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Is Rome the True Church?: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim [Paperback]

By Norman L. Geisler (Author) & Joshua M. Betancourt (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2008
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433502313  
EAN  9781433502316  

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A major critical analysis of the Roman Catholic Church's exclusive claim of infallibility. Since this claim is the most fundamental of all Catholic dogmas, the whole of its system stands or falls here. The authors explain and critique Rome's biblical, historical, theological, and philosophical arguments on behalf of its claim, digging into the best primary and secondary Catholic sources on the subject. This book has answers for students, thoughtful evangelicals, and anyone curious about Roman Catholicism.

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More About Norman L. Geisler & Joshua M. Betancourt

Norman L. Geisler Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, "Who is Norm Geisler?" some have suggested, "Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you're not too far off."

Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.

Norman has been married for 57 years (as of 2013) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University) Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren

SPANISH BIO: Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?

Norman L. Geisler currently resides in Weddington, in the state of North Carolina.

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Children of the nominalists  Jan 14, 2010
Much has already been detailed by my fellow this site reviewers concerning the level of substance in this book. It falls far short of what we would expect from these authors. Indeed, it would seem that at least one of the authors was not convinced himself since the buzz around the web is that Mr. Betancourt has, in fact, become a Roman Catholic! So setting those common criticisms of this work aside, I think there is still something to consider in this work that is encapsulated in the title question.

The question itself concerning Rome is one that implies the belief that there is not one true church; or it implies that if there is one true church, Rome is not it. The first assertion only begs the question, "How many churches did Jesus found?" The second assertion begs the question, "How did the gates of hell prevail despite Jesus' promise (second part of Matthew 16:18)?" When it comes to the historical record, there are only two contenders for the one true church and if it is neither of those, then Jesus' promise was empty. If there is no hope for the Eastern Orthodox and Latin (Roman) Catholic churches then we cannot have hope for any of the other contenders as the true church. When I was a devout Protestant myself I remember this dilemma well in a debate I had with a friend who was joining a cult because he said the church had become so corrupt it had no resemblance to the church Jesus had founded. I remember pointing out Matthew 16:18 to him and then the nagging question came to mind - was I not saying the very same thing to justify my Reformed Protestant tradition as superior to the Catholic tradition? It seems a dilemma that follows inevitably the nominalist philosophy that has continued to guide the successors of the reformation (see The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism).

Try it out if you must but do not limit your study to one side of this question and particularly do not be satisfied with rather shallow challenges such as this one. The authors surely could do better than this. If not, one wonders what keeps both authors from entering the Catholic church.
Co-Author Betancourt IS NOW CATHOLIC!!!  Jan 14, 2010
It turns out that this man's book is so poorly written that there was no way that he could debunk the Church. Joshua Betancourt is now a Catholic convert!! Praise God! Alleluia!! WELCOME HOME JOSHUA!! You are now in the ONE TRUE Church of Jesus Christ! Those of you who want a good book defending the Catholic Church, read Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church (Modern Apologetics Library) by Stephen K. Ray. Great book in DEFENSE of The CATHOLIC CHURCH!
Co-Author converted to Catholicism.  Jan 14, 2010
The co-author, Joshua Betancourt, converted to the Roman Catholic faith shortly after the publication of this book. I guess even he knew how flimsy the arguments against the papacy are!
The author converted to catholicism!  Jan 13, 2010
A lot of bad reviews here which I don't mind BUT the good news is that the co-author Joshua M. Betancourt had just converted to Roman Catholicism! I read it's just after the publication of this book that he made the move, talking about re-phrasing yourself! Go Holy Spirit!
Not one of Geisler's better works  Jan 5, 2010
I found Geisler's treatment of Catholicism to be repetitive and dull. As a few others have stated here, Geisler is an accomplished scholar, and a brilliant philosopher and theologian, but this work is simply disappointing. I'm a Roman Catholic and a fan of Geisler's work, but this book fell short. Not worth reading in my opinion.

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