By What Authority? an Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition

by Mark P. Shea

Paperback, 1996



Call number

239 SHE



Call number

239 SHE




"In this newly updated, expanded version of his popular work of apologetics, Shea presents a lively and entertaining look at his conversion to Catholicism from Evangelicalism and his discovery of Christian tradition. As an Evangelical, Shea accepted the principle of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone) as the basis of faith. Now as a Catholic convert, he skillfully explains how and why Sacred Tradition occupies a central role in divine revelation" "Tracing his own journey of intellectual and spiritual awakening, Shea begins by looking for a rejoinder to those modern-day false prophets who would claim that Scripture itself is not to be trusted, and ends with his conviction that tradition, as explained by the Catholic Church, is the only sure guarantee of the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ"… (more)


Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (1996), 192 pages


0879738510 / 9780879738518


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One of the best books of apologetics I have read. Shea is concise and his argument water-tight. His three examples of how Protestants accept Catholic tradition should be committed to memory by any Catholic who has ever had to face inquisitors on this subject. My favorite: the tradition of the table of contents. Most non-Catholic denominations center themselves on the Bible alone. While they may have removed books from the Old Testament, all agree on the 27 books in the New Testament. As Shea asks, by what authority do they accept these 27 books? Of course, it was the Catholic Church that codified the Bible. So, if Protestants argue against the position that the Catholic Church is the one, true church of Christ, led by Peter as ordained by Jesus, then why do they not challenge the makeup of the New Testament? There were plenty of other gospels and epistles written that could have been included, yet the Catholic 27 are what they stick with.

This is just one example. The book is fantastic. Catholics and Protestants should read, reflect, and discuss this.
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