Are Catholics Christian? Is the Catholic Church a cult? Do Catholics worship Mary? These are common Evangelical questions that Catholics deal with in America’s Bible Belt and elsewhere.
Shane Schaetzel, an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church through Anglicanism, deals with these questions in a compassionate but firm way, having once asked them himself. Here, in the pages of this book, you’ll learn what Catholics really believe about: the Bible, Mary, the Saints, Purgatory, the Sacraments, Salvation and the Church. This book is an excellent resource for Evangelicals seeking answers about the Catholic Church, and Catholics seeking effective ways to answer Evangelical questions. It has also been used in Catholic parishes in the ‘Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults’ (RCIA).
Previously known as “Catholicism for Protestants,” the book was revised, expanded and republished under the new name “Are Catholics Christian?” It’s excellent to give as a gift to an Evangelical friend, or for just brushing up on your own Catholic faith. “Are Catholics Christian?” isn’t just another apologetics book. It helps you see Catholic teaching from an Evangelical perspective, and of course, it explains things in a way Evangelicals can easily understand. Priests and catechists, throughout the United States and Canada, have already used portions of this book in their regular RCIA material, and some simply read portions of the book to their class. It’s highly recommended by priests and catechists alike.
When someone says that he left the Church, or that he does not want to be Catholic, it is important for us to seek to understand why. It is becoming more and more common that those reasons why are based on faulty perspectives and misrepresentations of the Catholic Church. Shane Schaetzel has helped us to overcome this problem. I met Shane before I was even Catholic, and now it is my joy to be his priest (God’s providence is always amazing, is it not?). I am happy to say that he has done a great work to help us spread the truth about the Catholic Church and her teachings. His book, Are Catholics Christian?, takes its place in the work of the growth of the Kingdom of God by clarifying what the Church really does, and does not, say.Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah
St. George Catholic Church
The size of the paperback version is kept down to 8.5″ by 5.5″. This makes the book not much bigger than an adult hand, keeping it easy to store in a purse, bag or backpack. Portability is important. People like to travel with books, and being able to easily pull this book out of some carry-on luggage, while waiting in an airport, or midway through a flight, or riding on a bus, is something readers of this book can easily do. Portability also plays an important role in planting this book with others, such as sharing it with a friend, family member, or passing it on to an acquaintance as a followup to evangelization.
A detailed Table of Contents section is also provided (see photo), making it possible to immediately turn to the page containing the question of interest, rather than having to thumb through a whole chapter searching for it. This book is designed for portability and ease of use. It’s not the kind of book you need to read cover-to-cover, though at under 200 pages, it’s small enough to get through in one evening. Rather, it’s designed so you can skip to whatever page you want, depending on what questions you need answers for. This is the kind of book you can start in the middle, read backwards from end to beginning, or skip around as needed.