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The Protestant's Dilemma

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What if Protestantism were true?

What if the Reformers really were heroes, the Bible the sole rule of faith, and Christ’s Church just an invisible collection of loosely united believers?

As an Evangelical, Devin Rose used to believe all of it. Then one day the nagging questions began.  He noticed things about Protestant belief and practice that didn’t add up. He began following the logic of Protestant claims to places he never expected it to go—leading to conclusions no Christians would ever admit to holding.

In The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism, Rose examines over thirty of those conclusions, showing with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism—if honestly pursued to their furthest extent—wind up in dead ends of absurdity.

The only escape? Catholic truth, which Rose patiently unpacks. In each instance, he shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant’s dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church.

The Protestant’s Dilemma is the perfect book to give non-Catholics trying to work through their own nagging doubts, or for Catholics looking for a fresh way to deepen their understanding of the Faith.


When as a Protestant I began to explore Catholicism, I Googled, “Why become Catholic?” What I was really searching for was a book like The Protestant’s Dilemma. This book pokes, prods, and wrestles with Protestant beliefs, showing how they come up short and how the Catholic alternatives are true. If you struggle with the claims of Protestantism—or even if you feel satisfied with them!—The Protestant’s Dilemma will open your eyes to the rich, logical, biblical claims of the Catholic Church.” —Brandon Vogt, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

As a former Protestant pastor, I wish that I had read The Protestant Dilemma years ago. Devin Rose serves as a theological tour guide, leading the Protestant from the parlor of Martin Luther to the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Along the way, he demonstrates that each and every step toward the Catholic Church conforms to Sacred Scripture and Church history. This is the guidebook to get you from the Reformation to Rome.” —Taylor Marshall, author of The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism & the Origins of Catholicism

“The Protestant’s Dilemma is different from other books written by Catholic converts. Devin Rose takes his reader on a dialectical journey, showing that the beliefs we share with our Protestant friends are only authoritative on ecclesiastical grounds that our Protestant friends reject. Working within the tradition of Socratic reasoning, Rose provides a compelling case for the Catholic Faith.—Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, and Co-Director of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion, Baylor University

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Devin Rose
Softcover, 224 pages
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  • 4

    The Protestant Dilemma

    Posted by Elsie Moren on Jun 10th 2019

    Very informative. Answered many of the questions I have been asking for a long time.

  • 5

    Fantastic Book

    Posted by Tracy Finke on Jun 1st 2019

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It explains the protestant position on a variety of subjects which is very helpful for Catholics. It contrasts the subjects with the Catholic position. History of the church and the writings of the Church Fathers along with biblical exclamations are introduced. This book is an excellent help and in understanding the big picture between Catholic and protestant differences. I love Catholic apologetics and this book certainly helps in that area.

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