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Overview A report on the new dialogue growing up between Catholics and Protestant evangelicals, with an honest summary of issues that still divide them.
Publishers Description There's still much suspicion between Catholics and Evangelicals, the two largest groups of Christians. Stereotyping casts one sect as a slave to Rome, the other a slave to scripture. Who is really Christian and who is not? Who has true faith? Issues like these divide friends, co-workers, even family members when individuals convert from or to Catholicism or from or to an Evangelical church.
There's been little dialogue between the two. Even that has been between only the most conservative members of each group as they unite against the mutual enemy of liberalism. This book is a step forward, dialogue between centrist Catholics and centrist Evangelicals.
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Publishers Weekly - 11/13/2000 page 101
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 3, 2000
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809139863 ISBN13 9780809139866
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More About Thomas P. Rausch
Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles He is author of numerous books, including "Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice" (2006), "I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed" (2008), and "Educating for Faith and Justice: Catholic Higher Education Today" (2010), all published by Liturgical Press.
Thomas P. Rausch currently resides in the state of California.
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Very gracious and refreshing Jan 22, 2007
I have seen this book a number of times in my local Catholic bookstore and I have thumbed through it a number of times. So last week I chose to pick it up and purchase it and read it. Wow what a pleasent surprise. I am Catholic and my spouse is an Evangelical Protestant. This book is really a beautiful expression of what Christians can do when they stop focusing on their differences for a moment. It is really too bad that there was only one review of this book on this site. I wish that every Christian would read this book and understand that even though there are differences between Evangelicals and Catholics in a lot of theological and biblical areas that there is much that we can agree on. If we put our differences aside for just a moment we could bring city blocks to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What bothers me is a book like this is a work that really matters, and as Protestants and Catholics we could make a huge difference in this crazy world for Christ. It really bothers me to know that the top best sellers in the Christian book world are "the Left Behind series." Every one of these articles are great and well thought out. I especially like the last story in the book about the couple who do missionary work in France within the context of the Catholic Church and both of them are Evangelical Protestants. They both have basically had a ministry for 25 years of helphing Catholics understand their faith better and to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Talk about being obedient to God. I hope if I ever am faced with such a choice that I would obey the Lord like these folks did with such humility. I hope someday I can shake both their hands and say thank you for bringing unity.
Great book, excellent work and good articles. I will pray that as Catholics and Evangelicals that we can turn our attention to the needs of this world and wait for the answers to our differences when we all meet the Blessed Trinity in Heaven.
Finally, although there is much that we can work together on these authors do not compromise the truth that there are serious differences. Both Catholic and Protestant authors point out that there are serious theological differences that are not going to be resolved with one book. They are definately not putting on blinders and saying everything is just fine and dandy. The views are optimistic but realistic.
A true work of understanding and charity Apr 6, 2001
This book was truly the result of what happens when people take their blinders off and look at each other objectively. Having a shared Catholic/Evangelical authorship made the book very interesting indeed, especially for someone like myself who has deep personal ties in both of these camps.
The first part of this book discussed ECT, the Evangelicals and Catholics together pact, being careful to point out what it does NOT say, so that people don't get the idea that its false ecumenism. It does however go at lengths to explain the areas in which we do fully agree, and therefore can be said to have a common evangel.
The middle parts were interesting to me, as they explained sotierology from early and modern viewpoints. It didn't get too heavy, but it may not be of extreme interest to some readers. Next, church structure is discussed in a way that should help both Catholics and Evangelicals understand what each mean by "church" and the historical and Biblical reasons them.
Lastly was an essay by a man named David E. Bjork, an evangelical who tells of his experience evangelizing Catholics in France. What is so special about that? He encourages them to become better Catholics, rather than rip them away from a perfectly valid church, their roots, and their heritage! This was very heartening for me, as I've thought for some time now that this is how evangelism should be done in Central America and Western Europe. Further, his efforts seem to be having a good effect.
This is an encouraging book that I recommend all Catholics and Evangelicals read. For those endowed with open mind and a spirit of charity, there is much to be learned from the authors. I pray that all future cooperation and dialogue is as charitable as this.