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The Salvation Controversy [Paperback]

By James Akin, Jr. (Author) & Regis Martin (Foreword by)
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Perhaps nothing splits apart Catholics and Protestants like the topic of salvation. The arguments rage over how we're saved, when we're saved, and whether we can be assured of salvation. And Protestants fight among themselves as much as they fight with Catholics. No one understands the various arguments better than Catholic Answers' Jimmy Akin--a former Protestant himself. For the last 15 years, Jimmy has studied the issue of salvation, taking into account Church teachings and the various Protestant interpretations, while focusing primarily on Scripture. And now he's taken his findings and put them into a noteworthy book, "The Salvation Controversy." If you want to understand both the Catholic and Protestant positions on salvation--and be equipped to defend the Church's teachings--there's no better guide than "The Salvation Controversy." It's a complete guide to salvation that no Catholic should be without.

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Perhaps nothing splits apart Catholics and Protestants like the topic of salvation. The arguments rage over how we're saved, when we're saved, and whether we can be assured of salvation. And Protestants fight among themselves as much as they fight with Catholics. No one understands the various arguments better than Catholic Answers' Jimmy Akin-a former Protestant himself. For the last 15 years, James has studied the issue of salvation, taking into account Church teachings and the various Protestant interpretations, while focusing primarily on Scripture. And now he's taken his findings and put them into a noteworthy new book, The Salvation Controversy. If you want to understand both the Catholic and Protestant positions on salvation-and be equipped to defend the Church's teachings-there's no better guide than The Salvation Controversy. It's a complete guide to salvation that no Catholic should be without.

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Studio: Catholic Answers
Pages   154
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Catholic Answers
ISBN  1888992182  
ISBN13  9781888992182  


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A Must Read!  Jun 28, 2008
James Akin does a masterful job in analysing the complete process of salvation as taught in the Bible. He provides clear and unrefutable scriptural evidence to support the Catholic understanding of salvation. This is a must read for any serious Christian (catholic or protestant) who wants a true biblical understanding of salvation.
 
Succinct and Clear  Dec 29, 2007
Jimmy (aka. James) Akin's strongest quality, in addition to his knowledge and high intellectual capacity, is his ability to write clearly and succinctly. As a former Protestant, he understands both the Protestant (especially Calvinist) viewpoints quite well, and articulates them in juxtaposition with the Catholic notion (especially as expounded by Thomas Aquinas).

Although he does not diminish the differences, he explains that many points of contention are misunderstandings often resulting from the failure to define terms properly. Akin clarifies these terms and returns to the most debated Bible verses. He then defends the Catholic position using Scripture, history, logic, and common sense.

He also explains how some common sense notions such as "middle salvation" (eg: one man's preaching leads to another's salvation) and "temporal atonement" (eg: returning what was stolen) have been left out of the Protestant vocabulary. The result is that instances in Scripture that refer to these types of salvation are often mistaken for eternal salvation, thus creating more confusion.

Other topics he writes about are penance, indulgences, TULIP, boasting, and ecumenism. My only disappointment is that he only briefly touched on the belief of "eternal security" or "once saved always saved." I would have liked to have seen a whole chapter dedicated to that. Nevertheless, I believe the book still deserves 5 stars.
 
Concise and clarifying  Nov 15, 2007
How much different are Catholic and Protestant views on the doctrines concerning salvation? As Mr. Akin clearly points out well, it really depends on how we define the terms. Perhaps the greatest roadblock between the two has been the misunderstandings about the meanings that each side places in the words they speak with regard to these doctrines. Mr. Akin describes where we are alike, no easy task since many Protestants seem to differ with one another as much as they do with Catholics, and where we are not alike.

The first and overarching distinction is the distinction between temporal and eternal salvation and how that understanding can affect what we believe is taught in particular scriptures. Without that understanding that distinction, we are left to assumptions leading to all sorts of misunderstandings about other salvation-related topics.

Mr. Akin then gently guides us into the difficult subject of indulgences and shows us the scriptural and logical basis for indulgences. Contrary to popular belief, the reformers were not opposed to indulgences - they were opposed to the abuse associated with indulgences at the time. A proper understanding of indulgences (on the part of both Catholic and Protestant believers) will go a long way to heal that misunderstanding.

One chapter I found most helpful was his description of the Calvinist acronym, TULIP. Many Protestants and Catholics alike have misunderstood or misrepresented these "doctrines of grace" as they are often called by Calvinists. Mr. Akin seems to have a very clear and concise understanding of these doctrines. And, it is refreshing that he did not choose to throw it out in entirety but instead chose to compare it with the rich study of Thomas Aquinas' works touching on these doctrines. In the end, he does not offer a replacement for TULIP but instead only a refined form of "Thomist" TULIP. All of this is done in a gracious manner without attempts to belittle or humiliate Calvinists. If you are a Calvinist trying to decipher what the Catholic church really believes on these doctrines, you will want this book for this chapter alone. Many Catholics will find this chapter helpful as well. As Mr. Akin assets in the beginning of the chapter that since scripture uses the word predestination, all Christians must have a doctrine of what predestination is. As a former Calvinist, I found this chapter to be the best and most concise I have seen on this topic and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Following the brief foray into Calvinist Protestantism, Mr. Akin takes us back to the more general topics of faith, good works, and boasting. This is, perhaps, the most difficult topic for most Protestants and Catholics to understand one another. Nowhere do they seem to suffer the symptoms of dueling-definitions worse than on these topics. Mr. Akin does a good job of making the Catholic views quite understandable and clear to the point where one wonders how any Protestant could argue with the Catholic once their definitions are understood. In one brief chapter Mr. Akin dispels one of the most difficult stumbling blocks caused by the reformation. I do not think I have read any description quite so concise and clear on the association between faith, good works, and boasting.

Finally, Mr. Akin draws to a close with an overview of the recent Lutheran-Catholic statement on justification. As is so often the case, outsiders such as the media, have misunderstood or misrepresented what the document contains. Worse, they have used those misunderstandings to make blanket statements about what the document accomplishes with reference to the reformation. Lutherans and Catholics are still at an impasse on many issues related to this topic - Mr. Akin clears up some of that confusion by indicating exactly where Lutherans and Catholics can agree. It may be surprising how much can be agreed upon.

For the concise and clear explanations concerning salvation doctrines, this book is a must have for anyone wanting to know more on this watershed topic of Catholic/Protestant contention. So much has been written from both sides with misunderstandings and misrepresentations of both sides. It is clearly time for all of us to seek out books such as this before we attempt to speak or write on this topic further. This is a wonderful start toward clarity in definitions allowing us to speak the same language at last.
 
Precise, Concise, Accurate  May 19, 2007
If you want a thorough exercise in the issue of salvation here it is! I've not read a better explanation and analysis of this very central to Christianity topic. Mr. Aiken challenges-forces-the reader to think. If you can refute his analysis, you thoroughly know your material. This kind of book is a great advanced text for small group study.
 
Jesus Christ is Salvation, you get it by having faith in Him only.  Apr 30, 2006
This issue of one saying that he is or that she is a catholic, a protestant, a presbyterian, or a baptist, etc., is not important at all, what is important is that Jesus Christ has said that one is saved by having faith in Him. Salvation is through Him only, not because you are a catholic, etc., or have church membership at this cool looking church. It is all by having faith in Jesus Christ Only. Christ says the following, and He says, "...because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him up from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes, and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved"(Holy Bible ESV, Romans 10:9, 2001, p.1140)." As long as you believe in the Lord, you shall be okay. Faith vs works, Christ says it is faith. If it were by works then many people would boast(oh, i did this and that, and you did not do anything), and that is wrong. This issue of one saying that "i am a catholic, or a baptist" is all pride, and it won't save you. You simply cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven(Of God) filled with pride. It is best if these authors, as well as reviews exposed the real truth, about how one can be saved. And it is easy, just accept Jesus Christ into your life(read the Bible, pray alot, and follow the commandments), and ask Him to take you to heaven once you die. Remember, your soul belongs to Jesus Christ. Why? Because He is your creator, and He wants you to be with Him in Heaven but to get there, you must believe in Him (as well as Obey His word[from His Holy Bible]). I recommend the Holy Bible ESV. Do i recommend this book? Yeah, why not, but just becareful, learn to decipher what is truth or bias, but to know, simply pray to Christ and the Holy Ghost (AKA "The Holy Spirit)will help you in seeing through the biases. Remember-preachers, and pastors are not angels but humans filled with sin and prejudices but like i said, accept Jesus Christ into your life and you will be okay.
 

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