Best Catholic apologist?


#1

Vote for who you thik the best Catholic apologist is?

Jimmy Akin

Bob Sungenis

Karl Keating

Patrick Madrid

Scott Hahn

Tim Staples

John Salza


#2

Although he is not an apologist in the same sense, Kenneth Miller is the person I most respect when it comes to those who defend the faith.

You also may want to consider adding Peter Kreeft to the list.


#3

I’m a huge fan of Sungenis and Salza. It was difficult to decide, but I picked Sungenis.


#4

None of the above.

I’d say Archbishop Fulton Sheen first, John Cardinal Newman second, Hilaire Belloc third.


#5

I voted for Scott Hahn, mainly because he led me to Catholicism. I also like Jimmy Akin, Karl Keating, and Patrick Madrid. The others I haven’t read much. Thomas Howard isn’t mentioned and I love reading him. Although not apologists in the traditional sense, I love reading Joseph Jensen’s God’s Word to Israel over and over again, and anything by Raymond Brown.


#6

God is the best Catholic Apologist! :thumbsup:

"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock **I will build **my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. " (Matthew 16:18)

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31)


#7

They’re probably all great. I’m probably a bit biased because I’m in the middle of Scott Hahn’s book, Reasons to Believe.
( I voted for him - - - he’s great!! ):bounce:


#8

RAY BROWN??? HE IS HORRIBLE–YOU MUST BE KIDDING?


#9

How about Dave Armstrong?


#10

My family and I benefitted greatly from John Martignoni’s apologetics cd’s.


#11

Scott Hahn is excellent on the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While I find his subtle shift from Calvinistic covenant theology to a broader application certainly a breath of fresh air (none of that double predestination and limited atonement garbage), I think maybe he’s still too Presbyterian in this respect lol.

G. K. Chesterton was probably the best Catholic/Christian apologist of the last century.


#12

Right you are! And I would rate Fulton Sheen as # 1, followed by John Cardinal Newman. I wouldn’t throw out Chesterton, however. :wink:


#13

Salza has the best website (scripturecatholic.com), but Keating is the best at debating. So I go with him.


#14

Shoot—forgot Chesterton. He’d have to edge out Belloc in my list, as his humor makes him more effective than Belloc’s fire.


#15

I was going to go with Hahn – who is brilliant and tremendously influential – but I voted for Sungenis.


#16

Scott Hahn. I like all the others but it was Scott that lead me to become an apologist myself. *Hail Holy Queen *and *The Lambs Supper *are my favorite books of his while Rome Sweet Home is the favorite of my fiance. *Reasons to Believe *is, for me, not a “Hahn Great”. Kind of lacking in some sense (can’t pinpoint it though). Still a very good book though. Hope I could procure a copy of Lord Have Mercy.

I also like Father Corapi very much despite the fact that he said he would not engage in polemics… His talks are still very apologetic in nature… :smiley:

Oh! Oh! And don’t forget Cardinals John Newman and James Gibbons. And of course the great GK Chesterton. Very influencial apologists!!!


#17

Wow. I have no idea. I’d say they are all good in their own specific fields of apologetics. I voted for Tim Staples though because I have personally heard him speak once. :slight_smile:


#18

I had to go with Scott Hahn for now. I haven’t read the others, YET! I would have to say, too, that Scott’s books have a readability to them. It’s easy to pick it up and read it in a week or two and not feel confused. Although a cradle Catholic, I would say he has been very influential in my conversion of heart and deeper devotion to Catholicism and God.

Keep them coming Scott!!!


#19

All of the lists are great and i would add Steve Ray as a really good one. I dont know if he is my top 10, but his debating skills are supreme. As far as evangelical\apologist i really like MIke Cumbie. His dvd’s are pretty good but he is really entertaining and educational live.


#20

Chesterton is my all-time favorite, and I really like Kreeft. However, it was Dave Armstrong who first actually made me think, “Hey, I need to be Catholic.”


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