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Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences Paperback – September 1, 1995
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The positive comments from Catholics on the back cover (no less a figure than James Akin praised the work for its fairness) made me give in and buy it. The first section was wonderful, presenting the great amount of agreement we have in very charitable terms. The second section, where differences are discussed, the authors seem to go out of their way to "get it right." Most Catholic arguments for a given position are presented, and then refuted in generally kind, charitable terms. There are some exceptions though, where they leave out the most convincing arguments for the Catholic position. One glowing example is the chapter on justification. On page 227, some Catholic Scriptural arguments for their position are presented, and they cite such things as Matthew 5:12, 25:34, Romans 2:6, among others. Curiously missing from this, and hence never discussed, is James 2. One has to wonder why they would decline to interact with the one verse in the whole Bible that contains the clause "faith alone", and condemns it (James 2:24).
While I think that many of their arguments are very inadequate, and at times they seem to apply a double standard when quoting the fathers (depending on if the fathers seem to support or refute their positions), others are very well presented. In fact, their chapter on baptism got me thinking very, very hard. Wonderful stuff indeed.Read more ›
Some of the differences addressed in this book are the canon of Scripture, papal infallibility, the role of sacraments, the role of Mary, purgatory, and justification. Geisler highlights areas of theological agreement and those practical areas such as evangelizing non-Christians, social reform, and education where evangelicals and Catholics can find common ground.
This book contains a wealth of information that would benefit Catholics and evangelicals along with helping us to better understand each other. Geisler and MacKenzie have given all of us a great resource for further dialogue. Buy this book if you are the least bit interested in getting to know the 'other side' in a more accurate light. This goes for Catholics and evangelicals.
The book is divided into two major sections: (1) Agreements that Catholics and Evangelicals have with each other; and (2) the Differences that (some) Evangelical Protestants have with the Catholic Church.
I generally agree with the Agreements section and appreciate the authors fairness in the book. The use of terms can be confusing or perhaps even in error (e.g. the term "Augustinian" as a synonym for salvation by grace: Evangelicals will be shocked just how "Roman Catholic" St. Augustine really was once they study his actual writings). The topics in the Agreements section on the historic Catholic and Christian creeds, the Trinity and Christology, the Bible, salvation, and other doctrinal issues are well done. We Catholics and Evangelicals do have a lot in common.
I have differences over the Differences section but that is to be expected given I am a Catholic reader but have been a big Catholic fan of Norm Geisler's work for many years.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. It showed both the many agreements between Catholics and Evangelicals but also showed the strength of the evangelical argument in areas of disagreement.Published 2 months ago by W V S
Excellent systematic approach to the subject. A helpful primer to any interaction between Evangelicals and Catholics.Published 6 months ago by Tom Foley
Was getting beat up at work from a Catholic claiming all Protestants are heretics, going to hell, etc. This is a good book to have a ready defense (1Pet. 3:15). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ross Hirsch
Excellent book! I have been an evangelical Christian for many decades, and reasonably well informed of all things Catholic, but this book was truly an eye opener! Read morePublished 11 months ago by RENarvaezHinds
This is a REALLY strange book. On the one hand Evangelical scholar Norman Geisler cites many areas in which Roman Catholicism is not in accord with the New Testament Gospel:... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tom
Norman Geisler is a famed apologist and theologian, who has written/cowritten many other books such as Philosophy of Religion, Christian Apologetics, Introduction to Philosophy,... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Very easy to understand and cope with most important key areas between Protestant and Catholic doctrins. I consider fundamental to understand why we can not meet in all areas.Published on April 26, 2013 by Jesús Reynoso Bladinieres