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

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


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

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

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

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.

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.

If Protestantism Is True

The Reformation Meets Rome
Author: Devin Rose
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780615445304
Category: Religion
Page: 180
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Devin Rose was raised atheistically but underwent a radical conversion to Protestant Christianity before ultimately becoming Catholic. This book was written after ten years of reflection and dialogue with Protestants and Catholics on the key issues that divide them. Rose presents a series of intelligible and compelling arguments for the Catholic Church's claim to be the Church that Christ founded. He considers the strongest Protestant responses to his arguments and offers straightforward rebuttals to them. The papacy, Ecumenical councils, the canon of Scripture, the Protestant Reformers, and the sacraments are just a few of the many topics covered in illuminating detail. Catholics will learn to defend their faith, and Protestants will be challenged to answer the toughest questions about the roots of their beliefs.

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

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


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.

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.

Mary, Mother of the Son: Volume One

Modern Myths and Ancient Truth
Author: Mark P. Shea
Publisher: Catholic Answers
ISBN: 9781933919195
Category:
Page: 171
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Everything you need to fully understand the Churchs teaching about Mary!

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.

St. John's Gospel

A Bible Study Guide and Commentary
Author: Stephen K. Ray
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 0898708214
Category: Religion
Page: 461
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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?

The Trail of Blood


Author: J.M. Carroll
Publisher: Ravenio Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 72
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Remember the days of old. Consider the years of many generations; Ask thy father and he will show thee. Thy elders and they will tell thee.” (Deut. 32:7) 1. What we know today as “Christianity” or the Christian Religion, began with Christ, A.D. 25-30 in the days and within the bounds of the Roman Empire. One of the greatest empires the world has ever known in all its history. 2. This Empire at that period embraced nearly all of the then known inhabited world. Tiberius Caesar was its Emperor. 3. In its religion, the Roman Empire, at that time, was pagan. A religion of many gods. Some material and some imaginary. There were many devout believers and worshipers. It was a religion not simply of the people, but of the empire. It was an established religion. Established by law and supported by the government. (Mosheim, Vol. 1, Chap. 1.) 4. The Jewish people, at that period, no longer a separate nation, were scattered throughout the Roman Empire. They yet had their temple in Jerusalem, and the Jews yet went there to worship, and they were yet jealous of their religion. But it, like the pagan, had long since drifted into formalism and had lost its power. (Mosheim, Vol. 1, Chap. 2.) 5. The religion of Christ being a religion not of this world, its founder gave it no earthly head and no temporal power. It sought no establishment, no state or governmental support. It sought no dethronement of Caesar. Said its author, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matt, 22:19-22; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:20). Being a spiritual religion it was a rival of no earthly government. Its adherents, however, were taught to respect all civil law and government. (Rom. 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13-16) 6. I want now to call your attention to some of the landmarks, or ear-marks of this religion—the Christian Religion. If you and I are to trace it down through 20 long centuries, and especially down through 1,200 years of midnight darkness, darkened by rivers and seas of martyr blood, then we will need to know well these marks. They will be many times terribly disfigured. But there will always be some indelible mark. But let us carefully and prayerfully beware. We will encounter many shams and make-believes. If possible, the very elect will be betrayed and deceived. We want, if possible, to trace it down through credible history, but more especially through the unerring, infallible, words and marks of Divine truth.

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.

Reasons to Believe

How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith
Author: Scott Hahn
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 9780385521857
Category: Religion
Page: 196
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This book unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith. Bestselling author Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, has experienced the doubts that so often drive discussions about God and the Church. In the years before his conversion, he was first a nonbeliever and then an anti-Catholic clergyman. In REASONS TO BELIEVE, he explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith—drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. But He doesn't merely exist. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernible and knowable. Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form—a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and that is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses. At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the ten "keys to the kingdom"—the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ.