What is in this book that has led so many Protestants to convert to Catholicism? What truths are revealed that has caused so many lapsed Catholics to return home? Learn the answers to questions like these:. This book is so insightful that it has been used as a college textbook in theology classes across the country. Yet it is so full of heart that it has inspired and guided Catholics everywhere to defend their faith.
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Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating. 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 scriptur Karl Keating defends Catholicism from fundamentalist attacks and explains why fundamentalism has been so successful in converting Romanists.
Special emphasis is given to the scriptural basis for Catholic doctrines and beliefs. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by Ignatius Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Catholicism and Fundamentalism , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Catholicism and Fundamentalism. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Catholicism and Fundamentalism. So you have been a Catholic your whole life. Maybe even went to Catholic School.
But through college and out in your job you feel like you are surrounded by Bible thumping Christians who have taken as their personal crusade to convert their heathen brother. That is you. What do you do? You know that they are great people. Very sincere in their faith. And seemingly very strong Christians. In fact they are consumed by it and frankly it is a little So you have been a Catholic your whole life. In fact they are consumed by it and frankly it is a little bit attractive at times.
Especially since you might be a luke-warm Catholic at best. But something is nagging you. It's maybe your mom's voice in the back of your head that she raised you a particular way. Or maybe it's that you would really miss those beautifully lit Midnight Masses. Though you might be restless in your inherited faith, you aren't ready to take the kind of plunge your friends are promising.
Karl Keating will change your perspective. And maybe if you are really lucky you can hand it over to your friends and convert them instead. Keating delves into all the misconceptions about Catholicism. Especially all the shoddy history that has been written by so-called "ex-priests" who have an axe to grind.
It grabs ahold of nearly all the main attacks that Catholicism has undergone from fundamentalists who constantly barrage the Catholic Church as the "Whore of Babylon" referenced in Revelations. Keating is thorough in his defense and lays open the faultiness of their arguments as well as how nearly every reference that a fundamentalist will use as being flawed in its presentation of what Catholicism really is.
Most of their references are flat out lies and misrepresentations. A warning though. You will want to savor this book. In fact it will be impossible to tear through it in only a few days. I read it methodically--maybe a chapter or 2 a night and that was it!
I had to if I wanted to wrap my mind around on everything he was saying, and reflect fully on it. Trust me--it's like weight-training for your faith.
You will need to train slowly, with deliberate technique in your reflection. I attribute this book as the corner-stone of my turn-around in my defense of my faith. From being merely passive and believing to becoming active and defensive in my Catholic faith as we are all called to do.
View 2 comments. Oct 02, booklady rated it really liked it. Read this quite a few years ago so I hesitate to write a review with my poor memory. However, with that caveat, I recall that I found the book useful and I learned a lot. Prior to reading this, I didn't know that the average poorly catechized Catholic was targeted by "Bible Christians". At the time I was reading this book, I was heavily involved in homeschooling my children so my primary response to this book was to work harder on Scripture studies with them so they would be less vulnerable.
Jul 04, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone especially fundamentalists. Without reading this book, I may have never become Catholic. View 1 comment. Mar 29, Taryn rated it it was amazing. I'm not articulate enough to explain how good this book is, but I implore anyone, Protestants, especially, to take a look at this book. Read the other side to the story, because most Catholics are horrible at defending their faith.
Oct 22, Walter rated it really liked it Shelves: theology-catholic-apologetics. Back in the s, young Catholics were leaving the Church at a tremendous rate in order to join Evangelical Christian congregations that literally thrived on these conversions. Why did Catholics leave the Church at such an alarming rate in those days?
Part of it was poor catechesis on the part of the Catholic Church in the s and 70s, which resulted in an entire generation Back in the s, young Catholics were leaving the Church at a tremendous rate in order to join Evangelical Christian congregations that literally thrived on these conversions. Part of it was poor catechesis on the part of the Catholic Church in the s and 70s, which resulted in an entire generation of Catholics who don't understand their own faith.
And part of the reason for these conversions was the purposeful targeting of Catholics by these Evangelical denominations, and these marketing campaigns often consisted of misleading or downright slanderous accusations of Catholic beliefs. In Karl Keating wrote "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" as a response to this exodus. On the one hand, it highlights the Evangelical organizations that target Catholics and try to persuade them to leave the Church.
But the main thrust of this book is to discuss the Catholic faith, to catechize the uncatechized Catholics who are inclined to leave, and to present the faith to Evangelicals who have been taught to believe that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, the Anti-Christ of today. In this effort this book is a great success.
It is a very readable presentation of the faith, and it answers many of the most common objections to the faith in a very readable and enjoyable way. It is very easy to read and in places hard to put down. In this sense, I would recommend this book to people who either do not understand the Catholic faith or who have wrong ideas about it. On the other hand, this book is very dated in a lot of ways. Keating spends much of the first half of the book discussing and repudiating the major Evangelical organizations of the s who targeted Catholics.
Today, very few of these organizations still exist, and those who do still exist are irrelevant. In the 21st Century, the threat posed to Catholics by Evangelicals is minimal. The major threat to the faith today stands squarely in the secular realm. Catholics today are not leaving the Church to be Evangelicals or even to join the mainline Protestant denominations. They are leaving the Church to join the world, take up the sexual revolution, accept social teachings that are opposed to the teachings of the Church, or simply to live a narcissistic life.
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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.