Suggestion: 20 Answers series from Catholic Answers

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Dan | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Aug 15 2015 5:41 AM

Description from here:

The 20 Answers series from Catholic Answers offers hard facts, powerful arguments, and clear explanations of the most important topics facing the Church and the world—all in a compact, easy-to-read package.

This Sampler includes one each of :

  • 20 Answers: Atheism
  • 20 Answers: Abortion
  • 20 Answers: End of Life Issues
  • 20 Answers: Faith & Science
  • 20 Answers: The Real Jesus
  • 20 Answers: Islam
  • 20 Answers: Jehovah's Witnesses
  • 20 Answers: Mormonism
  • 20 Answers: The Papacy
  • 20 Answers: Scripture & Tradition
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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 15 2015 7:07 AM

This collection would be a nice complement to FL's other shorter Catholic apologetics/catechesis-type offerings--mostly also from Catholic Answers.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 16 2015 11:54 PM

I personally prefer not to have titles such as the one on Jehovah's Wirnesses or Mormons (or even Islam) in Logos. I do not, however, expect Verbum to follow my personal preference against "anti-X" materials in Logos. But for consistency, I believe it is best to make my opinion public given the frequency with which I object to posts against these groups.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 17 2015 11:44 AM

MJ. Smith:
I personally prefer not to have titles such as the one on Jehovah's Wirnesses or Mormons (or even Islam) in Logos. I do not, however, expect Verbum to follow my personal preference against "anti-X" materials in Logos. But for consistency, I believe it is best to make my opinion public given the frequency with which I object to posts against these groups.

That's quite fair.

I don't mind apologetic works directed at various groups--even if I'm in the target group--for scholarly and practical reasons. At the scholarly level, I prefer to be able to study arguments for and against various positions without having to pick up a 'multiple views' style book, as valuable as those can be. It's also true that many of the 'great' Christian works have been explicitly apologetic in nature--many of the works of the Church Fathers, early Protestant Reformers, the Summa Contra Gentiles, etc.

If I'm going to object to a volume, it will be on factual grounds. For example, apologetical books that say that Catholic worship the Pope, that the Episcopalians are secretly devil-worshippers, that all Russian Orthodox believers are really KGB agents, that Jews eat babies, or that all Muslims are out to set Christians on fire in the public square are most emphatically not books that I would approve of. But even then, I would say that works on Judaism by anti-semitic patristic theologians or Enlightenment era screeds spreading the legend about the Inquisition killing 30 million people (etc.) can still have academic value and thus can be worth studying in Verbum/Logos.

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Dan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 17 2015 1:34 PM

The religion specific titles are apologetic works with an aim to educate Catholics on what are the differences between Catholicism and other groups by giving a concise description on where our theology differs.

They are not "anti-X" titles as they do not contain (at least to my knowledge) anything untrue or sensation about other religions. They simply inform.

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