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Upon This Slippery Rock: Countering Roman Catholic Claims to Authority Paperback – August 22, 2007
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It is written in a really easy to read style, with scenarios that the author has found himself in and having to deal with. He deals with various questions specifically relating to Rome's claims to authority. He does so with logic rather than with facts, showing for example that the RC position that it is wrong to make our own private interpretation about spiritual matters and that we should instead to listen to the authority of Rome, requires a person to use their own personal and private judgement, which is the very thing they are not meant to do.
It is this sort of argument that he goes in for, highlighting the logical problems with a number of these arguments. He also deals with the frequently quoted statistic that there are 25,000 Protestant denominations, and shows how wrong and misleading that figure is.
It is a useful book to have read if you find yourself in conversation with Catholics who are dogmatic about the authority of Rome.
He wrote in the Preface to this 2002 book, "This book is written by a lay apologist, for lay apologists... those who work the hardest in defense of the gospel often not only go unrecognized in the church, but are treated with disdain by the former class of uninformed Christians who see little relevance in defending the truth in today's society... who better to endorse the value of this book as an apologetic tool than those who have successfully used its arguments and principles in real-life scenarios?" (Pg. 9-10)
He points out, "there is just as much diversity of opinion among Roman Catholics regarding the MEANING of Roman Catholic teaching as there is among Protestants regarding the meaning of the Bible. This confusion is by no means confined to the inerrancy of Scripture, but is true of many other issues as well." (Pg. 24)
He observes, "Roman Catholic apologists claim that without an infallible interpreter, we, as Evangelicals, can never be certain about the correct interpretation of Scripture and church history. The best WE can do in OUR situation is rely on our own FALLIBLE private judgment to pick what WE think is the best interpretation among the many interpretations from which to choose. However, this implies that if one decides on Rome as that choice, he must do so without engaging in the very private judgment that the Roman Catholic apologist has already told us is illegitimate." (Pg. 32-33)
In response to the common argument that Protestants has hundreds or even thousands of denominations which are mutually inconsistent, he argues, "for Roman Catholic, there are SIXTEEN traditions, including Latin-rite local, Latin-rite catholic, Latin/Eastern-rite local, Latin/Eastern-rite catholic, Syro-Malabarese, Ukranian, Romanian, maronite, Melkite, Chaldean, ruthenian, Hungarian, plural Oriental rites, Syro-Malankarese, Slovak, and Coptic... the true count of real denominations within Protestantism is twenty-one, whereas the true count of real denominations within Roman Catholic is sixteen.... obviously nowhere near the 23,000 or 25,000 figure that Roman Catholic apologists constantly assert." (Pg. 61-62)
This book is a useful supplement to Svendsen's other books, and will be of interest to anyone studying Catholic/Protestant issues.
It tends to deal with logic which is a interesting aproach, but effective.
Answers demolish the arguments forwarded by the Roman Catholic Church.