A Presbyterian Writes with Some Questions

Sez he:

So I am a Presbyterian, but a bad one, and I have been reading the Orthodox Study Bible, and have taken the day to study Judith (I do weird things like this every now and then).  In reading about it, and doing some homework, I stumbled upon one of your articles and thought it was truly fabulous, well argued and compelling.


Currently I have no intentions of converting to Catholicism or Orthodoxy, though at the moment, I would find a stronger argument for Orthodoxy than Catholicism if such an event were to ever take place in my life.  My faith walk has been that of a godless moralist (whatever that means) to an Evangelical.  But concerning Marian doctrines and Apostolic authority, I’m a bit of an oddball in the conservative evangelical world.  What I want is to know Christ, His Truth and to love His Church well.  Currently, my work is in the area of prayer, church unity and evangelism… and my hopes are to one day see the Church more united than She presently is, so I read a lot across “denominational” lines.

Good for you!  “That they may be one” is the prayer of our Lord and we are called to seek the unity of the Church.

So my questions are… (1.) what books have you written that speak more to Catholic apologetics and/or refute Evangelical ones?

There are three that scratch where you itch:

1. By What Authority?:  An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition

2. This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence

3. Mary, Mother of the Son

You can get them here.  Or, if you prefer, you can click through that page to the Kindle versions of those books.

And (2.) do you have any resources that refute Orthodox positions (Papal Supremacy and differences in the canon in particular would be questions I’m asking).

1. Jesus, Peter, and the Keys 

2. Upon this Rock by Stephen K. Ray

3. You might also want to take a look at John Paul II’s encyclical Ut Unum Sint.

I’m not up on indepth discussions of the difference in canon between East and West, but it basically comes down to “What is the custom of the Churches on those areas?”

And if your travels ever take you to Chattanooga please let me know.  I’d love to buy you lunch.

Sounds good!


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