I left the Baptist church last year because I became firmly convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church. Just last night I was in a discussion on the phone with a former fellow protestant from the Baptists.
The problem in the conversation was that he would not accept testimonies from the Fathers because, as I explained, they were not necessarily infallible in their writings. He said therefore you cannot pick and choose which bits fit with the CC and dismiss anything that is not official. e.g. Augustine’s view of predestination.
I did not have much of a leg to stand on due to my inexperience in defending the faith.
Also, he has just read a book called “Salvation, The Bible and Roman Catholicism” by some former Catholic chap. (I’ll find out his name if need be.)
Does anyone know it? What are your thoughts?
He wants me to read it, and in return he will read ANY Catholic apologetics book I can find, which covers as many of the differing doctrines between Catholicism and Protestantism as possible, and which also explains why the Catholic position is right, and the Protestant one is wrong. My friend is at a fundamentalist Bible college, and has always been willing and ready to grapple with truth at a deeper level than most Protestants I know.
I have a book in mind which fits this description, called “Defend the Faith”, by Robert Haddad, a formidable Catholic apologist from Sydney, Australia. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I have two weeks until we exchange books.
I would greatly appreciate any help, especially on the issue of the Fathers, and the official teaching of the Church.
Btw, for anyone who’s interested in a great apologetics reference, there is an online version of “Defend the Faith” by Robert Haddad here: lumenverum.org/apologetics/DefendtheFaith/page.html
Thanks for your help with this!