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Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith [Hardcover]

By Scott Hahn (Author)
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A study of the hows and whys of the Catholic faith draws on scriptural passages, personal experience, and everyday life to offer a straightforward, thought-provoking response to common criticisms of Catholicism. 40,000 first printing.

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This book unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith.
Bestselling author Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, has experienced the doubts that so often drive discussions about God and the Church. In the years before his conversion, he was first a nonbeliever and then an anti-Catholic clergyman.
In REASONS TO BELIEVE, he explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith--drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. But He doesn't merely exist. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernible and knowable. Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form--a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and that is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses.
At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the ten "keys to the kingdom"--the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ.

From Publishers Weekly
Many times in its 2,000-year history, the Catholic Church was under tremendous scrutiny and even persecution, thus necessitating the faithful to provide a cogent and passionate explanation of doctrine to skeptics. These explanations developed into a formal branch of theology known as "apologetics." Hahn, an increasingly popular theologian, speaker and writer, has grabbed the doctrinal baton with books like The Lamb's Supper and Hail, Holy Queen. Here he presents a contemporary apologetics for those who feel a need to defend their faith in the postmodern world. Hahn certainly knows the Catechism, and his writing is concise and certain. He unabashedly declares the Catholic faith to be "the only Christian body that professes one faith, undivided, unchanged, throughout the world and throughout the ages." While some may be persuaded by this rhetoric, such phrases will come across to others as overly triumphalistic, especially since the history of the church includes many doctrinal disputes and painful clashes over belief that Hahn glosses over. Readers wrestling with doubts about their faith may not find much solace in Hahn's work, but Catholics who feel the need to articulate their viewpoint to fellow believers and nonbelievers could benefit from Hahn's clear explanation of doctrine. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith by Scott Hahn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 06/01/2007 page 124
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/12/2007 page 54
  • Christian Retailing - 05/07/2007 page 41

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Doubleday Religion
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 8, 2007
Publisher   Doubleday Religion
ISBN  0385509359  
ISBN13  9780385509350  

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More About Scott Hahn

Scott Hahn

SCOTT HAHN is a professor of theology and Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and was recently appointed to the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation of Saint Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, Pennsylvania). He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Lamb's Supper; Hail, Holy Queen; Swear to God; and Understanding the Scriptures. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

Scott Hahn currently resides in Steubenville, in the state of Ohio.

Scott Hahn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 30-Minute Read
  2. Catholic for a Reason
  3. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
  4. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
  5. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible S
  6. Letter & Spirit Journal

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OK for Catholics but Not Others  May 3, 2010
This book is a good overview of Catholic beliefs for Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics believe. It will not convince skeptics.
Awesome  Dec 17, 2009
Love this book. Great for all Catholics, whether you are a convert or a Cathollic looking for more information on the teachings of the church and answers.
Reasons to Believe  Nov 18, 2009
The book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. It was well packaged, averting damage during shipping.
Reasons to Believe by Scott Hahn  Nov 3, 2009
I loved this book. As a returning Catholic, I found the book very enlightening, as I face some extreme Catholic bashing out in the world. There were some areas in the book that were over my head, but I intend to read the book again and again. The more I read by Scott Hahn, the more I have grown in my understanding of my faith. I also read the Lamb's Supper and loved that too.
Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith by Scott Hahn  Oct 12, 2009
Every Catholic who takes their faith and the mission of Christ seriously, should read this book. Scott Hahn brings Catholic theology and catechesis to the level of the common person, making it, not only informative and easy to understand, but also entertaining. The reader feels as if Dr Hahn is addressing them personally in his usual captivating manner. Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith

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