Sunday, March 07, 2010
the Catholic Champion Says: No More Pop-Apologetics
Let's send Matthew a little blog traffic. His recent post takes a jab at the Roman Catholic pop-apologetic empire:
In recent years the popular Catholic apologetics industry has been relatively stalled with material aimed at the neophyte or those who have little knowledge about the Catholic faith. Most of the books that are marketed these days that are classified as being "apologetic" in nature are usually of this type. They are usually very elementary and do not penetrate the Catholic faith or tradition far beyond the surface.
In order to bring Catholic apologetics to a new level, it will take each individual Catholic who is willing to put in the time and effort to doing their own research. We have to go back to the Church sources ourselves, and return to reading real Catholic scholars and theologians, instead of relying on the same shallow arguments and regurgitated interpretations of the same material that has been presented over and over by the same circle of laymen over the past 15 to 20 years.
Well, as difficult as Matthew can be when he stops by over here, I've got to give him a thumbs up for not running with the pack. Attacking an entire industry, and also questioning the worth of the work of his fellow Roman Catholics is indeed bold.
He's right on. I can look on my bookshelf at a number of such Roman Catholic books that fit his description. Some of the stuff is... awful. I'd like to ask Matthew to do a new post, a follow up, of which books he thinks fit his description above. On my list would be, almost all of Patrick Madrid's books, Karl Keating's books, and definitely Steve Ray's books. I'd also be interested in knowing which apologetics books he recommends.... my guess would be those produced by Mr. Sungenis.