This six volume update to the Catholic Answers Collection equips readers to defend Catholic beliefs while instructing them in basic Catholic teaching. Topics as diverse as Catholicism and Islam, Marian doctrine, basic teaching on the Eucharist and Protestant objections to Catholic teaching are written in an accessible style perfect for those just encountering Catholicism as well as those sharpening their apologetic skills. These six titles will equip you to dialogue with your non-Catholic friends in a winsome, engaging way while deepening your own faith.
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In Memorize the Reasons!, Kevin Vost shows you how to remember information to explain and defend the Catholic Faith. Utilizing ancient memory methods first presented in his bestseller Memorize the Faith!, Vost shows twenty-first century Catholics how to recall everything needed to give reasons for the hope that is within them. The powerful mnemonic techniques found in Memorize the Reasons! will ensure you are always ready with an argument, Scripture passage or reference to the Church Fathers in response to arguments against Catholic teaching. In simple steps that even children can master, Vost teaches you how to build “memory cathedrals” inside your mind, and to fill them with vibrant images that will instantly recall reasons for the papacy and Church authority, for Catholic beliefs about the blessed Virgin Mary, for Sacred Tradition (and against sola scriptura), and more. Best of all, this method is infinitely flexible. Your memory cathedral can be filled and refilled with solid reasons for any and every Catholic belief—locked in and ready to answer any challenge.
Kevin Vost has taught psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, and MacMurray College. He is a Research Review Committee member for American Mensa, which promotes the scientific study of human intelligence. He is the author of One Minute Aquinas, Unearthing Your Ten Talents: A Thomistic Guide to Spiritual Growth through the Virtues and the Gifts and Memorize the Faith!: (And Almost Anything Else) Using Methods Taught by the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters.
In Answering Atheism, Trent Horn responds to today’s popular champions of atheism with a fresh and useful resource for the God debate, combining a thorough refutation of atheist claims with a skillfully constructed case for theism based on reason and common sense. Just as important, he advocates a charitable approach that respects atheists’ sincerity and good will—making this book suitable not just for believers but for skeptics and seekers too.
Meticulously researched—and street-tested in Horn’s work as apologist—Answering Atheism tackles all the major issues of the debate. Subjects covered include reconciling evil and suffering with the existence of a loving, all-powerful God, answering objections to arguments for God’s existence, and whether the empirical sciences have eliminated the need for God—or in fact point to him. Answering Atheism will both thoroughly equip readers to rebut atheists’ challenges and to share with them the good news that God is real.
I’ve read many works of popular apologetics; this is the best.
—Stephen Bullivant, editor, The Oxford Handbook of Atheism
Answering Atheism gets high grades on the three R’s: It is readable, reasonable, and researched. Its defense of the cosmological argument has depth and detail, yet it is not so technical that you need to take a philosophy course to comprehend it.
If you read only one book that shows the reasonableness and beauty of belief in God, it should be Trent Horn’s Answering Atheism.
—Kevin Vost, author, Memorize the Reasons!
Trent Horn has had a passion for explaining and defending the faith ever since he converted to Catholicism at age 17. After earning a degree in history from Arizona State University, Trent traveled the country training pro-life advocates on college campuses to engage opponents in compassionate and persuasive dialogue. After completing a master’s degree in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he served as the Respect Life coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix. In 2012 he joined Catholic Answers as a speaker and staff apologist.
Not Peace, but a Sword: The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam
In Not Peace but a Sword, Robert Spencer confronts misconceptions many people have regarding Islam, arguing that it is neither a religion of peace nor a sister religion to Christianity. Although many Christian groups, including the Catholic Church, rightly pursue peaceful accord with all religions, Spencer warns Christians against the danger of viewing Islam as an easy ally. He argues that where there is falsehood in Islamic doctrine, morals, and practice, papering over the truth will only hurt the cause of peace. Spencer highlights the many areas where Christians and Muslims fundamentally disagree, including the character of God, Jesus, and divine revelation; the nature of truth and the source of moral law; the rights and dignity of women; and religious freedom and other basic human rights. Not Peace but a Sword is a sober warning that if Christians fail to open their eyes to these differences, they do so at their peril.
Robert Spencer is a careful observer of Islam and a courageous voice on behalf of Christians. In his new book, Not Peace but a Sword, he shows Catholics how to take Islam seriously without falling into alarmism, hatred, or bigotry. He provides a needed corrective to the misinformation and disinformation propagated by so many media today.
In Not Peace but a Sword, Robert Spencer carefully examines the multifaceted challenge posed to Christianity by an increasingly militant Islam. His case is calm, lucid, accurate, and uncompromising in its presentation of the facts of history. He provides an honest and unflinching account of the roots of Christian/Muslim tensions, a robust defense of Jesus Christ and Christianity in response to Muslim claims, and a sobering wake-up call to all Christians everywhere that objects in the mirror are closer (much closer) than they appear.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of 13 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Recent books he has written include Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins and Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In.
In Refuting the Attack on Mary, Father Mateo uses Scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers to answer questions regarding Catholic beliefs about Mary. Why is she believed to be immaculately conceived? Was she assumed into heaven? Why is she called the Mother of God? Are Catholic teachings on Mary unbiblical? In his response to these and other questions, Father Mateo points out the errors of logic and fact committed by many anti-Catholics. Remarkably concise, this work powerfully explains how to defend Marian doctrine. After reading it, you will be fully equipped to defend the truth of Catholic teaching.
Father Mateo was the pen name of a Catholic priest who was an emeritus professor of New Testament Greek at a prominent university. He spent nearly 50 years of his priesthood promoting the faith, especially among young people. Not content to work only in the classroom, from 1987 to his death in 1996, Father Mateo hosted the “Ask Father” forum on the Catholic Information Network.
In The Eucharist for BeginnersKenneth J. Howell explains how the Mass can provide a better understanding of the sacrificial nature of God’s love, ultimately helping you become better at loving God. Systematically presenting the Eucharist as sacrament, sacrifice and communion, Howell moves from theological concept to practical application, showing readers how a profound Eucharistic life can shape their everyday decisions about raising children, juggling obligations, pursuing careers and more. A succinct treatment of this important Catholic doctrine, The Eucharist for Beginners is well-suited for those just becoming acquainted with Catholic doctrine, or for those seeking to deepen their appreciation of the Eucharist.
Kenneth J. Howell (Ph D) is the author of several books, including: God’s Two Books: Copernican Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science; Mary of Nazareth: Sign and Instrument of Christian Unity; and Meeting Mary Learning Guide: Our Mother in Faith. A Presbyterian minister for 18 years and a theological professor for seven years in a Protestant seminary, Dr. Howell was confirmed and received into the Catholic Church in 1996.
In The Protestant’s Dilemma, Devin Rose argues with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism—if honestly pursued to their furthest extent—wind up in dead ends of absurdity. Rose patiently unpacks the one solution to this problem: Catholic truth. In each instance, he shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant’s dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority which Christ has given his Church. The Protestant’s Dilemma is the perfect book to give non-Catholics trying to work through their own nagging doubts, or for Catholics looking for a fresh way to deepen their understanding of the Faith.
As a former Protestant pastor, I wish that I had read The Protestant’s Dilemma years ago. Devin Rose serves as a theological tour guide, leading the Protestant from the parlor of Martin Luther to the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Along the way, he demonstrates that each and every step toward the Catholic Church conforms to Sacred Scripture and Church history. This is the guidebook to get you from the Reformation to Rome.
—Taylor Marshall, author, The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism & the Origins of Catholicism
The Protestant’s Dilemma is different from other books written by Catholic converts. Devin Rose takes his reader on a dialectical journey, showing that the beliefs we share with our Protestant friends are only authoritative on ecclesiastical grounds that our Protestant friends reject. Working within the tradition of Socratic reasoning, Rose provides a compelling case for the Catholic Faith.
—Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church-state studies, and co-director of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion, Baylor University
Devin Rose is an author and lay Catholic apologist who equips Catholics to share their faith and Protestants to fairly consider Catholic claims. He is a professional software developer, proprietor of the blog St. Joseph’s and the author of If Protestantism is True: The Reformation Meets Rome.