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If Protestantism is True: The Reformation Meets Rome
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Sunday, May 20 2012

If Protestantism is TrueIn his book, If Protestantism is True: The Reformation Meets Rome, Devin Rose examines the claims made by the Protestant faith and defends the Catholic faith with knowledge and truth.  His examination of Protestant views is both fair and equal, but still focuses on explaining how it is incorrect.  Despite his opposition to Protestant teachings, he shows deep respect for their beliefs, especially as a former Protestant himself.  He avoids argumentative language and never slanders them for their differences.

For Protestants, this book will be an eye-opening look at Catholic doctrine.  It directly addresses misconceptions about the Catholic faith and how they have shaped the world's distorted view of Catholicism.  He also examines the errors in Protestant teaching.  He does this in a way that will lead to examination and discovery through thoughtful questions.

For Catholics, especially those just beginning to explore the Catholic faith, If Protestantism is True is an excellent resource for understanding the basics of Catholicism.  It will also help the beginning apologist, those trying to defend our Catholic faith, to gain the knowledge needed to guard Catholicism with truth and dignity.

To sum up If Protestantism is True, here is a quote from the book that begins with St. Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians:

"I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment" (1 Cor. 1:10, RSV)

Rose then continues:

What will it take for us to answer Paul's appeal and be reunited? Firstly, it will take humility on the part of every Christian. Secondly, it will require mutual respect for one another. Finally, it will take an honest examination of our beliefs, their origins, and the reasons behind them, and a willingness to be shown something more fully true than what we currently believe. I know first-hand how hard this is. I never dreamed I would become a theist. Much less a Christian. Much less a Catholic. But then I never dreamed how satisfying it could be.

Truly, this was an enjoyable read.  Devin wrote in a style that was friendly and inviting to both Catholics and Protestants.  At the same time, there is a certain wittiness to the book that brought smiles throughout.  Whether you are a Protestant examining the Catholic faith, or a Catholic looking to understand your faith more, If Protestantism is True should be on your bookshelf.

To purchase this book, check out Unitatis Books.


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