Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Defend, and Explain the Catholic Faith (audio)

2 publishers
, 2010

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In Reasons to Believe, Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, 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, as well as nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather, they offer complementary evidence that God exists. He is someone, and he has a personality, a personal style, that is discernable 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.

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Key Features

  • Leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose
  • Shows how reason and revelations offer complementary evidence that God exists
  • Explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith

Contents of Print Edition

  • Natural Reasons
    • More than a Feeling: On the Love of Learning and the Desire for Dunking
    • Ours to Reason Why: On Seeing, Believing, and Flying
    • Natural Reasons: On the Persuasive Power of the Universe
    • Right and Wrong: On Doing and Denial
    • The Limits of Reason: On the Testimony of Miracles and Prophecy
  • Biblical Reasons
    • Bible Steady: On the Church As One Foundation
    • Saints Alive: On Love and the Limits of Human Fellowship
    • A Mass of Evidence: On the Eucharist and the Purifying Fire of Sacrifice
    • Peace of the Rock: On the Papal Office and Its Paper Trail
    • Reasons of the Kingdom: On Answering With Your Life
  • Royal Reasons
    • Created For the Kingdom
    • The Fleeting and Future Kingdom: The Difference David Made
    • The Kingdom Come: On Christ the King, The Son of David
    • When the Reign Comes: The Church Is the Kingdom
    • The Catholic Lifetime Reasons Place: An Apologetic Exhortation

Praise for the Print Edition

This book should be required reading for every Catholic college student and especially for every priest, seminarian, and deacon. This is apologetics made fascinating.

—Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York

Often we are asked to give an account of the hope that is in us, to explain our Catholic faith. In Reasons to Believe, Scott Hahn offers that explanation in a clear, cogent, and compelling manner, by answering the most frequently raised questions about aspects of Church teaching. It is a must-read for Catholics who want to be able to explain the faith they hold and cherish. This work should be of immense value.

—Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

A great aid to anyone interested in the biblical, patristic, and historical reasons to believe in Jesus Christ as a Catholic Christian.

John Michael Talbot, songwriter, and founder of Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage

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About Scott Hahn

Scott Hahn is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home. Hahn received his BA in theology, philosophy, and economics from Grove City College, PA, his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD in biblical theology from Marquette University. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986. In 2005, he was appointed Pope Benedict XVI chair of biblical theology and liturgical proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.


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