Religion Education

Hello all–

I am a Christian, and will be marrying a Catholic next summer. I am seriously considering becoming Catholic, as I attend the church. I am seeking factual information about other relogions, so I have a better understanding of the similarities and differences between religions.

W E L C :wave: M E.

There is a good book called “**The God of the Bible and Other Gods” **Which will give you a prespective on different religions. You will also want to attend RCIA classes so you can understand the Catholic Faith. But the question to ask is WHY do you want to compare?

[quote=MsRT]Hello all–

I am a Christian, and will be marrying a Catholic next summer. I am seriously considering becoming Catholic, as I attend the church. I am seeking factual information about other relogions, so I have a better understanding of the similarities and differences between religions.
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Hi! :tiphat: Do you want information on world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Shintoism, etc.) or is your focus the difference between Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and various Protestant denominations? Or all of the above?

Are you looking for a comparison of Catholicism and your own denomination?

:blessyou: JMJ Jay

Should have clarified …

I was raised Southern Baptist, and did not/ do not share the same ideals and beliefs. Attending the catholic church has completely opened my eyes, and I see that there is so much more than the “fire and brimstone” that was preached down my throat for so many years.

Although I want to join the Catholic church, I am curious to understand the other general Christian-religions and belief systems. (i.e. Protestant, Mormon, etc…)

I would suggest that if you are interested in joining the Catholic Church you should start by learning more about the Catholic faith. From there I would branch out into other religions, but if you are seriously looking at being Catholic, start there.

[quote=MsRT]Should have clarified …

I was raised Southern Baptist, and did not/ do not share the same ideals and beliefs. Attending the catholic church has completely opened my eyes, and I see that there is so much more than the “fire and brimstone” that was preached down my throat for so many years.

Although I want to join the Catholic church, I am curious to understand the other general Christian-religions and belief systems. (i.e. Protestant, Mormon, etc…)
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Wonderful!!! Yes, there is a lot more than just fire and brimstone. To know what the Catholic church teaches (and not just someone’s spin on it) purchase the Catechism of the Catholic church or read it online at usccb.org/catechism/text/index.htm.

When you say that you would like to understand the other beliefs, this leads me to believe that joining those churches may be an option for you. What I recommend is that you research Catholicism, but when you look at the other denominations, ask yourself “is this the church that Christ founded?”. I am sure that if you keep that and that alone as your criteria, you will find that you will be joining us in the faith on some Easter Vigil in the future.

I think the book"Catholcism for Dummies" is a great book, its written well, very well gorunded in Catholic teaching, and as is most of that bood type easy to read and follow. I think most Catholics could make use of the book as well.

I 2nd Jermosh on “Catholcism for Dummies.” It is excelent for general information.

Hi! :wave:

There are a few books that I would recommend, so what I think would be best is for you to review the links and see if they are the kind of books that would answer your specific questions.

The Missionary’s Catechism

Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic
The Lamb’s Supper

A Biblical Defense of Catholicism

I hope I helped! :slight_smile:

Thanks for your reply. I am a former Southern Baptist, agnostic, atheist – in that order – now a deliriously happy Catholic for many years. Studying religions is my hobby, but I love studying Catholicism most of all. It has the sweet taste of purity, logic, and truth. You’ll have a lifetime to plumb its depths; it’s so beautiful.

Steven K. Ray is a former Baptist (Southern, I think?) turned Catholic. His conversion story is documented in Crossing the *Tiber. *Another excellent book by Ray is Upon This Rock, St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church. He has made a series of videos documenting Christian history from the time of Moses – all excellent. His website is www.catholic-convert.com. His books and videos are at Ignatius Press and on his own website.

I strongly recommend the convert stories at www.chnetwork.org, especially Brian Harrison’s story, Logic and the Foundations of Protestantism. At the home page, click on “conversion stories,” then scroll down by name. Patty Bonds’ story is unique. Her brother is James White, the #1 anti-Catholic apologist in the U.S.
That she became a Catholic is astonishing. The Cindy and Kerry Beck story is great – he works for Catholic Answers. (My story is also there, if you’d care to read it.)

I agree with others who have advised you to study Catholicism first. It is the Mother Church of all Christendom, and you should know it well before you study the heresies, in my opinion. This is the Church that was founded by Christ; the others are all man-made. They’re interesting, but my advice is to learn original Christianity first, then you’ll understand the deviations better.

It’s important for you to know the history of the Bible and the history of Christianity. There’s a Bible history thread on this forum. I’ll bump it up for you. Hope it makes you hungry for more.

If I can ever be of help, write to me at Katholikos1@aol.com.

And I’ll hang around to read the other responses to your thread.

God bless and Mary keep, JMJ Jay Damien

[quote=MsRT]Hello all–

I am a Christian, and will be marrying a Catholic next summer. I am seriously considering becoming Catholic, as I attend the church. I am seeking factual information about other relogions, so I have a better understanding of the similarities and differences between religions.
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My story is VERY similar to yours. My husband is Catholic and I was baptist. I actually thought I was going to convert him! But than I started attending Mass…and I fell in love with the Church. I recommend listening to Catholic radio…thats how I learned about the history and traditions of the Church. Also, attend the inquiry period of RCIA at your local parish. They’ll answer any questions you have. Good luck!

I have been going to a Catholic church for 8 months or so now. Thus far, I am much happier and feel more at home here. I think more than anything, I want to ensure that this decision is not only based on my heart and gut, but that I make the most informed decision. I have already done quite a bit of research, and I will take a look at all the websites and turn to a few books posted as well.

I am also making an appt to talk to the priest to start the RCIA classes.

Thanks to all for your help!

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