Tuesday, February 04, 2014

One-Line Descriptions of Dave Armstrong's Books

Wearing my reading glasses, in my home library / office (January 2013).

By Catholic Apologist Dave Armstrong

I had to write one sentence (160 characters) for each book in preparation for my upcoming new bookselling website, so I thought I would share that as a handy summary all in one place. I also include the date of publication. The numbers indicate order of writing. The titles are linked to the extensive book page for each title:

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A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (#1; completed in May 1996; self-published: Oct. 2001; Sophia version: June 2003)
Demonstration of the unique harmony of Catholic doctrines  with Holy Scripture; includes Bible passages from 229 of the 260 chapters in the New Testament.

More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (#2; Feb. 2002)
Biblical arguments in support of distinctively Catholic doctrinal positions, with an emphasis on informality and dialogue; mostly drawn from real discussions.


Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition, and Salvation (#3; June 2002)
Perhaps the three "hottest" topics in Catholic apologetics are dealt with in a dialogue format, from actual discussions engaged in online with Protestants.
Why does the Catholic Church and her doctrines appear different in many ways from the early Church? Development of doctrine is a crucial explanatory key.

 Mere Christian Apologetics (#5; Sep. 2002)
A work of general Christian apologetics, without Catholic "distinctives": intended as an introductory treatment of many of the basic apologetics issues.
Devoted to an apologetic of general Christianity, over against secularism, agnosticism, and atheism; demonstrating that Christianity is rational and plausible.

The Catholic Answer Bible (#7; Sep. 2002)
My 44 "inserts" only, from this Bible. Each devotes one page to common apologetics issues, with explanation, and Scripture and Catechism passages.
Catholic and biblical analyses of the family-related issues of abortion, contraception, extramarital sex, divorce, homosexuality, and radical feminism.

Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries (#9; Dec. 2002)
Critique of “traditions of men falsely made out to be the only proper traditions of the Church”: the faulty and erroneous use of dogma and private judgment.


Protestantism: Critical Reflections of an Ecumenical Catholic (#10; May 2003)
Multi-faceted commentary on the various flaws and errors of Protestantism, in the style of Pascals "Pensees": categorized brief thoughts or sayings.
Critique of two very serious errors: that Catholicism is not truly Christian, and that one can pick and choose or modify Catholic doctrines as they so choose.
Examination of key differences between Catholicism and Orthodoxy (especially in its anti-Catholic form), due largely to the split in the eleventh century.
A critical look at how Protestant apologists deal with (or try to dismiss) Bible passages used by Catholics in defense of doctrines that Protestants reject.
Two-page standardized treatments of sixty-one major issues that divide Protestants and Catholics; somewhat like the format of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Collection of writings from the Church fathers that exhibit support of distinctively Catholic doctrines and rejection of distinctively Protestant ones.
Examination of the founder of Protestantism and critique of errors in his thinking; also includes a lengthy section enumerating agreement with Catholicism.
Collection of quotations from the great writer who is widely considered the preeminent Christian and Catholic apologist in the first third of the 20th century.
Over 2,000 Bible verses presented in their entirety and specifically categorized in order to provide abundant biblical support for various Catholic doctrines.
Point-by-point critical analysis of Book IV of John Calvin's magnum opus, "Institutes of the Christian Religion." Includes a section of areas of agreement.
Devoted to demonstrating the abundance of biblical support for the many areas of Catholic Mariology that are considered "unbiblical" and "controversial."
By massive linking to Wikipedia science articles and biographical treatment of great scientists, Christianity and science are shown to be entirely compatible.
The theology of salvation from a Catholic perspective, overwhelmingly emphasizing biblical arguments. Includes 100+ pages critiquing the Calvinist TULIP.

Biblical Catholic Eucharistic Theology (#23; Feb. 2011)
A treatment of many important aspects of Catholic beliefs regarding the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, with strong emphasis on biblical argumentation.

 
The Quotable Newman: A Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas (#24; Aug. 2011; published Oct. 2012)
Collection of quotations from this giant of 19th century Christianity: a brilliant thinker, preacher, apologist, teacher and famous convert to Catholicism.

100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura (#25; Nov. 2011; published May 2012)
It's all summed-up in one "powerhouse" of relentless biblical critique of one of the "pillars of the Reformation": that amazingly lacks any biblical support. 
Arguments from 12 great apologists: More, Erasmus, Suárez, Francis de Sales, Bossuet, Pascal, Wiseman, Ullathorne, Benson, Gibbons, Prat, and Adam.
Biblical arguments garnered in support of invocation, intercession, and veneration of saints, images, relics, purgatory, prayer for the dead, and penance.
The controversial beliefs of papal primacy, headship, and infallibility, are examined in-depth from Scripture, showing their complete harmony with the Bible.

The Quotable Wesley (#29, May 2012; published April 2014)  
Quotations from the wise and spiritual Anglican founder of Methodism, and zealous Christian reformer and evangelist; many affinities with Catholicism. 

A fun non-theological book that delves into various aspects of classic rock music, especially the Beatles and Beach Boys and their remastered songs.
Critical analysis of the biblical arguments(or lack thereof) in favor of "sola Scriptura" from the two men who are considered its very best historical defenders.

The Quotable Augustine: Distinctively Catholic Elements in His Theology (#32; Sep. 2012)
Quotations from St. Augustine: widely considered the greatest Church father, and often claimed as the direct forerunner of Reformed Protestantism.
Critical analysis of various questionable aspects of Calvinist or "Reformed" theology, including many lengthy replies to Books I-III of Calvin's "Institutes."
Thorough presentation of biblical arguments in favor of trinitarianism, the divinity or deity of Christ, and classic orthodox theism. Bible verses in their entirety.
A look at dubious beliefs on the extreme "right" of the Catholic theological spectrum, and why its "quasi-schismatic", pharisaical, rigorist views are wrong.
A helpful alphabetical summary of the theological ideas and arguments of St. Thomas Aquinas' masterwork, designed to make his thought more accessible.
Selection of some of the best Dave Armstrong's numerous theological and apologetic arguments, on a wide variety of issues: always emphasizing the Bible.
Many aspects of the journey to Catholicism examined, conversion stories, and the most extensive account of Dave Armstrong's own conversion (75 pages).
Writings of 8 Church Doctors: Basil, John Chrysostom, Gregory Nazianzen, Athanasius, Cyril of Alexandria, Ephraim, Cyril of Jerusalem, & John Damascene.

 The Quotable Newman, Vol. II (#40; Aug. 2013)
290 more pages of quotes on a wide variety of topics from the 19th century Churchman, with emphasis on his personal letters, and lesser-known topics.
A "biblical catechism." The idea is simple but unique: 1001 questions are "answered" with a Bible passage: with 18 broad categories and 200 sub-topics.

Debating James White: Shocking Failures of the “Undefeatable” Anti-Catholic Champion (#42; Nov. 2013) 
A series of critical in-depth analyses and debates with the leading anti-Catholic apologist today (especially online): the Reformed Baptist James White.

Pope Francis Explained: Survey of Myths, Legends, and Catholic Defenses in Harmony with Tradition (#43; Jan. 2014) 
A look at how the media frequently misrepresents the pope as a supposed dissenter, and how Catholics on the far right are also unnecessarily suspicious.  

[more added as they come out!  I plan on at least four more in 2014 . . .]


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9 comments:

Elaine said...

Hi Dave,can you recommend me where to begin with all your books....I know nothing about nearly everything. A holy Priest named, Fr. John Abberton, mentioned to me that you were a really good Apologist.

Which way is the best way to order, I live in Canada.

Dave Armstrong said...

Hi Elaine,

Thanks for your interest! My dad was born in Canada and most of my relatives are there. :-)

If you are just getting into apologetics or theology, the book for you would probably be A Biblical Defense of Catholicism. That explains the Catholic doctrines that are different from Protestants, using the Bible.

A more compact version of the same sort of thing is The One-Minute Apologist. Another that might help you is Revelation! 1001 Bible Answers to Theological Questions. That's sort of like a Catechism. The answer to every question is a Bible passage.

For all order information, see my Main Books Page.

It has all my books, with all purchase options linked. You can follow any book cover icon or title to an in-depth page about the individual book.

God bless you!

Elaine said...

Thank you,Dave!
Can you also recommend which Bible is best...is it true about what some say...that it is watered down?

Dave Armstrong said...

I'm very partial to the RSV. There is a Catholic edition that modifies relatively few verses. It's literal and retains the beauty of the King James Version for the most part.

The NAB is a terrible translation, with even worse notes . . .

Elaine said...

What does RSV stand for? Can we ever know which is closes to the first original bible?

Tks, for the suggestion. There has been much controversy over bible translation.

Dave Armstrong said...

Revised Standard Version (revision of King James Bible).

All we can do is consult the latest manuscripts to see if the text corresponds, but one has to know Greek, so most of us have to trust translators at some point.

From all I know (as an apologist for now 33 years), RSV is true to the original manuscripts, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Beyond that, you'd have to read articles that discusses fine points. I would suggest the Catholic Answers website, or calling them for more specifics.

I don't have much time to answer many specific questions. I have to keep writing books, which is the way I make my living (and a meager income at that!).

Vand83 said...

First off, you're one of my favorite apologists. Your willingness to dialogue with all comers reflects the definition of ecumenism. So thank you for your work. I plan on buying as many of your books as I'm able.

Second, I'm a convert to the faith (am I allowed to say that if I'm still in RCIA?) and have decided to get a degree in Philosophy. As a convert I'm sooooo enthusiastic about the truth the Church proclaims. Yet, I'm sometimes discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm I find from cradle Catholics. We're having our annual mens conference, and it feels as if those in charge pick speakers who will give them a warm, fuzzy feeling about the faith. Being a young man myself and knowing the challenges we're presented with, it seems that they should bring in apologist like you to educate young men how to defend the faith. Is this in my imagination? Should I mention it to someone? I'm so new to this, so what do I know. I just feel defense is somewhat important.

Dave Armstrong said...

Hello,

Thanks for your kind words, and welcome to the Church!

Defense is indeed important for a blending of heart and mind in the faith. Many RCIA teachers incorporate this; others, don't, unfortunately.

I don't do speaking, myself, but lots of apologists do. I'd recommend my friend Gary Michuta, who does a great job.

Dave Armstrong said...

Oh, I see that you were referring to the men's conference and not RCIA. I still recommend Gary if there can be a speaker's fee that would allow him to travel to it (he's in southeast Michigan, as I am).