Catholic answers

to common Protestant challenges


If you're looking for solid Catholic answers to common Protestant challenges, but don't have lots of time, reach for The One-Minute Apologist.

One Minute Apologist jacket

Here renowned Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong (author of A Biblical Defense of Catholicism and The Catholic Verses) has assembled over sixty of the arguments that Protestants (of all stripes) most frequently
level against the Church.

Using the Bible, and in just two pages each, Armstrong decisively refutes common Protestant claims such as that:

The Bible is the only infallible source
of theological truth

• Peter is not the "rock" to which Jesus referred

• Celibacy for priests is unnatural and unbiblical

• The Catholic Mass is an abomination

• True Christian believers cannot fall away from salvation

• Mary had other children besides Jesus

• Indulgences allow Catholics to "indulge" in sin

• Venerating the saints is a form of idolatry

Drawing on a lifetime of study -- in Scripture, history,
and the works of Catholic and Protestant theologians -- Armstrong delivers the essential Catholic replies to each
of these claims, and to more than 50 other pervasive Protestant objections to Catholic doctrine and practice.

Packing centuries of learning and wisdom into just a few tightly structured pages, The One-Minute Apologist deals with major criticisms of Catholic teachings about:


The Church

The Papacy

The Priesthood

The Sacraments

Mary and the Saints

The Theology of God

And much more!

And since he's a convert from Evangelicalism, Armstrong presents anti-Catholic claims with an insider's accuracy -- using the special terms, references, and follow-up arguments that you're mostly likely to hear in real-world encounters -- and he responds to them in a way Protestants can understand and appreciate.

The One-Minute Apologist is concise, but never superficial. It quotes or cites more than a thousand Scripture verses, along with the words of scores of saints and scholars -- including many respected Protestant sources.

More accessible than thick theological tomes, more substantial than tracts, and better organized than other "quick answer" books, The One-Minute Apologist
is the one source you'll turn to whenever you need to explain the Faith, or defend it quickly, credibly, and well.


One Minute Apologist jacket

The One-Minute Apologist:
Essential Catholic Replies
to Over Sixty Protestant Claims

by Dave Armstrong
160 pages ppbk $14.95

Dave Armstrong is a Catholic writer, apologist, and evangelist who has been actively proclaiming and defending Christianity for more than twenty years. Formerly a campus missionary, as a Protestant, Armstrong was received into the Catholic Church in 1991 by the late, well-known catechist and theologian
Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.


Other Protestant claims
refuted by the Bible and
The One Minute Apologist
(How many can you refute?)

Annulments are just the
Catholic rationalization for divorce

The Bible doesn't teach that
the Church had one leader

The Bible says nothing of a third state besides heaven and hell

The Bible says we're all priests

Calling Mary the "Mediatrix" of graces makes her equal to Jesus

Calling Mary the "Mother of God" makes her greater than God

The Catholic ban on contraception is an arbitrary, unbiblical restriction

The Bible is clear, or "perspicuous," in all its broad teachings about salvation

The Catholic Church added illegitimate books to the Bible

The Catholic Church believes
it can damn people to hell
by excommunication

The Catholic Church teaches that a baby who dies
unbaptized will go to hell

The Catholic Church's
male-only priesthood is sexist

Catholic sacramentals and
relics are unbiblical magic

Catholicism is half-pagan, blending non-Christian beliefs and
practices with the gospel

Catholics are taught not to
read the Bible for themselves

Confession to a priest
is an unbiblical concept

Denominationalism is not condemned in Scripture

Original sin is not
taught in the Bible

Praying to the saints
is not Biblical

Eternal hellfire is not
taught in the Bible

Formal ritual worship is
opposed to a vibrant spiritual life

God could not
have become a man

Baptism is merely a symbolic rite

Holy Communion was meant
to be a symbolic rite only

How can a mere man
be infallible?

Infants cannot be baptized because they're not able to choose Jesus

God is not three-in-one,
as in the irrational doctrine
of the Trinity

Jesus did not make Peter
the leader of the Apostles

It is wrong for Catholics
not to allow everyone to
receive Holy Communion

Miracles and the supernatural gifts ceased after the death
of the Apostles

Jesus had to grow into the understanding that He was God

Justification is external and imputed, not internal or "infused"

Crucifixes prove that
Catholics believe Jesus is not
yet glorified in heaven

Marriage is not absolutely indissoluble

Mary could not have been "assumed" into heaven

Our sufferings have nothing
to do with those of Jesus

Pope Honorius shows that
popes are not infallible

Mary was not sinless
throughout her whole life

One Minute Apologist jacket

The One-Minute Apologist:
Essential Catholic Replies
to Over Sixty Protestant Claims

by Dave Armstrong
160 pages ppbk



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