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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.01" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898701775 ISBN13 9780898701777 UPC 008987017752
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More About Karl Keating
Karl Keating is the founder of Catholic Answers, America's largest Catholic apologetics and evangelization organization. He is the author of seven other books, six on religion and one on cosmology.
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Good overview and intro to Apologetics Jun 2, 2008
This is a clearly written introduction to Roman Catholic apologetics. Keating explains what apologetics is, identifies the top traditional criticisms of Roman Catholicism by Protestants, more specifically fundamentalists, and how to rebut them, and finishes with a very high level "so you think you want to be an apologist" chapter and a chapter recommending other books for further reading if you want to get serious.
I found it a bit dated in his examples and who his focus is on. For example, he spends quite a bit of time on Jimmy Swaggert. Clearly in the 1980's he was prominent, but just as clearly he is irrelevant today. I would like to see an update on who the current cast of characters/ organizations are that sponsor and promote anti-catholicism, but I guess you can get that from Keating's website. In any of the 5 states I have lived I have never experienced the anti-catholic protesting and pamphleteering he writes about as if it is commonplace. Again, maybe I'm just lucky. More often the opportunity for apologetics arises at family and friend informal gatherings when the topic turns to religion. Not with a fundamentalist banging on my front door.
He consistently claims a large percentage of fundamentalist converts are former Catholics but I don't see that where I live. My experience with fundamentalist/bible-church types is not that they have any strong animosity or are stridently anti-catholic but that they are frankly just woefully uneducated on the Christian religion (as are many catholics) beyond what the bible and their particular pastor/priest says. They also tend to be from other Protestant faiths more often than not in my observation. A good bit of this book should help a Catholic educate these folks on the church, and probably educate the Catholic on his own Church as well. I would also recommend The Faith Explained by Leo Trese as an excellent and easily read apologetic.
Why didn't I learn this in school? Feb 28, 2008
This book, 2 Baptist preachers, a AKJV Bible and Joseph Smith allowed Jesus to bring me out of a Baptist denomination and home to His visible body on earth, His Catholic Church.
You can not deny the truth in this book or the complete 73 Book Bible.
Hard hitting and dead on accurate Feb 1, 2008
This was one of two books that my wifes Brother sent me to counter Boettner's "Roman Catholicism" Keating does a marvelous job of explaining the the anti-Catholics position and then tells why most of these are just strawman arguements (many made by angry ex-Catholics) The book is very no nonsense and Keating does not pull any punches. The best part, at least for me is that he quotes directly from the anti-Catholics work directly, showing very diligent scholarship. My very best advice, if you are being questioned on your faith or if you are thinking about leaving the Church for one of the Fundamentalist groups, or if you hafve a relative that needs it, buy this book.
FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY! Jan 11, 2008
AN AWSOME BOOK! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! REALLY HELPS THE FUDAMENTALIST AND THE CATHOLIC TO UNDERSTAND EACH SIDE'S DIFFERENCE. REALLY EXPLAINS THE CATHOLIC ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WITHOUT THE QUESTION BEING TWISTED OR MIS- QUOTED.THE BOOK ALSO GIVES THE FUNDAMENTALISTS' VIEWS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS WITHOUT OMMISION! THE BOOK WILL LEAVE YOU WITH BEING VERY WELL INFORMED AND PROUD TO BE CATHOLIC AND MAYBE EVEN CAUSING THE FUNDAMENTALIST TO SEEK THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BECAUSE OF ALL THE CLARIFICATIONS THE BOOK PRESENTS, ALONG WITH A RICH SUPPLY OF CHURCH HISTORY THAT WILL JUST AMAZE YOU! PLEASE ASK YOURSELF ONE QUESTION? DID JESUS REALLY INTEND FOR THERE TO BE SO MANY DIFFRENT DENOMINATIONS IN THE WORLD TODAY, OR DID HE WANT US TO BE UNITED AND COME TOGETHER IN THE BELIEVE OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUXIFIED?
Defense of darkness Dec 24, 2007
Keating is both a waste of words and time. He has swallowed the inventions of Romanism; hook, line, and sinker, and proceeds to then defend darkness and call it light. I gave him 1 star because of the many attacks against Boettner and his book, "Roman Catholicism". Such a diatribe just might lead the curious and searchers of the truth to a book that actually strips the sheeps clothing from the wolf. Had Keating really investigated the facts he might have come across the Biblical and Fundamentalist teaching of Pope Gregory the Great. One must wonder if his straw-man attacks would work against a Bishop of Rome? Gregory writes about the dangers of any bishop trying to put all other bishops under his rule and taking the name of "Universal", "under none, and alone above all", which is exactly what every Pope of Rome has claimed since Gregory's death in 604 AD. So much for Keating's defense of darkness. Perhaps Keating and his readers might want to study the root a little closer? Here are some direct quotes from Pope Gregory the Great in his admonishment of John the Fast who wanted to be callrd Bishop over all other bishops, "But with what daring or with what swelling of pride I know not, you have attempted to seize upon a new name whereby the hearts of all your brethern might have come to take offense... despising thy brethern, to covet to be named the only bishop." Gregory goes on and even quotes the Bible in the following, "Who, I ask, is proposed for imitation in this wrongful title but he [Satan] who, despising the legions of angels constituted socially with himself, attempted to start up to an eminence of singularity, that he might seem to be under one and to be alone above all?... And when thou desirest to put thyself above them by this proud title, and to tread down their name in comparison with thine, what else dost thou say but 'I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven'". Thus, Gregory, a Bishop of Rome himself, dispells this hoax of authority taken by all Popes since, which falsely claim to be Bishop above all other bishops. Gregory taught that not only had he rejected such a position, but that no bishop since Peter, had ever claimed to be the Universal Bishop over all the Church. Gregory wrote, "Certainly Peter, the first of the apostles, himself of the holy and universal Church, Paul, Andrew, John,---what were they but heads of particular communities? And yet all were members under one Head [Jesus Christ]". Keating fails to mention these points and neither will you find them taught in any CCD class. To nail the coffin shut on Keating's Catholicism, Pope Gregory gives us the true history of the Bishops of Rome with these closing words, "Was it not the case, as your Fraternity knows, that the prelates of this Apostolic See, which by the providence of God I serve, had the honor offered them of being called Universal by the venerable Council of Chalcedon. But yet not one of them has ever wished to be called by such a title, or seized upon this ill-advised name, lest if, in virtue of the rank of Pontificate, he took to himself the glory of singularity, he might seem to have denied it to all his brethern." Again, what did all the Popes since Gregory claim that was never claimed prior? They all claimed to be Universal Bishop, or Supreme Pontiff, which was a new and different claim to power never seen since Pope Gregory the Great, or prior! Of course now these Popes are more than just Bishop above all bishops, but blush not at being called "Most Holy Father", which is a title above even God and in direct violation of the Scriptures, since only God is holy, "Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." Revelation 15:4. Of course these 'Bishops above all bishops' and 'Most Holy Fathers' will find out the real truth of their positions, as usurpers of both power and title, when they stand before the throne of judgement and Jesus Christ. I wonder if they will be the Most Holy then! In the meantime don't waste your time reading Keating, unless it is to compare what Boettner, fundamentalism, and the Bible really have to offer.