Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences
Disappointing, but generally fair, charitable, and mostly accurate presentation of the differences between Catholic and evangelicals. Most Protestants writing about Catholicism (e.g. James White) adopt a condescending tone towards Catholics, and attempt to set Catholics straight about what we really believe. This book, however, allows Catholics to define for ourselves (if sometimes inaccurately) what Catholicism is all about, and it does cite the original source documents, unusual for this kind of book, which usually relies on works by former "Catholics", or non Catholics. Unfortunately, they misinterpret and distort some of the teachings of the early Fathers of the Church, plus there are a few minor factual errors in the text. Much is omitted, for example when discussing justification, they leave out any discussion of the Letter of James--the only scriptural reference to "faith alone". Also in some cases at least they commit some serious logical errors and bad arguments. Overall, I would much pleased if evangelicals interested in Catholicism would turn to this book instead of, say, the intellectually dishonest works of Loraine Bottener.If you want a more reasonably priced and more accurate book, try "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" by Karl Keating. Or Scott Hahn, an ordained Presbyterian Minister, writes of his search for the truth through scripture in "Rome Sweet Home". This is an easy reading, but fact filled account of his and his wife's personal journeys. Or for very light reading try "Catholic Answers to Fundamentalist's Questions." (Great for kids going away to college.)
May 21, 2009
This book is shocking. Even after Geisler and McKenzie survey the heresies of Romanism they still manage to conclude that Romanism is another denomination like any other. They themselves point out that Catholics believe in salvation by works and then act as though the way of salvation is no big deal. They further miss a lot of the perversions of Rome in the areas of agreements to make it look as though Romanism and Christianity are indeed compatible. Too much is left out (such as the Roman Catholics Church's butchering of over 60,000,000 Christians and how they worship every inanimate object and dead Catholic's body part they can lay hold of) and too much is compromise with heresy (like acting as though salvation by faith and how we view the Bible as secondary issues). Not only that but the price is outlandish. If you are interested in Roman Catholicism as compared to Christianity than read a wonderful book that CBD sells called "Romanism And The Reformation" by H. Grattan Guinness.
May 19, 2009