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What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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What Did Jesus Do? is a clear, highly informative and logically organized apologia (defense) for the faith that Jesus Christ revealed to the world and continues to animate by the power of the Holy Spirit. Building on the accumulation of evidence for the solid truth of the Catholic Church and her teaching, Nash offers a text to build up the faith of Catholics and intrigue non-Catholics with a new look at Jesus' intentions for his Church. --Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ph.D., Scripture Scholar and Host of EWTN Live
As he did with the Holy Eucharist in The Biblical Roots of the Mass, Thomas Nash has written a readable, thorough and convincing argument for the biblical truth, indeed the necessity, of the Catholic Church as Christ's chosen instrument for the evangelization and sanctification of the world. Both seekers, and those who wish to guide them, will find his arguments fresh, often humorously presented, but always eminently useful. --Colin Donovan, S.T.L., Vice President for Theology at EWTN
Nash goes to the source: the life and teachings of Jesus. Nash adeptly examines the teachings of Jesus in their context his time and the people he was speaking to in each instance. This in-the-moment analysis is the key to understanding the implications Jesus s words have for people and the church today. For those who get lost or frustrated in complicated theological discussions, this approach feels sensible, invigorating, and accessible.
Nash's expertise shines in the book. His ideas are deeply researched and well documented, and his tone is open, straightforward, and caring.
This book is ideal for Catholics who want to understand their faith better, explain its significance, and grow in their understanding of God. The writing is clear and easy to understand, even for everyday Catholics who haven t studied their faith deeply. Rather than directly addressing people who are skeptical about God or Catholicism, it equips those who want to answer the skepticism of modern times. --Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews
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Who cares what Jesus did?" This may well be the response of many to the title of this book. Some may shrug it off because of a general disbelief in God, or a refusal to believe that Jesus could actually be the Incarnate Word, i.e., the eternal Son of God who became man. Others may acknowledge that Jesus is an inspiring moral teacher, and yet find some of his "hard sayings" (Jn. 6:60) too onerous to live and/or far-fetched to accept. Still others may be turned off by a history of bad experiences with professed Christians, and so see Jesus as a polarizing figure. Further, there are Christians who believe in Jesus as their Savior, but who disagree that he founded the Catholic Church. And there can be overlap among these different reasons. In What Did Jesus Do? Tom Nash seeks to present anew the real Jesus, the "Word [who] became flesh" (Jn. 1:14) to save all of humanityand to employ his Mystical Bride, the Catholic Church, as his instrument of salvation and life-transforming love (Mt. 16:18-19; Jn. 10:10). Nash makes various biblical and other historical arguments for the perennial relevance of Jesus and his Church, including that anti-Catholicism makes for the strangest of bedfellows, with many unexpectedly finding the devil and his devotees lining up with them against the Church. As Nash summarizes well, if the Catholic Church were merely a human institution, she would've entered the dustbin of history centuries ago, both because of internal scandals and external persecutions. Instead, 2,000 years after the Resurrection, the Church continues to advance her God-given Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20).
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Chapter 3 entitled "What Must I Do To Be Saved " is quite a gem. This chapter alone hastens me to recommend this book as a text for Jr./Sr. high school religion classes. His appendix is an excellent finish and puts the entire work in perspective.
I highly recommend the purchase of this book.
What did Jesus leave us?
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
How can we know the truth?
Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them." (John 6:53-56)
What must I do to have eternal life?
Tom Nash answers these questions and many more in his fantastic new book, "What Did Jesus Do?"
A must read for everyone, because what Jesus did, he did for all of us.
This book is an energetic presentation of the Church in “Jesus’ own words and actions.” Thomas Nash writes in everyday language, which resembles the way Pope Francis tries to communicate. Its boldness is what is needed in this age, Nash’s style reflects what is called for in order to promote the New Evangelization.
Father Thomas Acklin OSB, Professor of Theology, Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
You've heard the question "What Would Jesus Do?" The popular culture has hijacked this question for all sorts of beliefs and agendas. In his new book Tom Nash asks a far more important question and one that can be more definitively answered. The title of his book is appropriately "What DID Jesus Do?" With his reputation as an EWTN Theology Advisor, a regular on Catholic Radio and other credits galore, this book should catch everyone's attention. Accessibly written for beginners; richly biblical and theological for the veteran.
--Steve Ray, Best-Selling Catholic Author, Producer, Speaker and Pilgrimage Leader.