Sunday, June 24, 2012

Basic Resources on Roman Catholicism

Here's my partial list of those sources I've found most useful in dealing with Roman Catholicism. Rather than post as many sources as possible, I've picked only those that have been the most helpful to me over the years, and those that are typically layman friendly. It's often not the number of sources one has, it's their clarity and usefulness.

I've included some audio debates and lectures as well. Picking audio choices is unfortunately like counting sand.

It should go without saying that I've been heavily influenced by the work of Dr. James White (as this list will show), particularly his many live debates and Dividing Line broadcasts. I've been listening to Dr. White's shows, sermons, lectures, and debates on Roman Catholicism since somewhere around 1998-1999.


R.C. Sproul, Roman Catholicism (audio series)

James White, The Roman Catholic Controversy

Eric Svendsen, Evangelical Answers, A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologists

Eric Svendsen, Upon This Slippery Rock: Countering Roman Catholic Claims to Authority

William Webster, The Church of Rome at the Bar of History

William Webster, Roman Catholic Tradition: Claims and Contradictions

William Webster, Roman Catholic Tradition: It's Roots and Evolution (mp3 lectures)

James White, Are Roman Catholics Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ? (debate against Doug Wilson)

James White, From The Bible Answer Man: Discussion with Tim Staples

Various, The Conference On Rome

Sola Scriptura
David King, Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith, Volume I: A Biblical Defense of the Reformation Principle of Sola Scriptura

William Webster, Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith, Volume II: An Historical Defense of the Reformation Principle of Sola Scriptura

David King and William Webster, Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith, Volume III: The Writings of the Church Fathers Affirming the Reformation Principle of Sola Scriptura.

B.B. Warfield, The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible

William Whitaker, Disputations of Holy Scripture

James R. White, Scripture Alone, Exploring the Bible's Accuracy, Authority, and Authenticity

James White, Does the Bible Teach Sola Scriptura? (vs. Patrick Madrid)

R.C. Sproul, Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification

James White, The God Who Justifies, The Doctrine of Justification

Alister McGrath, Iustitia Dei, A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification(Third Edition).

Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology (New Combined Edition). See Part Four: The Doctrine of the Application of the Work of Redemption, pp. 415-554.

James White, Is the Mass a Propitiatory Sacrifice?

James White, By Faith Alone (vs. Matatics)

Jacques Le Goff, The Birth of Purgatory

James White, Purgatory: Biblical or Mythical? (White vs Stravinskas)

James White, 1 Corinthians 3 and Tim Staples

Mary and the Saints
Giovanni Miegge, The Virgin Mary

James White, Mary Another Redeemer

Eric Svendsen, Who Is My Mother? The Role and Status of the Mother of Jesus

James White, Did Mary Have Other Children? 

James White, The Immaculate Conception Debate

James White, Veneration of Saints and Images (White vs Madrid)

Church History
Jean Daillé, A treatise concerning the right use of the Fathers, in the decision of the controversies that are this day in religion

J.N.D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines

James White, Is The Roman Catholic Priesthood Biblical and Ancient? (vs. Pacwa)

Greg Bahnsen, The Concept and Importance of Canonicity

Greg Bahnsen, Question of Canonicity (mp3 lecture)

Roger Beckwith, The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church: And Its Background in Early Judaism

F.F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture

James White, Is The Apocrypha Scripture? (White vs Michuta)

J.N.D. Kelly, The Oxford Dictionary of Popes

William Webster, The Matthew 16 Controversy: Peter and the Rock

James White, How Biblical and Ancient is the Papacy?

James White, Was Peter a Pope?


Joe said...

I see Sproul is coming out with a new book "Are we Together"...which discusses Roman Catholicism.

Looks like a shorter book, 120 pages or so and deals with Scripture, Justification, Sacraments, Church, Papacy and Mary.

James Swan said...

Thanks Joe-

I haven't kept up with all of R.C. Sproul's books. I will say though, his books are typically clear non-technical treatments of very complicated issues, which is why he's so popular!

I would assume this book will echo many of his points in his earlier recordings (like the series I've linked to of his in this blog post). R.C. recycles some of his material at times- which can be good, and makes sense (you'll know you're fluent in "RC" when you know the end of one of his stories before you get to the end of the story).

I, like many serious Reformed people, have a fairly big collection of Sproul materials. He was one of the first Reformed writers I ever read, and I certainly hold him in high regard.

Joe said...

Hi James.

Yea, on ligonier's website, you can find around a 40 page preview of this book (intro, forward (Horton), chapter 2 - justification)...and after reading it, I did not recall anything new that I have not read in his book "Faith Alone".

Perhaps the only thing I do not remember, is a few comments that Rome does in deed incorporate "imputation" to some degree within its doctrine on justification. Maybe Sproul mentioned this in "Faith Alone" and I just don't remember though.

I have a special affection for Sproul since he convinced me of a few Reformed truths (predestination, infant baptism, and a few others). I remember in college accidentally coming across him, and really could not get enough of him.

Though raised Lutheran, going to non-denom, to Reformed, and now back to Lutheran...Sproul will always have a unique place on my bookshelf!

Pete Holter said...

Hi James!

My list of recommended material for learning about Catholicism would be the Bible, the ecumenical councils, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, Augustine, and the writings of the popes.

In Christ,

Ken said...

Excellent compilation!

I also think Nick Needham's book on Augustine's view of salvation is an excellent compilation from Augustine's writings, that whets one's appetite for more, and yet doesn't require 5 -10 years (with life's responsibilities) of trying to master all his works. Some are still not translated into English, amazingly. One has to be a monk and learn Latin to get all of them under his belt.

The Triumph of Grace; Augustine's Writings on Salvation Grace Puplications, London, England, 2000.

James Swan said...

Thanks Ken-

I tried to keep non-technical sources in mind, as well as materials that didn't make it on to Dr. Clark's list.

Perhaps we can coax TurretinFan into doing a list, and feel free to do one yourself.

Fran Szarejko said...

Thanks for the excellent resource list. As a former RC and now LCMS Lutheran with a degree in Christian apologetics I have found many of these to be very useful in my work. You've also pointed me to several I was unaware of. Well done!