the most general impression I have of protestants is that they actively disagree with anything and everything that the catholic church teaches (my shift key doesn’t work all the time, by the way).
there are many books that 1) explain and dismiss the objections of protestants and that 2) explain the teachings and practices of the catholic church.
in a separate thread in the evangelization forum, I explain,as best as I understand it, that Martin Luther threw out 7 books of the Bible, contrary to what Paul says in 2 Tim 3 that “all scripture is inspired by God.”
First, what was Paul referring to, when he said “all scripture”? He was referring to the Jewish Septuagint (this is an entirely separate, but related subject: what is important, that when Judaism translated the holy scriptures for Jews who did not understand Hebrew, the Septuagint was produced – hundreds of years even before Christ – long ago settling what Judaism considered important and inspired texts of scripture), which contains the 7 books Luther threw out. So, Luther contradicted St. Paul regarding the inspiration of these books.
More to the point, a lot of protestants assert that “the bible is their only authority” – so then what gave Luther the authority to remove 7 books, when St. Paul says otherwise?
So, this “sola scriptura” – bible authority alone – doesn’t “wash” with one of the first major so-called reformers. EVERY protestant is not Lutheran, but they are Luther-ist, in that they follow his German translation, about which books belong in the bible.
you may not want to argue this point with him, but you should keep in mind what the protestant heresy is about.
the day Luther was born, there were 73 books in the Bible; they day he died, Luther had only 66 books in his Bible. See? this doesn’t hinge on anything IN those 7 deleted books, but on one of the books protestants cling to, 2 Tim chapter 3. everything protestants believe derives from the error of Luther.
elsewhere, Paul says that he has passed on to his disciples what he received – this “passing on” is tradition, sacred tradition, upon which, with the Bible and the teaching authority of the church granted by Christ and assured by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Church, is the basis of Catholic teaching and belief.
a good book for converts is Catholicism and Fundamentalism and another titled “Why do catholics do that? a guide to the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church.”
Catholics are not nearly so indoctrinated against protestants as they are towards catholics. as biased as protestants are towards the pope, there was never a pope who did anything like Luther did, to throw 7 books out of the bible. Even Jesus did not do that, and even stated somewhere that ‘scripture cannot be nullified.’ (I guess Luther and a lot of protestants don’t pay much attention to that.)
this issue of throwing 7 books out of the bible is so old, almost 500 years old, that it seems to be a settled point – to all protestants it is, that’s for sure. But, to Catholics, it should be an important warning sign of the basis and content of all protestant beliefs and practices. You should not allow yourself to drift off to some protestant cult of Martin Luther.