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Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love Paperback – May 15, 2017
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RCIA teachers should consider gifting a copy to every candidate and catechumen, and every priest and deacon should keep a stack of these books on his desk, as a ready handout. Why We re Catholic must find a home on every Catholic s bookshelf; I promise you, it will gather no dust. --Leila Miller - blogger
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The chapters in this book are:
Introduction: Why We Believe . . . Anything
1. Why We Believe in Truth
2. Why We Believe in Science
3. Why We Believe in a Creator
4. Why We Believe in God
5. Why We Believe God Conquers Evil
6. Why We Believe in Jesus
7. Why We Believe in the Resurrection
8. Why We Believe in the Trinity
9. Why We Believe in the Bible
10. Why We Aren’t Bible-Only Christians
11. Why We Belong to the Catholic Church
12. Why We Have a Pope
13. Why We Have Priests
14. Why We Go to Mass
15. Why We Baptize Babies
16. Why We Believe in Spite of Scandal
17. Why We Believe that Faith Works Through Love
18. Why We Believe in Purgatory
19. Why We Pray to the Saints
20. Why We Honor Mary
21. Why We Protect Life
22. Why We Cherish Our Sexuality
23. Why We Defend Marriage
24. Why We Believe There’s a Hell
25.Why We Hope for Heaven
How to Become Catholic
How to Go to Confession
Common Catholic Prayers
Two sections in the book immediately struck a chord with me; first the section on Saint Damien or Molokai, of whom I have been reading about and researching for over a decade now. And second Father Emil Kapaun, whom I only discovered last year. Both of these men have inspired me and finding them both called out as examples in this book hit me. But let’s go back to the beginning, in the introduction Trent states:
“I don’t look at people who’ve left the Catholic Church or who aren’t Catholic as potential “customers.” They’re just people. They have things they love and things they hate. They may differ from me in lots of ways, but they almost certainly have one thing in common with me: they don’t want to be ignorant and they do want to be happy. I became Catholic in high school because 1) I thought it was true, and 2) finding answers to my deepest questions about existence and purpose made me happy.
It would be selfish of me to keep to myself the peace and joy I receive from being Catholic, so I share this “good news” with others. My aim in this book is simple: to explain why Catholics believe what they believe. I haven’t given every explanation I can think of, because most people aren’t in a rush to read a book that is so thick it can double as a step stool. Instead, I’ve presented the reasons that made the biggest impact on me during my conversion to the Catholic faith.”
This book is designed to strengthen your faith, and help you be able to explain it and defend it. It is not all encompassing but it does a great job of covering many of the basics. Throughout the book there are ‘side boxes’ pieces that explain deeper, or give examples of what is being talked about in that section of the book. Another great feature is that each chapter ends with three or more bullet points reinforcing what Catholics believe from the topic of that specific chapter. One of the most powerful side boxes is:
WHO STARTED YOUR CHURCH?
• Calvary Chapel, 1965: Chuck Smith
• Mormon church, 1830: Joseph Smith
• Disciples of Christ, 1809: Thomas Campbell
• Baptist church, 1609: John Smyth
• Presbyterian church, 1560: John Knox
• Calvinist church, 1536: John Calvin
• Lutheran church, 1517: Martin Luther
• Eastern Orthodox church, 1054: Eastern Patriarchs
• Catholic Church, 33: Jesus Christ
And at the end of the book is a mini prayer book of common prayers. These eight prayers are the basis of so many popular Catholic devotions, or parts of a plan of life. And then there is an extensive section of end notes with quotes, and sources to go deeper.
I have read just shy of 200 books so far this year, of those 200, 105 were Catholic and this is one of the best out of all of that reading. Another incredible book from Catholic Answers, and written by Trent Horn. Pick it up you will be challenged, become more firmly rooted and prepared to answer hard questions about your faith!
It's structured so that it can even be given to an atheist, but written such that it will be helpful to anyone. Trent Horn begins with why do we believe in science, then to why do we believe in God, on to why do we believe in Jesus, and finally to why we believe in the Catholic church. He then explores specific facets of the Catholic faith and her teaching. I love Horn's approach; my faith has to make sense to me. Obviously some things have to be taken on faith, but even here, Catholics aren't "faith alone" believers. Our faith in a creator, in Jesus and in the Catholic church is reasonable, and Horn does a great job covering these things succinctly. There are more in depth books on any of these topics, but this is a fabulous introduction to the Christian faith in general and Catholicism in particular, and as such is a very useful tool for evangelism, as I mentioned above.
The table of contents is also helpful to just pick and choose a topic on specific Catholic teachings.
There is a great deal on a bulk offer (but only buying directly from Catholic Answers on their website)...even with shipping it winds up only being about $3.75 a book for 20 copies.
Thanks Trent Horn and Catholic Answers for such an awesome gift to the Church!
Top international reviews
I have already passed the book on to two non catholic friends who I debate with regularly about religion, so that they can read about and understand the basics of Catholicism. Highly recommended.
While there are many other more detailed apologetics this one stands out for me as something I would have no hesitation recommending to someone challenging or questioning the Catholic church's teachings.
Casi es un manual para principiantes e intermedios