Jump to navigation Jump to search Karl Keating born , a prominent Catholic apologist and author, is the founder and former president of Catholic Answers , a lay apostolate of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. He was replaced by Christopher Check in that role. He worked as an attorney practicing civil law from through Leaving Mass one Sunday in , he found anti-Catholic tracts on the windshields of the cars in the church parking lot. He wrote his own tract in reply and distributed copies of it at the Fundamentalist church responsible for the tract.
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Shelves: theology-catholic-apologetics Back in the s, young Catholics were leaving the Church at a tremendous rate in order to join Evangelical Christian congregations that literally thrived on these conversions.
Why did Catholics leave the Church at such an alarming rate in those days? Part of it was poor catechesis on the part of the Catholic Church in the s and 70s, which resulted in an entire generation Back in the s, young Catholics were leaving the Church at a tremendous rate in order to join Evangelical Christian congregations that literally thrived on these conversions. And part of the reason for these conversions was the purposeful targeting of Catholics by these Evangelical denominations, and these marketing campaigns often consisted of misleading or downright slanderous accusations of Catholic beliefs.
In Karl Keating wrote "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" as a response to this exodus. On the one hand, it highlights the Evangelical organizations that target Catholics and try to persuade them to leave the Church. But the main thrust of this book is to discuss the Catholic faith, to catechize the uncatechized Catholics who are inclined to leave, and to present the faith to Evangelicals who have been taught to believe that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, the Anti-Christ of today.
In this effort this book is a great success. It is a very readable presentation of the faith, and it answers many of the most common objections to the faith in a very readable and enjoyable way.
It is very easy to read and in places hard to put down. In this sense, I would recommend this book to people who either do not understand the Catholic faith or who have wrong ideas about it. On the other hand, this book is very dated in a lot of ways. Keating spends much of the first half of the book discussing and repudiating the major Evangelical organizations of the s who targeted Catholics.
Today, very few of these organizations still exist, and those who do still exist are irrelevant. In the 21st Century, the threat posed to Catholics by Evangelicals is minimal.
The major threat to the faith today stands squarely in the secular realm. Catholics today are not leaving the Church to be Evangelicals or even to join the mainline Protestant denominations. They are leaving the Church to join the world, take up the sexual revolution, accept social teachings that are opposed to the teachings of the Church, or simply to live a narcissistic life.
To this end, this work should be updated to examine the major reasons why young Catholics either leave the Church or no longer practice the faith. So, while "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" may be a nice historical interest into why Catholics used to leave the faith, it is hardly relevant in explaining why young Catholics today leave the Church. Regardless of its shortcomings, I would highly recommend that anyone read "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" who is interested in the Catholic Faith and its defense.
There are certainly many religious groups with a bone to pick with Catholic Church and its teachings it could hardly be otherwise with a religious group that counts more than a billion people as its members and a truly global reach over several millennia , but some of the most If you are a Catholic who seriously takes your faith, or have been around religious discussion forums online or offline soon enough you will come across a barrage of very passionate anti-Catholic ideas and sentiments.
There are certainly many religious groups with a bone to pick with Catholic Church and its teachings it could hardly be otherwise with a religious group that counts more than a billion people as its members and a truly global reach over several millennia , but some of the most vociferous attacks seem to be coming from a particular kind of Protestant Fundamentalism. Many of us are frankly mildly shocked after our first encounters with this form of dogmatic anti-Catholicism. Not because they present new arguments that make us question our faith for the first time.
On the contrary, most of the arguments are centuries old, and we are mostly shocked to find them repackaged in a new guise that is at times as childish and intellectually dishonest as they come. The only truly new invention seems to be the new level of animosity and vociferousness. If you have ever been in a situation where you have to talk to one of these Fundamentalists, you probably know what I mean.
It covers most of the important topics that pertain to Fundamentalism - its origin, some of the current vocal fundamentalist Catholic-bashers, the tactics and arguments used by these groups, the long discussion on most prominent Catholic beliefs that are under the assault, and the most effective Catholic apologetic practices.
The book was written in the late 80s, but for the most part it has aged well. Of course, one huge tectonic shift that has occurred over the past twenty years has been the advent of the internet, and many of the fundamentalist anti-Catholic groups have found this to be the most appealing and the easiest way of spreading their message.
However, the message has remained largely the same, and in that respect "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" is as relevant today as when it was first written.
Catholicism and Fundamentalism
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Catholicism And Fundamentalism