In Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, Norman Geisler and Ralph MacKenzie explore the spiritual, moral, and theological issues around which evangelicals and Catholics find common ground, and on which they differ.
This thoroughly-researched content presents a systematic approach to the doctrinal issues of revelation, God, human beings, Christ, salvation, the Church, ethics, and the apocalypse. Throughout, the authors draw out the sources of historic Christian orthodoxy as found in thinkers like Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and others. This retrieval of the tradition allows them not only to find lines of doctrinal convergence between evangelicals and Catholics, but also, in effect, demonstrates that evangelical orthodoxy is dependent upon the historic Catholic tradition.
Differences on doctrines such as the Apocrypha, Scripture, infallibility, justification, sacramentalism, various aspects of the nature of the Church (visibility, unity, priestly authority, constituency), Mariology, and purgatory are by no means minimized. The approach is to clearly set out and compare doctrinal content from the most accurate source material, ancient and current.
With In Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, you get a lot more than a volume designed to refute Catholicism.
One of the book’s online reviewers states, “In general, other books written in opposition to Catholicism lack scholarship, as if the authors don't want their readers to check the sources, but rather just accept what they've presented as fact (oftentimes fabricated out of thin air). Further, some authors show no interest in presenting the Catholic defense of a given doctrine. Geisler and MacKenzie go out of their way to footnote everything, present facts fairly, and make a genuine effort to initiate REAL discussion about the issues, and that is something that is greatly needed. Readers who are truly interested can easily identify and consult the source documents in their own time.”
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