Sunday 9 April 2017

20 Answers Death & Judgment - Trent Horn - 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers

20 Answers - Death & Judgment
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers Book 11
Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Press
ISBN 9781941663950
eISBN 9781941663974

Trent Horn has written 9 of the 20 books in the Catholic Answers series. To date I have read 6 of the books he has written in the series and have read 17 of the 20 in the whole series. I am now almost finished the 20 Answers challenge.  The goal was to read all 20 books in the 20 Answers series from Catholic Answers during Lent. Currently during lent 2017 you can get all 20 books for 50% off, an amazing deal, and you still have time to get them! Trent writes in a very engaging way, his arguments are clearly laid out. But as he states in this book, many people today do not like to think about the fact that we will all die; and as we as Catholics believe then face a judgement.

The opening paragraph of this book is: "Eschatology is a branch of theology that studies the "Last Things," of which there are roughly two kinds. The first are the four traditional Last Things every individual must face-death, judgment, hell, and heaven. Every person will face the first two, but their choices in this life will decide which of the last two they will participate in for all eternity. Eschatology sheds light on what these things are and how we can prepare for their inevitable appearance in our own lives." And the rest of the book is a concise treaty on the first two of those four last things. The 20 Questions Trent tackles in this book are:

What is death?
How do we know there is an afterlife?
Is reincarnation possible?
What is the particular judgment? Are souls aware of anything after death?
What is purgatory?
What are some common objections to the doctrine of purgatory?
How do I stay out of purgatory?
Are the souls in the next life aware of what is happening to people in this life?
Should we pray to saints in heaven?
Are we living in the end times?
What does the Catholic Church teach about the end times?
What do other Christians believe about the end times?
What is the general judgment?
What is hell?
Is the doctrine of hell unjust?
Is it possible that no one will go to hell?
What will happen to those who never heard of Jesus?
What is heaven?
Will there be a new earth and a new heaven?
How do I get to heaven?

This book is a challenging read. There are many who will read it and not want to believe it. It follows the teachings of the Catholic Church. But it is very well written and really should be read by all Catholics so they can answer some of the common objections to Catholic teachings. 

Having now read 17 of the 20 books in this series, I can say there starts to be a bit of overlap. Some very similar questions get answered a few times; but usually by different authors and from different angles. But overall the series and this book specifically are excellent. Of the 17 books in the series I have read 15 have got a 5/5 star rating and the other two both got 4 stars. So even with this being one of the more difficult topics it is well worth the time to give it a read.

This is a great book in a great series, I highly recommend both.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Note 2: Lent 2017 this is an amazing series of books is being offered at a 50% discount through the end of Lent 2017. But the challenge is to read the 20 books in the 20 Answers series over Lent. That is right you can get all 20 physical books or all 20 eBooks for just $34.95! If you want a way to go deeper this Lent give this series a try! #20AnswersChallenge

20 Answers Series:
20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn
20 Answers Angels & Demons - Fr. Mike Driscoll
20 Answers Atheism - Matt Fradd
20 Answers Death & Judgement - Trent Horn
20 Answers Divorce & Remarriage - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers End of Life - Jason Negri
20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn
20 Answers God - Trent Horn
20 Answers Islam - Andrew Blezad
20 Answers Jehovah's Witnesses - Trent Horn
20 Answers Mary - Tim Staples
20 Answers Miracles - Karlo Broussard
20 Answers Mormonism - Trent Horn
20 Answers Salvation - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Scripture and Tradition - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Bible - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Eucharist - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Papacy - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Real Jesus - Trent Horn

20 Answers The Church - Trent Horn
20 Answers Witchcraft & the Occult - Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Apparitions & Revelations - Michael O'Neill
20 Answers Bible Prophecy - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Homosexuality - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Reformation - Steve Weidenkopf
20 Answers The Sacraments - Fr. Mike Driscoll

20 Answers Bioethics - Stacy A. Trasancos
20 Answers Conversion - Shaun McAfee
20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Anti-Catholic Myths - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The End Times - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The Rosary - Tom Nash
20 Answers Seasons & Feasts – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers New Age -  Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Catholic Social Teaching – Mark Brumley
20 Answers Prayer – Hugh Barbour O. Praem and Sebastian Walshe O. Praem
20 Answers Faith & Reason – Christopher Kaczor
20 Answers The New Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Protestantism – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Marriage & Sex – Todd Aglialoro
20 Answers The Early Church – Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Old Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Judaism – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers The Sacraments – Father Mike Driscoll

Other Books from Catholic Answers:
Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties - Trent Horn
A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day - Jimmy Akin
The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church - Rod Bennett
Answering Atheism - How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity - Trent Horn
Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue - Trent Horn and Fr Frank Pavone
The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism - Devin Rose
Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines - Tim Staples
Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians - James L. Papandrea
Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World - Fr. Mike Driscoll
Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith - Devin Rose
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura - Dave Armstrong
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life - Jimmy Akin
The Truth is Out There (Brendan and Erc in Exile Book 1 - Brother Amadeus and Amadeus
...Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory - Kevin Vost
Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan for Converting the World to Christ - Dan McGuire

The Fathers Know Best - Jimmy Akin
Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love - Trent Horn
The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did - Eric Sammons
What the Saints Never Said - Trent Horn

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