The Belief of Catholics

Ronald Knox was one of the most influential British convert writers of the 20th century Of his many works, The Belief of Catholics is his best known book and his premiere piece of apologetics While it deals extensively with Protestantism, its target is the unchurched or lightly church modern who, if he gives any thought at all to Catholicism, thinks it mildly foreigRonald Knox was one of the most influential British convert writers of the 20th century Of his many works, The Belief of Catholics is his best known book and his premiere piece of apologetics While it deals extensively with Protestantism, its target is the unchurched or lightly church modern who, if he gives any thought at all to Catholicism, thinks it mildly foreign.As Knox knew, it is not the most difficult part of modern apologetics to convince the devoted Protestant that he has much of Christian truth but now needs to move on to the rest, which is found only in the Catholic Church The most difficult part is convincing the nominal Protestant or nominal Catholic , the vaguely religious person, or the person without any religious inclinations that God really does exist, that His existence matters, and that only knowledge of Him and obedience to Him can lead to answers to the questions that haunt everyone.Knox discusses the truths Catholics hold, the rules Catholics acknowledge, the strength Catholics receive, and the ambitions Catholics honour These truths, rules, strengths, and ambitions were attractive to the book s first readers They were answers to the ever present Why These answers will prove equally attractive to today s readers who, after so many decades of failed isms, yearn for understanding and commitment even than did their grandparents generation.
The Belief of Catholics Ronald Knox was one of the most influential British convert writers of the th century Of his many works The Belief of Catholics is his best known book and his premiere piece of apologetics While it

  • Title: The Belief of Catholics
  • Author: Ronald Knox
  • ISBN: 9780898705867
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The Belief of Catholics is designed for the lay person. Its goals are similar to those of C.S. Lewis' 'Mere Christianity': To offer the non-religious or (in this case) the lay protestant an introduction to the faith. It does this well and outlines why Roman Catholicism is attractive, what Roman Catholics believe and the relationship between Roman Catholics and those who are not Roman Catholic. Overall it's an accessible book. However, it really reflects the pre-Vatican II attitude of the Church [...]

    2. This book solidified my faith in the teachings of Christ through the Roman Catholic Church. Highly recommended.

    3. Been reading this aloud with my peops and admiring the style of Knox's discriminating and uncompromising mind. Because Knox, was already an Anglican priest before converting, the book is written in the cadences and rhythms of the pulpit with very accessible explanations. Each essay is lightly salted with little gems of erudition, forgotten french sayings of his generation (like 'demarches') and rarely used philosophical terms (like velleity) that make the book feel like a conversation. I would c [...]

    4. This book came out in 1927; already the author clearly perceived the changes in the faith, and the changes in the culture. Knox was so mortified by the then-new fad of contraception (even contraception within marriage) he didn't even name it; referring instead to shrinking family sizes and national suicide. Knox may be surprised at the low state we have reached today.All that aside, this small book is a little gem of clear thinking and beautiful writing. He closes with classic advice on how to l [...]

    5. Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 16, as one of Eleven Books on Prayer, Belief, and Reflection.Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 19, as one of Sixteen Books on Belief and Disbelief.Listed by Patrick Madrid in the Reading Plan of Search and Rescue in Phase 1 (Preliminary). ("shows clearly the contrasts between Catholicism and Protestantism")

    6. This is not a good starter book if you have never read Knox. My suggestion for that would be "the Creed in Slow Motion". Amazing book. Knox is solid and when you consider that this book was published in 1927 he was ahead of his time.

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