Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic Paperback – 22 February 2018
- Publisher : Sophia Institute Press (22 February 2018)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1622826140
- ISBN-13 : 978-1622826148
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.02 x 21.34 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 190,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My title explains itself.
But it's misleading.
There are more than 40 reasons.
In fact, there are at least ten to the 82nd power, which, I am told, is the number of atoms in the universe. And that's just in ordinary matter, which makes up only 4.9% of the universe, the rest being dark matter and dark energy.
Each of my reasons is an independent point, so I have not organized this book by a succession of chapters or headings. After all, most readers only remember a few big ideas or separate points after reading a book. (I've never heard anyone say "Oh, that was a good continuous-process-of-logically-ordered-argumentation" but I've often heard people say, "Oh, that was a good point."
Which takes me back to my main point: "Why are you a Catholic" is a good question.
A good question deserves a good answer.
Here are forty of mine.
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So I only bought this book because I'm a Peter Kreeft junkie and find his writing so beautiful and simple, profound and accessible.
I love the book. I read it in just over an hour. I want to buy 30 copies of it and hand it off to any person with any shred of honesty who is interested in religious dialogue. The 40 reasons are as profound as "Because I need dogmatic certainty about God, and Christ and salvation" all the way down to "Because of the nouns" and "Because of cathedrals." The book is brilliant in its very simplicity. And for those well-versed in apologetics, this boils all the theological nuances (which are of little interest to the vast majority of laymen) down to extremely attractive, thought-provoking and strong bullet points that can be easily remembered and shared with people in real life and online where the attention span is severely lacking. Can't recommend it enough.
SUBJECTIVE CONS: The cover is ugly; I've always disliked that image of Jesus. The title is boring and the book will be overlooked by the many who think they've 'heard it all before...' That said, I don't pretend to have a better title in mind. "I'm Catholic Because of Atheism"? Who knows...
OBJECTIVE CON: And it is singular. There was no mention of the Orthodox faiths other than in passing when referencing Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Now his arguments can be applied to the Orthodox through inference (like the chapter on the Nicene Creed...) but I would've loved to see something very specific that addressed why NOT to choose Orthodox.