Greetings Mighty Catholic Apologists!
I recently posted a story about my “first apologetics moment” here:
It turns out that my Hindu Indian friend is still interested in learning more about Christianity. He mentioned that he’s interested in learning about all “peaceful religions”. I told him that I would be happy to answer any of his questions about Christianity. The other day I even gave him a “short” history of Christendom from the day of Pentecost to the Battle of Lepanto to Sobieski’s defeat of the Turks in Austria. He seemed really intrigued by our battles with the Islamic world and the fact that at one time Muslims controlled large chunks of Europe. Apparently the same thing happened in India.
Unfortunately, the other day he also mentioned something about reading a fascinating publication called the “Watchtower” (oh no!). He asked me if I’ve heard of it, and also mentioned that he found it really interesting because it was talking about scripture and it frequently referenced scripture. He also mentioned that a few years ago a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses came to his house and invited him to come to their “church” and he went (double oh no!), though just because he was interested in learning about them, not to convert or anything. My friend said that when he was there they also said bad things about Catholics and other Christian groups.
I told him that he should watch out and be careful around those Jehovah’s Witnesses, that they were a little bit wacko and that no other Christian group considers them to be real Christians. I also tried to be as polite as possible about it. He replied that another former acquaintance of his, and Indian Roman Catholic, had also said the same thing about them.
My friend seems to have a real interest in studying the ancient scriptural texts of all religions (except for one in particular, which he told me he has absolutely zero interest in reading). He also has indicated that he wished to learn more about Christianity and seems especially excited about the opportunity to learn about it from a real genuine Christian! I’m not really sure why he has this interest, I mean, it’s pretty unusual for people to come up to me and ask me to teach them about Christianity, but I think it has something to do with the fact that “there are many Christians in India”.
So now to the purpose of my post! I need the assistance of my fellow Catholic Apologists! I told my friend that I would recommend some good Christian books and web pages to him from which he could begin his studies. I was thinking of lending him 3 good books, sending him 3 good links, and giving him the name of 3 good authors. I could give him more stuff, but I don’t want to overdo it. These are what I was thinking of: (please let me know what you think of my selections, and please offer any of your own suggestions!)
Theology for Beginners (Frank Sheed). I figured I’d lend him this book because it’s really good for getting an understanding of the Christian Worldview and the concept of the Trinity, which he seems really interested in.
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lews). This is another good book for understanding Christianity from the point of view of the Christian (that’s the point of view he’s interested in learning about).
Ignatius Study Bible: Gospel of John (Scott Hahn, Curtis Mitch). Since he seems really interested in Scripture, I figured I’d whet his appetite a little. Do you think I should give Matthew instead?)
*I think I’ll also give him my copy of the Catechism as a gift (I can pick up another copy for myself for pretty cheap). That makes four books I guess.