David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism - theology professors, seminary presidents and founders of evangelical mission agencies were frequent guests at his family dinner table. Currie received a degree from Trinity International University and studied in the Masters of Divinity program. This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. Currie presents a very lucid, systematic and intelligible account of the reasons for his conversion to the ancient Church that Christ founded. He gives a detailed discussion of the important theological and doctrinal beliefs Catholic and evangelicals hold in common, as well as the key doctrines that separate us, particularly the Eucharist, the Pope, and Mary.
Author: Albert H. Boudreau
Release Date: 2000-09-01
Millions of Christians claim a born again experience -a rich and lasting relationship with God as Father. Can a Catholic have such a revitalizing experience and remain a good Catholic? This book not only says yes, it proves that the born again experience is Catholic Christianity at its best. It answers questions, dispels doubts, and leads the reader into a rich and exciting relationship with their heavenly Father. It provides a chance to recapture the faith that so many find slipping away. An exciting treatment of a fascinating subject backed by competent Catholic authority. The book has been granted an Imprimatur.
Karl Keating defends Catholicism from fundamentalist attacks and explains why fundamentalism has been so successful in converting "Romanists". After showing the origins of fundamentalism, he examines representative anti-Catholic groups and presents their arguments in their own words. His rebuttals are clear, detailed, and charitable. Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs.
Author: Daniel F. Wiegand
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Release Date: 2010-12
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED * What it means to be "born again"? * If Jesus is really present in communion? * If it is okay to go to Mary and the Saints in prayer? * How faith and works are related to salvation? * If the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for real? * What the Catholic Mass is really all about? * Why the Catholic Bible has more books than other Bibles? * If the rules and traditions of the Catholic Church are Scriptural? * What happened century by century in Catholic Church history--and why? * What God has to say about Christian unity? This book answers these questions and many others from the down-to-earth viewpoint of attorney Daniel Wiegand who, after confronting his own questions about Christianity and Catholicism, explored the Bible and became a born again, Bible believing, Spirit filled, Catholic. If you're not familiar with the term "born again," don't worry. This book is definitely Catholic and has received the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. If you'd like to be a better informed Catholic, have a greater understanding and appreciation of your faith, get more out of Mass, have a closer relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit and be able to respond to those who say the Catholic Church isn't scriptural, read this book. If you have a friend or loved one who has left the Catholic Church, this book may draw them back. If you're a former Catholic or a non-Catholic who has questioned the scriptural basis for Roman Catholicism, this book will benefit you as well. With over 600 Scripture references and quotations the author literally makes the case for Roman Catholicism. WHAT DR. FRANS BRANDT, Ed.D, ABMP SAYS In his Foreword to the book, Dr.Brandt, author of ten books published in several countries, says "Both Catholic and non-Catholic Christians-as well as anyone who has even the slightest interest in the Bible, spirituality, or Church history-will be greatly blessed by reading this book. ...Wiegand has written the kind of book, perhaps even the book, that may play a major role in bringing about greater unity to the body of Christ."
Author: Stephen K. Ray
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 1997
An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church. Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.
Author: Christian Smith
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2011-06-09
American evangelicalism has recently experienced a new openness to Roman Catholicism, and many evangelicals, both famous and ordinary, have joined the Catholic Church or are considering the possibility. This book helps evangelicals who are exploring Catholicism to sort out the kind of concerns that typically come up in discerning whether to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. In simple language, it explains many theological misunderstandings that evangelicals often have about Catholicism and suggests the kind of practical steps many take to enter the Catholic Church. The book frames evangelicals becoming Roman Catholic as a kind of "paradigm shift" involving the buildup of anomalies about evangelicalism, a crisis of the evangelical paradigm, a paradigm revolution, and the consolidation of the new Catholic paradigm. It will be useful for both evangelicals interested in pursuing and understanding Catholicism and Catholic pastoral workers seeking to help evangelical seekers who come to them.
The Mayans- Martin Luther- modern doomsday preachers, there's a long list of people who predicted the end of the world and got it wrong. Does Jesus belong on that list? After all, in Matt:24:34 he seems to indicate the end will come within a "generation," yet many generations have passed and the world is still around. Was he mistaken? In What Jesus Really Said About the End of the World, author David Currie examines Christ's end-times prophecies, using the tools of biblical scholarship, the wisdom of the Church Fathers, and Old Testament history and typology, as he presents a fascinating, highly readable interpretation of Jesus' words that harmonizing with Catholic tradition and answering the charge that Christ predicted an end that never came. He rebuts both skeptics and many Evangelical Christians (who resort to extrabiblical theories like the "Rapture") while giving comfort to other Christians who have been confused or embarrassed by this seeming blow to Christ's credibility. Currie also unlocks for you the most important message - not to inspire fearful calculations about the day and hour but to remind us that our own end will surely come, so we must be always ready.
Author: Jon M. Sweeney
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Release Date: 2005
With a remarkable range of experiences, Sweeney writes with warmth and affection for the faith he has left behind. And he offers wise reflections on those aspects of fundamentalism that all Christians might learn from.
The only Catholic Study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the New Testament and the penetrating study tools developed by renowned Bible teachers Dr. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. This volume presents the written Word of God in a highly readable, accurate translation, excellent for personal and group study. Extensive study notes, topical essays and word studies provide fresh and faithful insights informed by time-tested, authentically Catholic interpretations from the Fathers of the Church and other scholars. Commentaries include the best insights of ancient, medieval and modern scholarship, and follow the Church's guidelines for biblical interpretation. Plus, each New Testament book is outlined and introduced with an essay covering questions of authorship, date of composition, intended audience and general themes. The Ignatius Study Bible also includes handy reference materials such as a doctrinal index, a concise concordance, a helpful cross-reference system, and various maps and charts. "With copious historical and theological notes, incisive commentary and tools for study, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament is outstanding for private devotion, personal study and Bible study groups. It is excellent for evangelization and apologetics as well!" - Stephen Ray, Host of The Footprints of God series; Author of Upon This Rock "Once a generation a truly unique Bible tool is given to the Church. The Ignatius Study Bible is a gift for our generation. This is the most important book since the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Every parish study group and every student of Sacred Scripture should own and use this Bible." - David Currie Author, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic "The Ignatius Study Bible "is a triumph of both piety and scholarship, in the best Catholic tradition: simply the most useful succinct commentary that any Christian or other interested person could hope for." - Erasmo Leiva, Author, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word
Author: Bruce Sullivan
Publisher: Catholic Word
Release Date: 2007-03-01
Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness.
What was the early Church like? Contrary to popular belief, Rod Bennett shows there is a reliable way to know. Four ancient Christian writers—four witnesses to early Christianity —left us an extensive body of documentation on this vital subject, and this book brings their fascinating testimony to life for modern believers. With all the power and drama of a gripping novel, this book is a journey of discovery of ancient and beautiful truths through the lives of four great saints of the early Church—Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons.
Author: Thomas Howard
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 1997-01-01
In his first full-length book since converting to Roman Catholicism over ten years ago, Thomas Howard presents his wonderful, refreshing insights on the "glad tidings" of the deeper meaning of Catholic piety, dogma, spirituality, vision and practice, rendered in his unique style of prose for which he is well-known. The book's chapters take the form of lay meditations on Catholic teaching and practice, opening up in practical and simple terms the richness at work in virtually every detail of Catholic prayer, piety, liturgy and experience.
Author: Douglas M. Beaumont
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 2016-01-04
Over the course a single decade, dozens of students, alumni, and professors from a conservative, Evangelical seminary in North Carolina (Southern Evangelical Seminary) converted to Catholicism. These conversions were notable as they occurred among people with varied backgrounds and motivations—many of whom did not share their thoughts with one another until this book was produced. Even more striking is that the seminary's founder, long-time president, and popular professor, Dr. Norman Geisler, had written two full-length books and several scholarly articles criticizing Catholicism from an Evangelical point of view. What could have led these seminary students, and even some of their professors, to walk away from their Evangelical education and risk losing their jobs, ministries, and even family and friends, to embrace the teachings they once rejected as false or even heretical? Speculation over this phenomenon has been rampant and often dismissive and misguided—leading to more confusion than understanding. The stories of these converts are now being told by those who know them best—the converts themselves. They discuss the primary issues they had to face: the nature of the biblical canon, the identification of Christian orthodoxy, and the problems with the Protestant doctrines of sola scriptura ("scripture alone") and sola fide ("faith alone")
What if Protestantism were true? What if the Reformers really were heroes, the Bible the sole rule of faith, and Christ's Church just an invisible collection of loosely united believers? As an Evangelical, Devin Rose used to believe all of it. Then one day the nagging questions began. He noticed things about Protestant belief and practice that didn't add up. He began following the logic of Protestant claims to places he never expected it to go -leading to conclusions no Christians would ever admit to holding. In The Protestant's Dilemma, Rose examines over thirty of those conclusions, showing 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. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant's dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church.
Author: David B. Currie
Publisher: Sophia Inst Press
Release Date: 2003
-- THE EPISTLES: Deceptive double Vision -- I Corinthians -- Philippians -- Colossians -- I Thessalonians -- II Thessalonians -- Titus -- Summary of the Double Vision Epistles -- THE EPISTLES: Sobering Up, A Corrective Prescription -- Galatians -- Hebrews -- THE APOCALYPSE: A parallel with Rip Van Winkle -- Historical Setting: God's People in Peril -- Seven letters to seven churches -- Initial Vision: The Mystery of the Kingdom Revealed: The Scroll -- The Throne room -- The Mysterious Scroll -- The Lion and the Lamb -- The Singing -- Seven Seals -- The Great Tribulation -- The Four Winds and the Mark -- The 144,000 -- Seven Trumpets -- Abbadon and the locust/scorpion army -- Three Woes and Seven Thunders -- The 42 month Times of the Gentiles -- The two witnesses -- The great earthquake and the great city -- The mystery of God fulfilled -- Summary of the Initial Vision -- Key Personalities in Chapter 12 -- The Child, the Woman, and the Dragon -- The Vision Recapitulated with Proof -- The dragon's battle strategy -- The beast of the sea -- The mortal wound -- Worship of the beast -- The beast on the land -- The number 666 -- The mark of the beast -- Perks of the dragon -- The Child's battle strategy -- Mt Zion, the 144,000, and the Singing -- The Eucharist -- The three angels and Babylon -- Two more angels and the winepress of God's wrath -- The Woman's battle strategy -- The Great Battle -- Seven plagues -- Armageddon -- The harlot amidst seven hills -- The scarlet beast -- Seven emperors plus one -- Ten kings of the future -- The Fall of Babylon -- Reaction of the dragon's allies -- Reaction of the Child's allies -- Vision of the End: The Final Battle -- The Great Supper of God -- Present Benefits of Daniel's Blessings -- The Millennium -- Millennial Winkle Warps -- Future Benefits of Daniel's Strong Covenant -- Gog and Magog -- Ezekiel's summary -- The great white throne judgment -- A New Jerusalem in a new Heaven and new earth -- Eternity -- The Church's Gospel -- The Church's Nature -- The Church's Mission -- It Is Done! -- Summary: Two Questions -- DESSERT -- WRAPPING UP -- WHY THE RAPTURE IS APPEALING -- Three Psychological Reasons -- Positive, Pollyanna, and Voyeuristic -- Two Theological Reasons -- Too High a View and Too Low a View -- An antidote -- WHAT IS AN HONEST CATHOLIC TO DO? -- A Catholic View of the End Times -- APPENDIX ONE: THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS -- APPENDIX TWO: DANIEL'S SEVENTY WEEKS IN HISTORY -- APPENDIX THREE: DANIEL'S SILLUK IN VISION IV:E -- APPENDIX FOUR: ZECHARIAH: A Minor Misunderstanding -- Daniel's seventieth week in Zechariah -- The Day of the Lord -- First section: Eight Visions -- Second section -- The First Oracle -- The Good Shepherd -- The Second Oracle -- The pierced one -- The Mount of Olives split in two -- The flight -- The sacrifice -- APPENDIX FIVE: THE GREAT TRIBULATION: an alternative -- APPENDIX SIX: AUTHORSHIP FOR THE APOCALYPSE -- Author -- Date -- Three texts -- Frame of reference -- Ancient witnesses -- Internal evidence -- Soon -- Disguises -- Seven churches -- Health -- Temple -- Language -- APPENDIX SEVEN: STRICT PRETERISM -- The Temples -- The Olivet Discourse -- St. Peter and St. Paul -- The death of Death -- APPENDIX EIGHT: TIMELINE.