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Apologists Alley

Apologists Alley

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  • In Purgatory Is for Real, Catholic apologist Karlo Broussard (Meeting the Protestant Challenge) definitively tackles this most-misunderstood teaching, giving you the evidence and arguments to see (and explain to others) that purgatory is neither contrary to Scripture nor some fantastical dogma that Rome invented. Rather, it is firmly rooted in biblical truth and the faith and practice of the earliest Christians.

    Purgatory Is for Real

    Catholic Answers Press

    $16.95
    To some, the Catholic doctrine of purgatory is murky and mysterious—even scary. What is this shadowy state between earth and heaven supposed to be? Others wonder how it’s even possible for saved souls to be suffering in the afterlife if Jesus...
    $16.95
  • n May 1917, the Virgin Mary began appearing to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, bringing them a message of repentance, warning, and hope.

She returned every month of that year through October, when tens of thousands witnessed the event known as the “miracle of the sun.”

She also gave the children a mysterious three-part secret that would not be revealed in its entirety until the year 2000.

The Mysteries of Fatima offers a fascinating look at this crucial Marian apparition. 
In this informative audio set, senior apologist Jimmy Akin and his co-host Domenico Bettinelli dive deep into the mysteries of Fatima in three presentations taken from Jimmy’s top-rated Mysterious World podcast.

    The Mysteries of Fatima

    Catholic Answers Press

    $19.95
    In May 1917, the Virgin Mary began appearing to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, bringing them a message of repentance, warning, and hope. She returned every month of that year through October, when tens of thousands witnessed the event...
    $19.95
  • In Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?, Trent Horn and Catherine R. Pakaluk refute this tempting but false notion. Drawing on Scripture, history, Catholic social teaching, and basic economic reality, they show beyond a doubt that Catholicism and socialism are utterly incompatible.

    Can A Catholic Be A Socialist?

    Catholic Answers Press

    $16.95
    Common Sense About the Common Good Pope Leo XIII wrote of the “harvest of misery” that socialism brings. Pius XI said that it’s impossible to be a good Catholic and a good socialist. John Paul II spent his papacy combating...
    $16.95
  • Few Christian groups straddle that fine line between sect and denomination as does the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. On the one hand, its more than 20 million members profess belief in many tenets of Christian orthodoxy, including the Trinity and Christ’s sacrificial atonement on the cross. On the other hand, its murky origins and collection of eccentric doctrines and practices place it on the fringes of Christianity.

In The Great Disappointment—named after the failed eighteenth-century prophecies of Christ’s return that sparked the Adventist movement—Tim Staples takes a deep dive into SDA history and theology, giving you a thorough understanding of its key beliefs and how they stack up to Catholic truths.

Although Seventh-day Adventism may be best known for its insistence on a Saturday Sabbath and traditionally strict rules about diet and lifestyle, Staples says we should pay more attention to the seven major errors in its doctrines. In this thorough but characteristically engaging and accessible four-disc set, he takes you through each error (God has a body, Ellen Gould White was a unique prophet of Christ’s return, the human soul is not immortal, etc.) and refutes it with solid scriptural evidence and commonsense philosophy.

The SDA Church has influenced modern Christian culture in ways well beyond its numbers. Listen to The Great Disappointment and be able to respond to that influence—and to the Adventists in your life—with knowledge and skill.

    The Great Disappointment

    Catholic Answers Press

    $19.95
    Few Christian groups straddle that fine line between sect and denomination as does the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. On the one hand, its more than 20 million members profess belief in many tenets of Christian orthodoxy, including the Trinity and...
    $19.95
  • Raised by a Jewish father and an ex-Catholic mother, Trent Horn was adrift in skepticism in his teenage years and believed religion was “a crutch for the simple-minded.”

At the time, Trent:

    Thought that Christians were anti-intellectual
    That they were just a bunch of ignorant Bible-thumpers
    And he particularly enjoyed refuting creationists and people who questioned evolution

But now Trent shares the story of his conversion to the Catholic Faith and how God turned him dramatically around.

In the new, two-CD set Following the Evidence, Trent shares how he went from a skeptic in high school to becoming a devout, defender of the Faith.

    Following The Evidence

    Catholic Answers Press

    $15.95
    Raised by a Jewish father and an ex-Catholic mother, Trent Horn was adrift in skepticism in his teenage years and believed religion was “a crutch for the simple-minded.” At the time, Trent: Thought that Christians were...
    $15.95
  • In Meeting the Protestant Challenge, Karlo Broussard gives you the knowledge and tools you need to answer fifty of the most common Bible-based objections to Catholicism.

    Meeting The Protestant Challenge

    Catholic Answers Press

    $15.95
    Every Catholic has heard the challenge: “How can you believe that? Don’t you know the Bible says…” It’s a challenge we have to meet. If we can’t reconcile apparent contradictions between Scripture and Catholic...
    $15.95
  • Many Protestants call themselves “Bible Christians”—in contrast with Catholics, who ignore the Bible because they have the Church instead.

Too many Catholics have taken this mistaken assumption for granted.

We don’t have to anymore, says Jimmy Akin.

Instead, we should embrace Sacred Scripture—not just as the revealed written word of God but as a thoroughly Catholic work, intimately connected with the Church from the earliest centuries.

In The Bible Is a Catholic Book, Jimmy shows how the Bible cannot exist apart from the Church. In its origins and its formulation, in the truths it contains, in its careful preservation over the centuries and in the prayerful study and elucidation of its mysteries, Scripture is inseparable from Catholicism. This is fitting, since both come from God for our salvation.

If you’re a Catholic who sometimes gets intimidated by the Bible (especially scriptural challenges from Protestants), The Bible Is a Catholic Book will help you better understand and take pride in this gift that God gave the world through the Church. We are the original “Bible Christians”!

And even non-Catholics will appreciate the clear and charitable way that Jimmy explains how the early Church gave us the Bible—and how the Church to this day reveres and obeys it.

    The Bible Is a Catholic Book

    Catholic Answers Press

    $16.95
    Many Protestants call themselves “Bible Christians”—in contrast with Catholics, who ignore the Bible because they have the Church instead. Too many Catholics have taken this mistaken assumption for granted. We don’t have to...
    $16.95
  • Death and judgment. Heaven and hell. They’re called the Last Things, but they should be the first things on our mind, for one way or another they represent the destiny of every human being. Yet our thoughts about them are often muddled by pop-culture sentimentality.

And then there’s that mysterious place—or state—that comes in between. Catholics call it purgatory, but most other Christians call it “unbiblical nonsense.” And even many Catholics find themselves hard-pressed to explain it.

In this three-disc audio set What Lies Beyond, Karlo Broussard turns to the Bible, traditional Church teaching, and common-sense philosophy to shed light on life beyond this world.

    Purgatory cuts through the confusion to show that this doctrine is both scriptural and a logical component of God’s great mercy.  

    Hell looks at revealed truths about this state of definitive exclusion from God’s presence. What are its pains like? Do we have to believe that anyone is actually in hell? How could a loving God send anyone there?

    Heaven opens a tiny window into the joys that await the blessed with God. Although “eye has not seen” the fullness of what he has prepared, there is much we can know about it—enough to recommit ourselves, today, to getting there above all things.

    What Lies Beyond

    Catholic Answers Press

    $19.95
    Death and judgment. Heaven and hell. They’re called the Last Things, but they should be the first things on our mind, for one way or another they represent the destiny of every human being. Yet our thoughts about them are often muddled by...
    $19.95