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Overview Noted apologist, Patrick Madrid presents the answers to questions such as Why do Catholics... Say Mary remained a virgin? Worship saints? Claim the wafer is really Jesus? Where in the Bible does it all come from?
Publishers Description When some folks have questions about Catholicism, they're more than merely curious. They want to take a jab at your beliefs as they try to persuade you to accept theirs. Door-to-door proselytizers know what to ask. They know what a lot of Catholics can't answer. Now Patrick Madrid has compiled fifty tough questions Catholics face. They're questions he's been confronted with time and again. And he presents fifty solid, Bible-based, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-explain answers. Here is how to calmly, charitably, and effectively respond. Here are the answers to some questions you may have wondered about yourself
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More About Patrick Madrid
Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 Catholic books including Search and Rescue, Where is That in the Bible, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series. Patrick serves as the Director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.
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Very very good. May 7, 2008
Answer Me This is a very wise choice for a Catholic who would like to know the Church's answers to the claims of the doorstep protestants and anti-catholics. An excellent choice for a Catholic layman who wants answers but doesn't want to sit and read volumes and volumes of Cathecism proof for the Catholic (apostolic) position. ;) Some of the most frequently asked questions about the Catholic faith are addressed in this book.
I give this book three stars because it is a great point of beginning for contending for "the faith that was once delivered to the saints"-St. Jude It is short, quick, and has the essence of the truth about Catholic teaching, and answers why Catholic's teach these things. Yet it is not nearly the whole of apologetic answers that can offered to our curious but mislead nu-Christian brothers. It's good ground to build on.
A Great place to start, fun, and interesting book with great pointers. Honest, unbaised, unpassionate. Madrid is pointing to the bible and offering the apostles and saints take on Scripture.
"we can learn a lot about what Scripture actually means by studying how the early saints and apostles took it to mean"-Frank Sheed.
Catholic Beliefs Jul 26, 2007
This is an excellent book on the Biblical basis for Catholic beliefs. It is an easy read and an excellent reference book for later.
Answer Me This Feb 15, 2007
As previous reviews stated, this book seems less offensive to non-Catholics, also it's a good book for Catholics to brush up on the Church's teachings. I gave this review only 4 stars, because although his answers are in accord with the Church's present day teachings, I would have preferred that the Bi-Partisan Cardinals, medling curia, and Pope John Paul II had continued on with Pope John XXIII's Vatican II. For an excellent read on this topic I would suggest the book "A Crisis Of Conscience by Hugh R.K. Barber, M.D.
OK. Next!... Jul 1, 2006
Anyone who shares with other Christians that he is a member of a church that largely adheres to the historic Christian faith and practice is bound to have been challenged by a barrage of questions based largely on a complete misreading of Church history promoted in more sectarian circles. Because historic forms of Christianity have a more holistic approach to the faith whose parts are interrelated in a cohesive whole, giving a thorough understanding to someone used to dealing with isolated propositions in digestible soundbites can be difficult and often border on the impossible. Patrick Madrid gives an example of how this can be accomplished in his book Answer Me This! as he responds to fifty of the most common objections to Catholicism.
While Madrid is concerned primarily with bolstering Catholic claims, many of the points are equally valid for Orthodox, Anglicans, and others seeking a degree of catholicity within their own traditions. The questions are grouped by topic with the more fundamental objections coming first and ones reliant on these erroneous assumptions following. This is an important feature since sometimes the question given is built upon an unmentioned assumption that isn't true. The reader could then take the discussion back to the more basic issue and work from there.
The approach is not to give a thorough presentation of patristic or contemporary Catholic theology but merely to respond to particular points of attack. The focus is usually kept to disarming the opponent rather than attacking him. With this goal in mind, the reader can fire back with biblical and historical evidence and give the opponent food for thought. The fact that many recent converts to Catholicism mention that they raised similar objections until someone shocked them by responding with counterarguments gives testimony to the effectiveness of the approach.
As for the arguments themselves, much of it is pretty basic stuff to those who know some Church history and an understanding of the development of the Canon of Holy Scripture. It is here that is the book's strength. Rather than try to beat the opponent into submission with a barrage of information and a condescending tone, Madrid gives quick and easily understood arguments that neutralize objections and lead to further points of discussion.
The points where many informed readers will part with Madrid is in his treatment of doctrines that are peculiar to Rome. His treatment of the papacy seems forced by comparison to much of the rest of the book and does not face the most important and common objections to papal claims given by Orthodox and traditional Anglicans. Yet, even with these areas of difference, Madrid gives a strong tool for overcoming many fallacies concerning historic Christianity and for this Answer Me This! is highly recommended.
Unconvincing May 30, 2006
I read both Patrick Madrid's Where is That in the Bible? and Why is that in Tradition? While I have respect for Catholics and believe that many of them have true faith in Jesus, I do not agree with many of the Catholic beliefs and doctrines. I am a Christian but I am interested in what Catholics believe because I have many friends who are Catholics. Before reading this book I had, in my lifetime, read the entire Bible, the Vatican II documents, and studied the Catholic canons. That was enough to convince me that many of the Catholic teachings are not in the Bible, and even go against the teachings of the Bible. This book failed to convince me otherwise.