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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin - 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers

20 Answers Faith & Works
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers
Jimmy Akin
Catholic Answers Press
ISBN 9781683571742
eISBN 9781683571766
eISBN 9781683571759



A few years ago, I have read 30 of the books in the 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers. I started with the 20 Answers Challenge when there were just 20 books in the series. And I have benefit from each that I have read in the series. And each one has been education, informative and encouraged my faith. I have a Religious Studies Degree with a specialization in Roman Catholic Thought. I would have loved to have had these books as resources back then. They are great reads, and this is an excellent offering from the pen of Jimmy Akin. Part of the description of the volume is:

“Perhaps no single theological issue divides Catholics and Protestants, and along so many fine lines, as the question of salvation: namely, are we saved solely by profession of our faith in Jesus, or do our actions (and omissions) play a part? Is it enough to commit ourselves interiorly to Christ, or do we need things like sacraments, sacrifices, and acts of love, too? 20 Answers: Faith & Works gives a short and clearly readable explanation of the basic disagreements, provides a compelling case for the traditional Christian understanding that the Catholic Church professes even today, and holds out hope for increasing unity among all believers on this critical issue.”

The questions answered in this volume are:

1. How have Protestant authors understood faith and works?
2. What are legalism and antinomianism?
3. What is the gospel?
4. What is justification?
5. What is the “New Perspective on Paul”?
6. What is grace?
7. What is faith?
8. What are works?
9. What is the role of baptism?
10. What is sanctification?
11. What is merit?
12. Can salvation be lost?
13. What assurance of salvation can we have?
14. What is the role of purgatory?
15. What is the role of indulgences?
16. What is predestination?
17. Does the Church use the formula “faith and works”?
18. Should Catholics use the formula “by faith alone”?
19. To what extent do Christians agree on justification?
20. How can we integrate faith and works in our own lives?

This book came at a timely junction. We had friends who has watched American Gospel on Netflix, and they were concerned about offending us because the show did not portray Catholics in a good light. And it lead to a discussion on faith and justification ad works. 

In these 20 questions you will delve deep into the history, church teachings and practical advice for those of us trying to live out our faith today. Some of the answers highlight the differences and some highlight many similarities. For me it was particularly chapters 14, 17, and 19 were impactful. And the final chapter on integrating faith and works into our lives. 

Another excellent read in a great series. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!



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 Bible Difficulties - Jimmy Akin  
20 Answers The Reformation - Steve Weidenkopf
20 Answers Bioethics - Stacy A. Trasancos
20 Answers Conversion - Shaun McAfee
20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin
...  

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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