Preface to Books and other Resources on Catholicism

This is an abbreviated list of books on Catholicism that I've found helpful in my journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism. They are sorted by categories that may be of some help, although the categories overlap a great deal.

In a nutshell I have always thought Christianity to be the most reasoned and logical approach to why humans are here and why the universe we perceived exits. The classic atheistic position, "There is no God," in it's simple declarative form, demands an omniscient mind to state it. And since no man is omniscient, no man can make such a statement. Atheism is therefore, before you ever leave the box, untenable—logically just plain stupid.

The arguments for the existence of God are varied, but the best for me is the simplest. Calculate the mathematical probability for the creation of any single living creature, by something other than a benevolent designer that exists in dimensions beyond what we can perceive, and you'll not be able to fit the zeros on a sheet of paper. See the Hugh Ross books below. Or better still see his website: Reasons to Believe

The arguments for Christianity explain the reason for life, suffering, joy, and death from a perspective that is outside the visible three dimensions of space and a zero dimension of time (3D-0T) universe we live in. All other religious and philosophical systems work only from within the known universe. The laws of casual relations demand something outside to create and maintain, not something from within.

The arguments for Catholicism (vs. Protestantism, Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism, and spurious groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormonism) for me are logically consistent with and anchored in ancient Judaism, and the writings of the first-third century Christians. These writings consist first of the cannon of Holy Scriptures, and the very first commentaries on Christian doctrine written by the men who were discipled by the Apostles and their immediate successors — the Early Church Fathers. I have yet to find a distinctive Protestant doctrine that can logically stand without contradicting Scripture and the teachings of these men who knew the Apostles personally.

All of this is explained in the books listed here...and this is a severely abbreviated list.

Stan Williams