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Roman Catholicism [Paperback]

By Loraine Boettner (Author)
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Since its publication in 1962 this informative volume has established itself as a classic treatment of traditional Roman Catholicism. Dr. Boettner contrasts evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic doctrines, as well as the practical effects of these two systems in people's lives. With constant reference to scriptural teaching, Boettner shows that Protestantism was not a new system to arise during the Reformation, but a return to New Testament Christianity and the simplicity of the apostolic church.

466 pages

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Pages   466
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.53" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   P & R Publishing
ISBN  0875520928  
ISBN13  9780875520926  

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More About Loraine Boettner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Boettner is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1928; Th.M, 1929), where he studied systematic theology under Dr. C. W. Hodge. In 1933 he received the Doctor of Divinity, and in 1957 the Doctor of Literature. He taught the Bible for eight years at Pikeville College (Kentucky). His books include The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (1932), Studies in Theology (1947), Immortality (1956) and Roman Catholicism (1962).

Loraine Boettner was born in 1901 and died in 1990.

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would give zero stars if I could  May 12, 2008
This book is so bad it makes me worder if Loraine was even an actual christian or even ACTUALLY studied church history. This man obvously has a problem with authority and thinks hes holy enough the interperate the bible on his own. If Sola Scriptura was true then there wouldn't be 30,000 denominations who all claim to goto "scripture alone" yet all come out with outrageous different theologys and doctrines from each other. This proves that scripture alone is not enough and the apostle Peter in his epistle says that "no scripture is a matter for PRIVATE interperatation".
Intellectually Dishonest or Ignorant Bigotry? You Decide  Apr 7, 2008
This embarassment of a book has been completely and irrefutably debunked by Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians" by Karl Keating. Boettner was horribly misinformed about what Catholics actually believe or was so blinded by anti-Catholic bigotry that he didn't care to get his facts straight. Any fool can knock down a straw man, which is all that Boettner does in this book. If you believe that fundamentalists are right and Catholics are sadly misguided and bound for Hell, I dare you to read Keating's book, cover to cover.
I can't beleive that they killed a tree to publish this  Feb 1, 2008
I bought this book to help me rationalize my decision to leave the Catholic Church.(This is a review of the hardcover edition)
Instead he and Tim Lahaye drove me back into the Catholic Church.
On page 7 ande 8 of the introduction he gives a list of "Catholic heresies and inventions." As ignorant of the faith as I was at the time I realized that this list was just outright wrong.
Through out the rest of the book he resorts to innuendo and outright lies to present a case against a strawman church that exists only in the minds of the most die hard anti-Catholic bigots.
Some examples.
On page 83 he states that the Catholic Church added the 7 Deuterocanonicals, but ignores the fact taht the Jewish Allexandrian Canon existed for over 700 years before the Bible existed.
On page 92 in the chapter on Tradition, he sates that the Bible condemns tradition while ignoring the fact that Paul told Timothy to hold fast to Traditons.
One of my favorite errors is on page 235 when he is discussing Papal infalliability. He states correctly that the Pope must be speaking "Ex Cathedra" but in the footnaotes makes is seem that the Pope must be literally sitting in his Papal chair, instead of the "Seat of Authority" of his office.
The rest of the book is filled with much of the same.

If Boettner had done the tiniest bit of research maybe he might not have presented some of these, maybe.

If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. If you read anything you should read Karl Keating's book
"Catholicism and Fundamentalism" it serves as a great counterpoint to this shameless anti_Catholic bigotry.
I worry about those who take this book seriously  Dec 31, 2007
This book is fiction. Sad fiction at that. Ridiculous fiction actually. Note the dearth of footnotes or authoritative quotes. This book was written by a man who was clearly an anti-Catholic bigot -- often times for people who are on the same ungodly road as the author was on until he passed away and came face to face with his judge -- Jesus Christ.

This book is such a horrible fabrication of hatred and lies that I truly wonder about the spiritual and intellectual health of those who actually recommend this fetid work.

Don't waste your time. This is sewage. You can read these sorts of lies on the web for free...
Spot on with a high degree of accuracy  Dec 22, 2007
Boettner deserves much more credit than the many distractors here want the reader to believe. His book, "Roman Catholicism", is spot on and accurate in its assessment of the man-made doctrines and traditions of the Roman Catholic institution. Having been taught, since childhood, the so-called traditions of Rome, it is refreshing to me that Boettner can still be read and perhaps even be used to help save some souls from the inventions of Romanism. His work will never be outdated. Don't let such reviews, like Garver's above nit-picking, discourage anyone from reading this book. Yes, Garver did fine an error with Boettner's citation of "Valencia 1229", but the mistake was in name only and not outcome. It should read "Toulouse 1229", which did restrict the use of the Bible. Regardless of the Albigensians, or what they believed, the so-called church and council had no right to place the Bible on a forbidden book list, which is the correct and accurate point Boettner outlines in his "Roman Catholicism". On the major issues Boettner is spot on and accurate. Take something major like the invention of the role of papal authority, or the Pope as the Universal Bishop over all of the church. Boettner perhaps doesn't list every single reason for discrediting this hoax invented by Rome, but let Pope Gregory the Great offer support where Boettner might be lacking, "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]. 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 Bishop, by the venerable Council of Chalcedon. But 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 rank of Pontificate, he took to himself the glory of singularity, he might seem to have denied it to all his brethern." (Epistle XVIII). The reader can get the whole truth by reading the teaching and letters of Pope Gregory the Great, but for now Boettner's work will stand the test of time, especially when measured as a complete work, and not against a minor mistake in name only and not a point of fact. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless all the readers of Boettner's "Roman Catholicism", which other than the Bible, the Roman Catholic will fine no better book to read. In fact, don't let the Pope or his puppets stop the reader from reading both at the same time!

Gordon A. Stamper

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