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HANDBOOK OF CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith

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 Contents - Apr 2011AD2000 April 2011 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Pope Benedict XVI's Holy Thursday homily - Pope Benedict XVI
Climate expert refutes alarmist attack on Cardinal Pell - William Kininmonth
Homosexual rights trump the rest, especially Christians' - Fr John Flynn LC
News: The Church Around the World
Catholic Church's pivotal role in South Korea's pro-life revival - Babette Francis
Music that elevates faith and worship of God - Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
Literature: The 'impossible dream' of Don Quixote (1 Corinthians 1:21) - Andrew Kania
Marian Valley and Penrose Park: spiritual powerhouses - Br Barry Coldrey
Letters: Conscience? - Thomas & Patricia Watkin
Letters: Same-sex 'marriage' - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Easter shopping - Arnold Jago
Letters: God's presence - Noel Nugent
Events: Holy Week 2011 - St Aloysius, Caulfield North
Books: THE RIDDLE OF FATHER HACKETT: A Life in Ireland and Australia, by Brenda Niall - Colin Jory (reviewer)
Books: THE LOSER LETTERS, by Mary Eberstadt - Terri Kelleher (reviewer)
Books: EUROPE AND THE FAITH, by Hilaire Belloc - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: HANDBOOK OF CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith - Br Barry Coldrey
Books: TOWARDS A THEOLOGY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, by Paul Haffner - Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: Benedict XVI: Palm Sunday means following Jesus Christ - Pope Benedict XVI

Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith
by P.J. Kreeft and R.K. Tacelli

(Ignatius Press, 2009 493pp, $43.90. ISBN: 978-1-58617-279-4. Available from Freedom Publishing)

This is an impressive book by an acknowledged specialist in Catholic apologetics. Peter Kreeft is a convert to Catholicism from the Dutch Reformed (Calvinist) Church of the Netherlands and his co-author is a young Jesuit priest, Father Ronald Tacelli. Both are professors in the Department of Philosophy at the Jesuit Boston College.

The goal of apologetics is to assist believers to defend their faith and non-believers to see the reasonableness of accepting Christianity. In this Handbook there are, for example, chapters on proofs for the existence of God, Jesus' claim to be divine and the problem of evil and other challenging subjects.

From the earliest centuries of the Church, Christian apologists had presented thoughtful defences of the faith to sceptical Roman leaders at various levels, including in the Imperial Court. This was the classic rationale for apologetics: explaining the faith to intelligent, questioning non-Christians or non-Catholics.

In the modern world, there is a new dimension for the apologist's work: explaining aspects of the Catholic faith to nominal, 'census' Catholics with their pick-and-choose approach to their faith, its doctrines, liturgies and practices.

The Handbook contains the distilled wisdom of many years of research and writing in Christian apologetics with its material carefully organised and framed to be crystal clear and easy to understand and even memorise.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 3 (April 2011), p. 18

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