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Meeting The Protestant Challenge

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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 teaching, how can our own faith survive? And if we can’t help our Protestant brothers and sisters overcome their preconceptions about “unbiblical” Catholic doctrines and practices, how will they ever come to embrace the fullness of the Faith?

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.

  • How can the Mass be a sacrifice when the Bible says it’s just a memorial?
  • Why do Catholics stress good works when the Bible says we’re saved by faith?
  • Scripture says that all have sinned—so what Catholics believe about Mary being “immaculate” is plainly false.
  • Jesus said to call no man father, yet that’s what Catholics call their priests! How much clearer could it be?

For these challenges and many more, Karlo provides a step-by-step plan for understanding the roots of the objection, breaking down the context and full meaning of the Scripture passages, anticipating followup arguments, and offering your own friendly counter-challenge to help Protestants begin to see how the Bible and Catholic teaching actually coexist in harmony.

Don’t get caught off guard! When the next biblical challenge comes, be ready to meet it with confidence.




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Karlo Broussard
Softcover, 288 pages
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16 Reviews

  • 5

    Meeting the Protestant Challenge

    Posted by Dan on Aug 30th 2023

    Excellent book. I’ve been in discussions with a colleague who is Protestant and has several objections to Catholicism. This book has answered them all. It’s been a relief to have a robust and simple answer to Protestant objections. Good job Karlo.

  • 5

    Concise and Clear

    Posted by Paul Curry on Jun 3rd 2022

    A great book by Karlo. Short chapters with concise and clear presentations defending the Catholic faith against Protestant objections. In this book, Karlo presents the objections then gives various reasons why the Catholic faith is biblical and gives a short counter argument to present to Protestants at the end of each chapter.

  • 5

    Easy to understand

    Posted by Scott on May 16th 2022

    This book has short, well-written chapters to make each challenge easy to understand.

  • 5

    Meeting The Protestant Challenge

    Posted by Steven Stubbs on Mar 4th 2022

    Very good book logically laid out with excellent explanations of and responses to common Protestant challenges to Catholic teachings. Every Catholic should understand these issues discussed in this book not only to respond to critics of our faith but to grow in depth and understanding of the Catholic Church. Your faith will become more complete and mature as you read this book!!!

  • 4

    As a non-practicing Catholic I really appreciated format.

    Posted by Art Pare on Oct 30th 2021

    I was raised Catholic and left the church some 30 years ago, now I am neither Catholic nor Protestant - simply Christian. I do listen to Catholic Answers on the radio during my commute and often feel drawn back towards the church. Not having an informed person to speak with and discuss these issues, I really appreciated the way in which Karlo Broussard wrote this book. He opens with Mark 7:9 which reads, 'You splendidly ignore the commandment of God so that you can maintain your tradition' -- which is the typical opinion non-catholics hold towards Catholics. The eight sections of the book are all well written. I especially like the counter-arguments, defining specific Greek terms, logic, and the gracious way Broussard lovingly invites dialogue and agreement. The first section is on Petrine Succession and Church Hierarchy. I can't agree that Peter's statement on the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) mandates 2000+ years of the papacy nor how Paul's rebuking of Peter's behavior (Gal 2) strengthens Peter's position as leader, but it is thought provoking and lovingly handled. Section III on salvation was exceptionally well written, Section IV on the Sacraments is well constructed and although Broussard's hermeneutics force him to arrive at the Catholic interpretation he discusses multiple objections in a very polite and informed manner. I did not have any arguments against his presentation on Mary in Section V, although I wish he had outlined what the specific dogmas are regarding Mary that Catholics MUST believe. I have seen much done in the name of Mary that I can't find supported and that were not discussed in the book. Most of all I appreciated Karlo's kind final words: ... to share biblical truth is a supreme act of love. Any time we set out to meet a Protestant challenge, we must look through this lens of love. And ultimately, meeting this Protestant challenge is an act of love toward God. It shows that we care enough about the gift of His revelation to get it right.

  • 5

    Great book

    Posted by Lisa Rossow on Oct 13th 2020

    Great resource for defending the faith

  • 4

    Haven't had a chance to read thru yet, but seems like it will have a lot of answers to questions

    Posted by Linda Pesoli on Jun 8th 2020

    Looks good

  • 5

    thorough read

    Posted by Joel Wester on Jan 7th 2020

    I am almost done reading this and it has more than I can remember to counter any protestant projection. I would like to have some objections to Sunday mass being unneeded over come. Some people think they are being religious without going to church.

  • 5

    Protestant challenge

    Posted by Ed Graveline on Dec 28th 2019

    This is so good because though I am an amateur apologist, this catagorizes it and is a great reference book for a quick look up. Helps on the anti-catholic facebook pages I am part of. some people HATE the Catholic church with a passion.

  • 5

    Meeting the Protestant Challenge

    Posted by Gary Mathews on Nov 29th 2019

    Great read.

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