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Noting prominent similarities without glossing over key differences, this book will equip Christians on both sides of the ecclesiastical divide to fruitfully engage in honest dialogue with one another.
Number of Pages: 464
Publication Date: 2014
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A theologian and church historian walks readers through the Catechism of the Catholic Church, winsomely evaluating Roman Catholic doctrine and practice from the perspective of both Scripture and evangelical theology.
Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society, a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, an elder at Sojourn Community Church, and a theological strategist for Sojourn Network. Allison has taught at several colleges and seminaries, including Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is the author of numerous books, including Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church, and Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment.
Westminster Seminary California
This book is good news to those who have long desired a reliable theological guide in dealing with Roman Catholicism. Based on a painstaking analysis of the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church, it covers the all-embracing trajectory of Roman Catholic theology and practice. Instead of juxtaposing ephemeral impressions and disconnected data, Allison provides a theological framework that accounts for the complexity of the Roman Catholic system and its dynamic unity. This book is to be commended for its biblical depth, theological acuteness, historical alertness, and systemic awareness. My hope is that this landmark book will reorient evangelical theology away from its attraction for a shallow ecumenicity with Rome toward a serious dialogue based on the Word of God.
-Leonardo De Chirico,
Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione, Padova (Italy)
Writing with an irenic and thoughtful tone, Allison engages with Rome via the Church's official Catechism and helps the reader understand what Protestants and Roman Catholics share in common and where they differ. This book is neither spinelessly ecumenical nor harshly polemical, but a fair and principled engagement with the beliefs of Rome.
-Carl R. Trueman,
Westminster Theological Seminary
A very useful evangelical assessment of Roman Catholicism. Unlike so many such books, it does not concentrate merely on points of difference, but considers the whole sweep of Roman Catholic teaching, as set out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It affirms points of agreement as well as noting points of disagreement. It acknowledges that evangelicalism is not monochromatic and points to areas where some evangelicals would agree with Rome while others would not. This is a thorough guide that is warmly to be commended.
London School of Theology
With his characteristic depth and clarity, Gregg Allison escorts readers to the Catholic/Protestant intersection to analyze theological commonalities and differences. In addition to yielding indispensable insight, this volume exemplifies the sort of warmhearted and principled approach that today's conversation desperately needs.
Director, Ministry of Gospel Renewal, Wheaton College
Protestants and Catholics need to invent a new kind of relationship. The fire and sword of the Reformation era were unworthy of Christ; so were the desperate efforts of irresponsible leaders in the past century to deny that we ever really disagreed. Can we preach different views of the gospel and still love each other? If so, how do we understand that relationship, spiritually and ecclesially? With a systematic thoroughness worthy of Thomas Aquinas himself, Gregg Allison lays out the theological issues at stake. He provides a full overview of the questions that face us, and his commitment to fully love his Catholic neighbors while fully speaking the truth to them shows us how to handle our disagreements in a manner worthy of Christ. This book will reward the careful study it invites.
Program Director, Kern Family Foundation
ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An amazing resource for those who want to know about the Catholic Faith from an evangelical perspectiveDecember 23, 2015ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4For those who do not interact very often with Roman Catholics do you know what they believe and the difference between their belief and the Protestant belief system? Prior to reading the book, Ive only a brief understanding of the Catholic faith, such as how Catholic believe that faith plus works secures salvation, but Protestant believe that faith alone secures salvation. That certainly was too shallow an understanding.
Gregg R. Allison has written a comprehensive book that deals with the differences between the Catholic and Protestant faith. This book is certainly no light reading and will need readers who are discipline in reading it all the way through. As a novice in this topic, I like how Allison first gives a broad overview on what the Catholic faith is about. I have found this portion very helpful as I examine the different areas in the atheism of the Catholic church. I appreciate how Allison summaries the difference between Catholic and Protestant as the and vs alone. In the Catholic church, scripture and tradition holds authority whereas in the Protestant faith, scripture alone holds the authority. This really helped to give a framework in understanding the Catholic faith.
In the chapters following Allison then brings the readers through the Catholic catechism examining them part by part. Allison first breaks down the catechism into smaller chunks, he then examines and explains what the catechism teaches. Next Allison gives an evaluation of the section from an evangelical perspective. He highlights the errors in the catechism but also show christians some pointers that we can learn from their catechism.
Being new to the Catholic faith, I have to say I felt slightly overwhelm by the amount of new information I was getting. This is one book that I have to plough through slowly, but I am thankful that Allison guides us through the book not as an outsider, but examines the catholic faith as one who has been brought up in the Catholic faith. Ive found the book to be informative and helpful. Ill surely use it as reference the next time I wish to talk to a Catholic.
For those who find themselves often interacting to people of the Catholic faith, this book will be a helpful and compressive guide into what a Catholic believe and also give us insights as to what we can agree and have to disagree with the Catholic faith.
Rating: 4.25 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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