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Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics [Paperback]

By Ron Rhodes (Author)
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If you are interested in sharing the gospel with your Catholic friends or understanding their beliefs more clearly, "Reasoning From The Scriptures With Catholics" is a complete, easy-to-use reference perfect for you.

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Anyone interested in sharing the gospel with Catholic friends or understanding where members of that denomination stand on important points of theology will appreciate this thorough yet easy-to-use reference. Using the simple, step-by-step format applauded by readers in Rhodes' previous books, "Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics "covers many theological issues that divide Protestants and Catholics, including1/4purgatory and indulgencesthe reverence of Mary, mother of Jesuspapal infallibilityCatholic traditionsand much more

Each chapter examines a single Catholic belief or practice as taught in the Catholic Catechism and other major Catholic sources, provides biblical responses, and offers questions to help Catholics examine their church's readings. Pastors, teachers, and lay leaders will find this insightful guide a must-have tool for sharing the good news of salvation by faith alone with Catholic friends and family members.

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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Pages   359
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.03" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736902082  
ISBN13  9780736902083  

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More About Ron Rhodes

Ron Rhodes If you are looking for a source to expand your prophetic horizons, Ron Rhodes is at the top of the list. His primary website, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries is packed with valuable information, a teaching and resource ministry that specializes in defending Christianity against atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the cults, world religions, and any group teaching false doctrine. His ministry is dedicated to producing concise materials that enable Christians to defend their faith.

Ron has amazingly authored over 60 books. Each publication is impressive. His work is some of the best for armoring Christians against the anti-biblical assaults gaining momentum each day. Three of his books are Silver Medallion winners. His formal education: Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors. Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean's List. B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award.

From 1988-1995 Ron was Associate Editor of the Christian Research Journal, editor of the Christian Research Newsletter and co-host the Christian Research Institute's popular national radio show, The Bible Answer Man.

Most of Ron’s time today is spent involved in his non-profit ministry, writing and making guest appearances as keynote speaker at conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He regularly addresses current issues in the media and teaches cult apologetics through his books and website and when time permits he lectures at Veritas Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot Seminary and Biola University and other well-known seminaries. Ron Rhodes is also a frequent guest and contributor to various national media outlets, from magazines, television and radio shows. This man deserves to be placed in the “expert” category.

Dr. Rhode’s oversees his ministry staff in the researching and publication of fact sheets, booklets, and outlines dealing with a vast numbers of growing cutting-edge topics. He offers many of these items free of charge. His website is continuoulsy updated with new articles and resources staying current with the fast-moving issues effecting Chritianity and the world in general. Dr. Rhode’s excellent resources are outstanding for understanding how to witness to cults and all non-Christians alike, and those who believe they are Christians but are caught-up in liberal theology and questionable doctrines.

Ron Rhodes currently resides in Frisco, in the state of Texas.

Ron Rhodes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 10 Most Important Things
  2. Quick Reference Guides (Harvest House)

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Very superficial  Mar 22, 2007
This book's title is very misleading. It is evident that Ron Rhodes failed to have a deep understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and his arguements are very superficial. Even though he has Th.M. and Th.D. from the Dallas Theological Seminary, any amateur Catholic apologetic can easily refute his false claims against the Church. Therefore, I am led to believe that anybody who agrees or believes what is contained in this book, is only because they have misguided prejudice and must be careful not to judge based on preconcieved false assumptions. I recommend that if you would like to know more about the Church and her doctrine or even if you would like to refute the Catholic doctrine, then you should read a book about the Catholic faith by a Catholic writer. If I can make any recomendations, then you may want to begin with Francis de Sales, Thomas Aquinas, Fulton Sheen, John Henry Newman, Scott Hahn, Peter Kreeft, and Patrick Madrid just for starters. You will do yourself a service in the name of the Truth.
A Compelling and Clear Expose on Where the Catholic Church Has Strayed from the Bible  Dec 7, 2006
Ron Rhodes is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of numerous well-researched books in defense of the historic Christian faith. He holds a Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. It is beyond obvious that many of the reviewers of this book below are diehard Catholics. I am suspicious if they have even read this book. Ron Rhodes, the author, does a great job laying out what the Bible teaches and where the Catholic Church has strayed. If you have a Catholic family member or friend, who you are trying to share the Gospel with, you'll find this book very helpful.
Reasoning from Scripture with Catholics  Jul 24, 2005
The reason I gave this book one star was becasue I could not give it a Half or even zero.
Rhodes makes two error in this book.
first he gives information that is second hand at best and does not go to the primary source. He cites very few Catholic sources instead reling on what others have said about the Catholic Cbhurch
Second he wastes a lot of time setting up strawman arguements around this mis-beliefs and even more time knocking them down.
An example of this is on page 27 when he says that Catholics beleive the definitions of the Catholic Church because the Church stands over the Bible. Catholic do not beleive that. And it wopuld have taken very little investigation for Rhodes to discover this. Instead Catholics beleive that the Bible and Church stand together on equal footing to bring out mans salvation.
Perhaps Rhodes should have taken some history classes while he was pursuing his degree.
I would stongly reccomond that the reader save their money and spend it instead on books like "Catholicism and Fundamentalism", or "What Catholics really Beleive." by Karl Keating, or "The Salvation Congtroversy" by Jimmy Akin.
After a quick review of Rhodes' book  Apr 14, 2005
Four quick comments:

1. Even though the book claims to be reasoning "from Scriptures", it in fact relies heavily on something else - the theories and interpretations of some U.S. Evangelical Protestant SCHOLARS who, allegedly, help us "understand the real meaning" of controversial biblical passages. Paradoxically, this serves as a perfect illustration of the Catholic truth that the Scriptures cannot be understood in isolation (as if they just "fell from heaven"), and that we (the Church) need SOMETHING ELSE in making sense of God's revelation. Now, where do we find this "something else"? In the latest generation of Ph.D. graduates from U.S. Evangelical Protestant colleges? What is this "something else" that we need (clue: it is also mentioned in the Bible)? Academic scholarship? Or perhaps SHEPHERDSHIP (apostolic authority guided by the Holy Spirit through history - i.e., tradition)?

2. Even though the book claims to be based on Scripture alone, it does resort quite a bit to theology--although only the kinds of theories that support the views of SOME U.S. Evangelical Protestant traditions. Furthermore, Rhodes does not ponder the deeper theological arguments of the Universal and Historic Church. Even though Rhodes seems to have read the Catechism and a few papal documents, he does not meditate long enough on what they say and mean.

3. The very title of the book assumes as a given what Catholics since apostolic times never believed or practiced: That the Christian message is to be discerned from Scripture alone, without reference to the living and ongoing tradition of the Christian community and its pastors, guided by the Holy Spirit. This "sola scriptura" assumption was not St. Paul's approach, nor St. Luke's, nor St. Justin Martyr's, nor St. Ignatius of Antioch's. Hence, the very purpose of the book (stated in its title) determines its very limited relevance.

4. Rhodes does not fail to note when an author happens to be a former Catholic turned Protestant. However, when mentioning (quickly and without comment) Scott Hahn, Peter Kreeft, and others, he fails to note that they are well respected former-Protestants-turned-Catholic academics.

In sum, the book provides an opportunity for Catholics to sharpen their arguments in defense of Historical Christianity. For Evangelical Protestants, it can only feed them with a traditional set of biases about the One Church.

Beyond these differences, Catholic and Protestant Christians have a lot of work to do to understand each other and face the real adversary of Christ's Gospel.
Good Resource for Catholic Apologists  Nov 19, 2004
Rhodes has a more impressive bibliography than most "save the Catholics" texts. He doesn't seem to directly quote from Hahn, (the one reference is second hand), Madrid or some others, and sparingly and selectively of Keating. Has he really read them? Maybe his next book should be a detailed critique of all of Hahn's books. That would be interesting. He does quote a number of Documents and other papal writings. He relies on Hardon's dictionary, the Catholic Catechism and Ott for definitions which is fine. Oddly, he seems to rely heavily on quotes from Mary White the founder of the SDA and writer of numerous very Cathophobic works, as well as a James White who seems to be Mary's echo. I would hope that Protestant apologists reading this book would read all the books in his bibliography instead of relying on Rhodes interpretation and select quotes. I need to reread before going into a detailed critique of his commentary on the various issues. At first read, it appears to be the same old tired stuff trotted out with more detail but not a lot more sense. Again, Rhodes is another "Bible expert" claiming to be the authority on what the scriptures say or do not say, while poo-pooing the idea of any church having been gifted with authority. I give this book three stars for its detail and the fact that any serious Catholic apologist should read it and shelve it along side the Book of Mormon, JW texts, the Great Controversy, and etc. Good reference.

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