- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; First Edition edition (March 17, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898707730
- ISBN-13: 978-0898707731
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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The Usual Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists Paperback – March 17, 2000
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1. Catholics worship statues whereas Exodus 20:4 says: "Thou shalt not make graven images."
The condemned graven images are those worshipped. God commands cherubs adorn the Ark (Exodus 25) and a bronze serpent be made to cure snake bites (Nm 21:9).
2. In general, how do you resolve apparent contradictions in Scripture?
Biblical contradictions are due to our interpretation, not the text (St. Augustine, Fr. William Most).
3. Catholics pray to saints whereas 1 Timothy 2:5 says: "There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
We ask the saints for their prayers just as we ask friends. God knows our prayers and the saints see them in God's mind. In Rv 8:4, saints carry to God our prayers. Moses and Samuel were dead, but their intercessions were important (Jer 15;1)
4. Catholics say that Mary was ever virgin, yet Scripture speaks of the "brethren of the Lord."
Aramaic had no word for cousins so used "brothers." James, Joses, Simon and Jude are Jesus' brothers (Mk 6:3) and James and Joses are called sons of Mary, wife of Clopas (Mk 16:40).
5. Catholics use non-Scriptural sources for doctrines whereas 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching - for reproof, correction, and training in holiness."
The only "Scripture" at the time was the Old Testament. The New Testament is also inspired.Read more ›
He wrote in the Preface to this 2000 book, "This book is not so much a sequel as a supplement to 'Catholicism and Fundamentalism.' In that book I tried to give a panoramic view of the attack on 'Romanism' by 'Bible Christians,' highlighting prominent anti-Catholic individuals and organizations and discussing at length... Here I present snapshots, individualized portraits... of arguments and people opposed to the Catholic faith."
About the references to the "brethren" of the Lord in the gospels, he observes, "we need to be able to stand far enough back to see that while the sacred writers refer to Jesus as the 'son of Mary,' never once are these 'brethren' referred to as the sons or daughters of Mary. This bifurcation is striking because it is abnormal. Writers tend to keep the same style throughout a work." (Pg. 45)
He is critical of defenses of the Bible [e.g., ...Read more ›
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Mr. Keating does a wonderful of explaining where these perplexing and scriptural attacks on the Church originate, and who are the main culprits.Published on February 13, 2013 by D. Mink
"The Usual Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists" by Keating is a good first book for Catholics to read in order to answer attacks on their religion. Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by Patricia Disabatino
What makes this book particularly valuable is the chapter on page 275 entitled "Three against one." The book shows how devious evangelicals are. Read morePublished on April 26, 2007 by GangstaLawya
I approach Mr. Keating's books with great hopes, but always come away disappointed. The book does address many of the standard attacks against the Catholic faith, but too many of... Read morePublished on June 7, 2003 by Tim Martin
this is the best apologetics book I have read in years. the content is very educational and eye opening. the humor was much appreciated and the language was very precise. Read morePublished on April 16, 2003 by david a zamora
This latest book is a good overview of the different attacks made on the Faith, from the reasonably intellectual to the unreasonably ridiculous. Read morePublished on May 8, 2002 by Dunstan Boyko
This is a great book for "Cradle Catholics" and anyone who wants to know the Catholic response to attacks on their faith. Read morePublished on December 6, 2001 by Mark Arnold