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Crossing the Tiber

Crossing the Tiber

Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church

  • Author: Stephen K. Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 0898705770
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 284
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An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church. Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.

Crossing the Tiber

Crossing the Tiber

Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church

  • Author: Stephen K. Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681491206
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 284
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Stephen K. Ray was raised in a devout, loving Baptist family. His father was a deacon and led Bible studies. Steve himself was very involved in the Baptist Church as a teacher of Biblical studies, and he lectured on a wide range of topics. When a best friend, an Evangelical pastor, converted to the Catholic Church, Steve and his wife Janet decided to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church, taking a thrilling journey back in time that would eventually change their lives forever. After hundreds of hours studying the Bible and the writings of the early Church, they were convinced that the Roman Catholic Church was the Church founded by Christ, and they were received into the Church on Pentecost Sunday in 1994. In this book, with no rancor toward his Evangelical roots, Ray shares with the reader their exhilarating discoveries. He traces their initial hostility toward the Catholic Church, their passionate research and the discovery of the historical Church, quietly waiting to be rediscovered. He convincingly lays out the issues that carried them over the "uncrossable chasm" into the Catholic Church. Thoroughly documented with over 400 footnotes, Crossing the Tiber contains an extensive compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary on the issues of Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a thorough analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition. Ray takes you back to the first four centuries of the Church to discover the early Church - was it like today's Protestantism in theology and practice, or was it Catholic? Discover the unbiblical and unhistorical nature of the "Bible-only" argument. Discover the uniform consistency of the Catholic teaching on Baptism and the Eucharistfrom Scriptures and the Church Fathers.

Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic

Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic

  • Author: David Currie
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681490587
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 215
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David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism - theology professors, seminary presidents and founders of evangelical mission agencies were frequent guests at his family dinner table. Currie received a degree from Trinity International University and studied in the Masters of Divinity program. This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. Currie presents a very lucid, systematic and intelligible account of the reasons for his conversion to the ancient Church that Christ founded. He gives a detailed discussion of the important theological and doctrinal beliefs Catholic and evangelicals hold in common, as well as the key doctrines that separate us, particularly the Eucharist, the Pope, and Mary.

Upon this Rock

Upon this Rock

St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church

  • Author: Stephen K. Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681496127
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 350
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Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. He tackles the tough issues in an attempt to expose how the opposition is misunderstanding the Scriptures and history. He uses many Protestant scholars and historians to support the Catholic position. This book contains the most complete compilation of Scriptural and Patristic quotations on the primacy of Peter and the Papal office of any book available. It has over 500 footnotes with supporting evidence from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian authorities.

Evangelical is Not Enough

Evangelical is Not Enough

Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament

  • Author: Thomas Howard
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 0898702216
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 162
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A deeply moving narrative that unfolds the conversion to Catholicism of two Protestant Evangelical Christians

Catholicism and Fundamentalism

Catholicism and Fundamentalism

The Attack on ""Romanism" by " Bible Christians"

  • Author: Karl Keating
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 168149079X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 360
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Karl Keating defends Catholicism from fundamentalist attacks and explains why fundamentalism has been so successful in converting "Romanists". After showing the origins of fundamentalism, he examines representative anti-Catholic groups and presents their arguments in their own words. His rebuttals are clear, detailed, and charitable. Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs.

Return to Rome

Return to Rome

Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic

  • Author: Francis J. Beckwith
  • Publisher: Brazos Press
  • ISBN: 1441203907
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 144
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What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. This provocative book details Beckwith's journey, focusing on his internal dialogue between the Protestant theology he embraced for most of his adult life and Catholicism. He seeks to explain what prompted his decision and offers theological reflection on whether one can be evangelical and Catholic, affirming his belief that one can be both. EXCERPT It's difficult to explain why one moves from one Christian tradition to another. It is like trying to give an account to your friends why you chose to pursue for marriage this woman rather than that one, though both may have a variety of qualities that you found attractive. It seems to me then that any account of my return to the Catholic church, however authentic and compelling it is to me, will appear inadequate to anyone who is absolutely convinced that I was wrong. Conversely, my story will confirm in the minds of many devout Catholics that the supernatural power of the grace I received at baptism and confirmation as a youngster were instrumental in drawing me back to the Mother Church. Given these considerations, I confess that there is an awkwardness in sharing my journey as a published book, knowing that many fellow Christians will scrutinize and examine my reasons in ways that appear to some uncharitable and to others too charitable.

No Price Too High

No Price Too High

A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic

  • Author: Alex Jones
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681493551
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 275
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Alex Jones was an "on-fire" Pentecostal minister in Detroit who was a completely dedicated shepherd of his flock. He greatly loved his people and they loved him. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church - and the Holy Mass - is the same exact "worship service " from the very early Church. Alex began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually Alex, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church. This is his incredible story of a black Pentecostal minister's challenging and dramatic spiritual journey, and the flock that followed him. Today he preaches with his usual passion about Christ - as a Catholic deacon! This book tells the story of Alex's life from his childhood all the way to his conversion to Catholicism in 2001. It simultaneously tells the story of his wife, Donna, and her spiritual journey as well, which shows how they were not always on the same path during Alex's preparation for entering the Catholic Church. Each had to be personally, deeply convinced that this momentous, life-changing and career-changing spiritual decision was God's will for them. Illustrated with numerous photos.

By What Authority?

By What Authority?

An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition

  • Author: Mark Shea
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1586177826
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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In this newly updated, expanded version of his popular work of apologetics, Shea presents a lively and entertaining look at his conversion to Catholicism from Evangelicalism and his discovery of Christian tradition. As an Evangelical, Shea accepted the principle of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone) as the basis of faith. Now as a Catholic convert, he skillfully explains how and why Sacred Tradition occupies a central role in Divine Revelation. Tracing his own journey of intellectual and spiritual awakening, Shea begins by looking for a rejoinder to those modern-day false prophets who would claim that Scripture itself is not to be trusted, and ends with his conviction that tradition, as explained by the Catholic Church, is the only sure guarantee of the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Catholic and Christian

Catholic and Christian

An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs

  • Author: Alan Schreck
  • Publisher: Servant Publications
  • ISBN: 9780867165999
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 242
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New Revised 20th Anniversary Edition! You’re on the spot. Someone wants you to explain some aspect of Catholic belief. Do you really think the pope is infallible? Why do Catholics pray to Mary? Where do sacraments come from? What do you think of the Bible? Are you saved? You wish some well-informed Catholic friend were around to help with the answer. Or perhaps you are asking the questions yourself. Where do Catholic beliefs come from? Why do we pray for the dead? How does the rosary fit into a biblical faith? The best-selling Catholic and Christian provides the answers you need. It is a readable and concise summary of commonly misunderstood Catholic beliefs—the teachings and practices that don’t get much attention in Sunday homilies and in religious education, but which puzzle Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This is a book for all Catholics who want to know more about their faith. A Servant Book.

The Faith for Beginners

The Faith for Beginners

Understanding the Creeds

  • Author: Stephen Ray,Dennis Walters
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681497212
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 153
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The Apostles' and Nicene Creeds are prayers most Catholics take for granted. We pray them by rote when we say the rosary or go to Mass—often without thinking about or fully understanding what we're saying. Providing you with this understanding is what The Faith for Beginners is all about. It's a fascinating romp through the history of the Creeds, closely examining what we believe and why—with references to Scripture, the Church Fathers, and Church councils. You'll learn about heresies, persecutions, and theological disagreements that forced the Church to more carefully define our beliefs and add them to the Creeds. Here's some of what you'll discover in the pages of The Faith for Beginners: Where the word creed comes from and what it meansWhy the Catholic Church has a creed while many other religions don't and seem to get along just fine without themFour crucial functions served by the CreedWhy the Creed was so vital to the building of the ChurchSeven common objections to the Creed—and how to answer each one

Christ in His Fullness

Christ in His Fullness

  • Author: Bruce Sullivan
  • Publisher: Catholic Word
  • ISBN: 9780970262172
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 222
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Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness.

Rome Sweet Home

Rome Sweet Home

Our Journey to Catholicism

  • Author: Scott Hahn
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681494094
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 198
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The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his "enemy" had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, and went through a tremendous "dark night of the soul" after Scott converted to Catholicism. Their conversion story and love for the Church has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of lukewarm Catholics and brought them back into an active participation in the Church. They have also influenced countless conversions to Catholicism among their friends and others who have heard their powerful testimony. Written with simplicity, charity, grace and wit, the Hahns' deep love and knowledge of Christ and of Scripture is evident and contagious throughout their story. Their love of truth and of neighbor is equally evident, and their theological focus on the great importance of the family, both biological and spiritual, will be a source of inspiration for all readers.

The Protestant's Dilemma

The Protestant's Dilemma

How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism

  • Author: Devin Rose
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers
  • ISBN: 9781938983610
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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What if Protestantism were true? What if the Reformers really were heroes, the Bible the sole rule of faith, and Christ's Church just an invisible collection of loosely united believers? As an Evangelical, Devin Rose used to believe all of it. Then one day the nagging questions began. He noticed things about Protestant belief and practice that didn't add up. He began following the logic of Protestant claims to places he never expected it to go -leading to conclusions no Christians would ever admit to holding. In The Protestant's Dilemma, Rose examines over thirty of those conclusions, showing with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism - if honestly pursued to their furthest extent - wind up in dead ends. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant's dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church.

100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura

100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura

  • Author: Dave Armstrong
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers
  • ISBN: 9781933919591
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 135
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"Where Is That in the Bible?" Fundamentalists and many other Protestants use this question all the time, particularly when they're dealing with Catholics. When they are being trained how to talk with Catholics, Fundamentalist evangelizers are taught to use this question. They see it as the "master key" to defeating Catholics. Countless Catholics are absolutely stumped by the question and don't know what to say in response. This is a very important principle in Protestant thought. It's the idea that we should do our theology "by Scripture alone." It even has a fancy Latin name "sola scriptura." It's time for Catholics to stop being beaten up with the Fundamentalists' favorite question. That's why Catholic Answers has published the book 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura by well-known apologist Dave Armstrong. This powerful new book contains just that Biblical arguments. These are the kind that you need to get through to a Fundamentalist. After all, if they're locked into the "Bible only" view, they won't even listen to appeals from other sources. That's why you need the kind of precise, Biblically-based takedown of sola scriptura that Armstrong provides.

The History of Protestantism

The History of Protestantism

  • Author: James Aitken Wylie
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Church history
  • Page: 624
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The Case for Catholicism

The Case for Catholicism

Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections

  • Author: Trent Horn
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681497891
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 342
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This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print. This book is especially relevant as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation draws near and discussion of the arguments made against the Church during that time in history receive renewed interest. The Case for Catholicism answers arguments put forward by early Reformers like Luther and Calvin as well as contemporary defenders of Protestantism like Norm Geisler and R.C. Sproul. It provides a meticulous defense of the biblical and historical nature of Catholic doctrines from Scripture and church history. Finally, in both answering Protestant objections to Catholicism and in providing evidence for the Faith, The Case for Catholicism cites modern Protestant scholars who question Reformation assumptions and show how evidence from Scripture and church history support aspects of Catholic theology. This book is divided into four sections, with each answering a key question Christians have asked about the nature of their faith. Those key questions are: What is my authority? What is the Church? How am I saved? Who belongs to the body of Christ? The Case for Catholicism will become a reliable, resource for any Catholic who desires a well-researched, readable, and persuasive answer to Protestant arguments made against the Catholic faith.

The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism

The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism

  • Author: Louis Bouyer
  • Publisher: Scepter Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781889334318
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 295
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St. John's Gospel

St. John's Gospel

A Bible Study Guide and Commentary

  • Author: Stephen K. Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 0898708214
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 461
  • View: 5470
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As Catholics in ever-growing numbers are taking part in Bible studies, many questions arise. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin? Is it OK to interpret the Bible for ourselves? What Bible should I use? How can I understand such a deep book as the Gospel of St. John? How can I be guided in my studies?

Navigating the Tiber

Navigating the Tiber

How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith

  • Author: Devin Rose
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers Press
  • ISBN: 9781941663776
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: N.A
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In Navigating The Tiber, Devin Rose ( author of Protestant's Dilemma) draws from his own experience as a convert and shows you how to help your friends and family members make the "crossing" to Rome by journeying with them, offering the information, arguments, and most of all the prayerful support they'll need to reach their spiritual home. Not only does he equip you with the knowledge you'll need to answer their questions and challenges, he shows you how to deal with the common aspects of a convert's journey, including: -The best subjects to talk aboutand avoidplus the right order to put them in -The five biggest non-doctrinal problems that keep Protestants out of the Church -What to do when their anti-Catholic friends pressure them -Adapting your efforts to their particular Protestant tradition -The importance of continual prayer and friendship, whether they convert or not Read Navigating the Tiber and help your friends and family have smoother sailing on their way to Christ's Church.