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Overview The Catholic Church has put on a new face, and both Catholics and Evangelicals are confused. What is happening in the Catholic Church? Have key doctrinal views or beliefs changed? Drawing directly from the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, McCarthy answers those questions and addresses primary differences between Catholic doctrine and biblical Christianity.
When Catechism of the Catholic Church broke onto the N.Y. Times bestseller list, its astonishing success confirmed the overwhelming interest of Catholics and Protestants in understanding modern Catholicism. Has the recent openness among denominations affected Catholic teachings? In the new spirit of cooperation, is there any reason why Catholics and Protestants should remain divided?
This powerful and insightful examination of the Catholic Church provides:
a side-by-side comparison of Scripture with the first new worldwide Catholic catechism in 400 years
a summary of how modern Catholicism views grace, works, and heaven
24 ways the Catholic plan of salvation still stands in contrast to biblical truth
a balanced overview of how the authority structure of the Roman Catholic Church compares with that of the New Testament church
an explanation of how participation in the Mass and other sacraments is inconsistent with faith in Christ as Savior
Clear, accurate, significant information to know and share--The Gospel According to Rome
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 1565071077 ISBN13 9781565071070
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More About James G. McCarthy & John MacArthur
James G. McCarthy is the founder and director of Good News for Catholics, Inc. A former missionary to Ireland, Jim is producer/director of the popular video Catholicism: Crisis of Faith and author of The Gospel According to Rome, Conversations with Catholics, and What You Need to Know About Roman Catholicism.
James G. McCarthy currently resides in San Jose. James G. McCarthy was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Gospel According to Rome?
Very informative and factual Jan 6, 2009
I grew up Catholic and my mother is a devout Catholic. My brother claims to be Catholic although he does not attend church. I began attending a non-denominational church in 2001 after being born again with the guidance of friends and the Holy Bible. I have looked for a book such as this one concerning the Catholic views and doctrines. This book is very informative and these are facts. There is a difference between the Holy Bible and the "gospel of Rome" and only one can be true. It is definitely possible to know that you will be in heaven for eternity and I grew up knowing that I could never be sure. If you are a Catholic and read this book, read it with an an open mind and then do the research. It hurts me deeply to know that so many are being misled and do not truly understand. I definitely recommend this book to Catholics and non-Catholics. Right now it is impossible for me to discuss these issues with my family, but I want be able to cite this book if I will ever get the chance to speak of these things with them and have them listen. Pray that God will let you know the difference and the truth.
Very fair Nov 22, 2008
This book was recommended to me by a friend who used to be Catholic and ended up becoming Protestant (not because of this book!) Yes, there are lots of people who do that-- who change churches, and there is nothing wrong with that-- it is called freedom of thought. I liked this book because a) it is very careful to document the official positions of the Catholic church, not engage in hearsay or statements of fringe crazies that every movement has, b) it focuses on the theological issues, which are the real issues, not dwelling on past crimes or accusations of who sinned against who more, and c) he presents the Catholic view clearly, without any commentary, for the first 2/3 of each chapter, before taking the past 1/3 to argue against it. That way you can clearly see what the Catholic position is. In fact, that is the strongest argument. The arguments at the end of the chapters may not convince some people, and in some cases disagree with standard Protestant teaching, but laying out the Catholic positions leads you to say "Can I really believe that?" From my own study of the Catholic church I can tell you that the statements of what the Catholic church teaches are accurate.
These days many people are leaving the Catholic church and going to pure atheism or pagan spirituality. It seems to me that often this is because they assume Catholicism is the "most pure" form of Christianity, so if it is not credible, then other forms of Christianity must be also, as just watered down versions. I encourage such people to take a look at this book to see where Catholicism differs from historic Christian teaching by a large segment of the church, and consider conservative Protestantism. Protestants did not leave because they wanted to make things up; they left because they felt the Catholic church was making things up, and wanted to get back to the Bible.
Outstanding, Truthful, Balanced, Reliable Jun 7, 2008
I have read several books on the subject of Roman Catholicism from the Biblical perspective. In my opinion, this is the single best book on the subject because it clearly, thoroughly, and accurately compares Roman Catholic doctrine to Biblical truth. This book is written for the truth seeker, Catholic or non-Catholic. The format is excellent in comparing side-by-side Biblical Scripture and Roman Catholic doctrine. Catholic doctrine is cross-referenced with excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church so that the reader can read directly what the Roman Catholic Church says about its own doctrines. The author has a solid grasp of both Roman Catholic doctrine and Biblical truth. The material is clearly presented in a very interesting and highly understandable way.
A GREAT BOOK! Jan 17, 2008
I read this book along side "SURPRISED BY TRUTH" (free from Catholic answers radio show, thanks!) and "BORN FUNDAMENTALIST BORN AGAIN CATHOLIC". My goal was to be as fair and open minded as possible. I went over every area of concern point by point, book by book. Communion, the Pope, Justification, Mary, Baptism etc. Looking at each book and comparing. After much prayer and careful consideration I realize now more than ever that I am a Bible Christian. I have also concluded that Catholics and Prtestants are brothers and sisters in Christ. It's a fact that many people leave the Catholic church to find spiritual fulfillment. It happens all the time. It is also a fact that protestants leave their Churches to join the Catholic faith to find spiritual fulfillment. Why does this happen? This is what inspired me to read both sides.
I think we over complicate our faith. I believe our mission is rather simple "...to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves."
I find the comparison... Nov 19, 2007
...aligned. As a student, (and graduate), with a theological degree, (Trinity College), I find this book well aligned. Not perfect mind you, but well aligned. The 'mystique' principle being used here by some detractors, deacons, and priests falls a little short of good review, e.g. there is no reason to hide behind the mystical religion precept and `have' `have-not' mentality if one's points and attempts at communication are accurate and truthful. I have spent the majority of my adult life in debt to the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and His gentle guidance and instruction. The mystery of our faith is not lost on me. First, the principle doctrines in the newer Roman Catholic Catechism (1994), are designed to be self-teaching and accessible to all, not just to Roman Catholics. Second, why there is so much fuss by Roman Catholics reviewing this is a little heavy-handed considering the tone of this book. "Me thinks the religion protesteth too much". Clearly the majority of these detracting reviewers have not read the book but are more likely to be using this review vehicle to counter a valuable attempt at defining the differences between the Christian faith and a particular historical variation on this faith, (yes, I do understand that some say Roman Catholicism is a denomination although much like Mormonism or the Jehovah's Witness who add other documents, pronouncements and texts as equal in authority to the Bible it is still another religion by definition). I believe historical Roman Orthodoxy was 'quite' Christian. Paul visited and wrote to them as beloved in Christ. That Roman Catholicism is not historical apostolic Roman Orthodoxy is clear from the revised catechism as compared to 2nd and 3rd century Roman extant Patristic writers). My conclusion thus far is that Roman Orthodoxy is long gone.
That the Bible is somehow a 'product' of the Roman Catholic Church was probably the most absurd comment I read. If I recall correctly Jewish and Syrian born apostles, (Matthew, John, Peter, Paul, Luke, et. al.), were the vehicle-authors who composed the Bible. Also, and if I site correctly, the preservation of the text was most certainly badly done by the Roman Church (sic, Bezae Cantabrigiensis, Old Italic, Byzantine texts, et. al). Also, historically, the Roman Orthodoxy, (not to be confused with Roman Catholicism), was the 4th Church to be evangelized rather than the first, (if it even matters to some). Being intellectually honest will help us arrive at the truth. Being a bigoted Roman Catholic or a hateful Evangelical will serve nothing. We can find the truth of God with objective (rather than emotional) intent together and dispel with this silly notion of 'primacy'. Only God Himself has a corner on the ultimate perspective. I happen to believe the Old and New Testaments as defined by the Jewish council at Jamnia and the canonical books listed by early Christians in the 2nd century - Athanasius, Origen , Justin), are the basis for our faith and that God Himself teaches those who come to Him in humility. `Primacy' is arrogant and therefore provides the prime context for a Biblical truth-test to those who hold it; it also happens to be historically inaccurate, Biblically unsound or logically untenable. I believe such pride does not have its origins in God's wishes.
The "my bike is better than your bike" because it's older, shinier, and bigger is especially childish...and quite out of character for those who claim for themselves to be ministers of the one truth faith. Let's take note of our goals in this life...and let's do it reverently and on our knees if we are so inclined.