldn't generally recommend this book although Svendsen does a fine job with the differences he does choose to address, even if he does tend toward an academic style. For a THOROUGH critique of Catholicism, including the issue of justification, with a less pedantic approach I would suggest James McCarthy's "The Gospel According to Rome."
A slew of excellent books examining Roman Catholicism were published in the 1990s and early 2000s by such Evangelical authors as James White, William Webster, Svendsen, and James McCarthy. Sadly, we're seeing a smaller number of similar publications in recent years.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1999 book, "There is a growing number of conservative Catholics who have taken it upon themselves to defend the Catholic tradition.... Many of them are very clever debaters and can articulate their position in an extremely compelling way... in some of these debates the Evangelical side is represented by uninformed fundamentalists who are not focused well enough on the real issues---or, worse yet, not versed well enough in the Catholic apologists' own arguments! The end result is that the Catholic apologists' real objections are left unanswered. This book attempts to answer those objections... My goal in writing this book is to deal with the Catholic apologists' arguments in a fair but critical way... It is my hope... that this book... will serve as a wake-up call to a more thorough study of the so-far underdeveloped doctrine of sola scriptura among Evangelical churches, as well as a deeper understanding of that doctrine within every Christian individually." (Pg. 6-7)
He states, "It is rather the combined testimony of the internal and external evidence that leads us to believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the gospels.Read more ›
It is sad to see that people are writing reviews when THEY HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. This is especially true for those who's goals are simply to give the book a bad rep. This tends to happen very often for the reviews of PROTESTANT BOOKS.
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I purchased this book on the advice of a Protestant friend that it was a logical, reasonable, historical and Bible-based refutation of Catholicism. I was thoroughly disappointed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Garrison
Good book, I recommend you read, came in good condition and on time. Thank YouPublished 18 months ago by Freddy G. Castaneda
As an agnostic with Christian close relatives, I like to read about religion mostly to understand the history of how humans interpreted the world and how the concept of God evolved... Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by H. Garcia
The author was just totally frustrated day in and day out by the works, rebuttals and logical reasoning of Catholic apologists that made him look like from Middle school. Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by Jae
It is a book that exposes roman catholicism as a false religion. OF COURSE roman catholics are going to give it a bad review--that's the nature of the subject matter. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by Barnabas
I find that Eric Svendsen's writings are having an effect on me that I presume can only be counter to that which Dr. Svendsen intends. Read morePublished on August 9, 2004 by PW, sort of
Ok, fine - I haven't read this, but I don't mind messing up the stars since none of the other reviewers were serious either. The first review is obviously sarcastic... Read morePublished on January 29, 2004 by Kieron Mitchell