Catholicism Archive

Is Purgatory a Biblical Concept?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The doctrine of purgatory remains a troubling idea for many Roman Catholics. One bulletin from a local Catholic church included the following: […]

Is Mary Co-Redemptress of the World?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Roman Catholic theology often parallels Mary the mother of Jesus with Jesus Himself in His work of redemption. For example, Jesus is born without […]

Returning to Rome

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 30, number 6 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In recent years there has been a steady migration of prominent evangelical leaders into the Roman Catholic Church. Frank Beckwith, J.Budziszewski, Thomas Howard, Peter Kreeft, and […]

They Went out from Us, but Were not Really of Us

This article first appeared in the From the Editor column of the Christian Research Journal, volume30, number6 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org In the past few decades there has been a trend of evangelical Protestants converting to the Roman Catholic Church. This migration has included […]

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine- IntroductionSt. Augustine (AD 354-430), who lived mostly in North Africa in what is now Algeria, was the most influential theologian of both the ancient patristic and later medieval church (two periods in church history that met during his lifetime). More than a millennium later, he was a major resource for the Protestant Reformers, […]

Justification: The Catholic-Protestant Argument over Justification

The following is an excerpt from article DC170-5 from the Christian Research Journal. The full article can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Justification- A Summary The Protestant Reformers recovered the biblical view of forensic justification, that a person is legally declared righteous by God on the basis of faith alone. In […]

Papal Infallibility: The Catholic-Protestant Debate over Papal Infallibility

The following is an excerpt from article DC170-4 of the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Papal Infallibility- A SummaryPapal infallibility was formalized at the First Vatican Council, A.D. 1870. It is required belief for Roman Catholics but is rejected by evangelicals. On examination, the […]

What Are Some Arguments against Apostolic Tradition?

The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Apostolic Tradition- The Evidence Against Apostolic TraditionThere are many reasons Protestants reject the Roman Catholic claim that there is an extrabiblical apostolic tradition of equal reliability and authenticity to Scripture. The following are some of the more significant ones. Apostolic Tradition Argument- […]

A Defense of Sola Scriptura

The full PDF may be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. A PROTESTANT DEFENSE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA As convincing as these arguments may seem to a devout Catholic, they are devoid of substance. As we will see, each of the Roman Catholic arguments against the Protestant doctrine of sola Scriptura fails, and they […]

Catholic Tradition: An Argument for Tradition Plus the Bible

The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Catholic Tradition: CATHOLIC ARGUMENTS FOR THE BIBLE PLUS TRADITION One of the basic differences between Catholics and Protestants is over whether the Bible alone is the sufficient and final authority for faith and practice, or the Bible plus extrabiblical apostolic tradition. Catholics […]