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When Protestants Argue Like Atheists: 12 Weird Ways That Anti-Catholics Mimic Secular Skeptics

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  • Unveil the hypocrisy in religious discourse with Trent Horn's insightful analysis of Protestant arguments that mirror atheist tactics.
  • Trent Horn exposes the double standards in religious debate, showcasing how Protestants sometimes argue like atheists against Catholicism.
  • Delve into the logical weaknesses of anti-Catholic arguments mirrored from atheist critiques in Trent Horn's compelling analysis.
  • Explore the intersection of faith and reason as Trent Horn critiques Protestant arguments that echo atheist methods.
  • Trent Horn's thorough examination reveals how Protestant criticisms of Catholicism often mimic the very tactics they decry in atheists.
  • Discover Trent Horn's exploration of the parallels between Protestant and atheist arguments, shedding light on their shared logical fallacies.
  • Trent Horn's insightful critique navigates the nuances of Protestant apologetics, highlighting where arguments against Catholicism mirror atheist strategies.


Protestant apologists are usually our partners when it comes to defending the existence of God, the inerrancy of Scripture, traditional moral absolutes, and many other important truths. When arguing against atheism, they shrewdly call out the logical fallacies, double standards, and dirty tricks of skeptical critics.

But then, too often, they turn around and use the same tricks to attack Catholicism.

In When Protestants Argue Like Atheists, Catholic apologist Trent Horn looks at twelve areas where anti-Catholic scholars and polemicists mimic the methods they otherwise decry in anti-theists. Citing the work of both classic and contemporary Protestant figures, he shows how, when defending mere Christianity, they quickly object when skeptics shift the burden of proof, or appeal to fake history, or harp on the morality of the messenger instead of the truth of the message. And yet, when trying to take down Catholicism, they seem to have no problem employing these same shady tactics and others.

Not only does Trent unveil the hypocrisy and logical weaknesses of such tactics and show you how to refute them—he points out ways that Catholics, too, sometimes imitate the worst arguments of atheists. The result is a much-needed elevation of discourse, for all sides, on these all-important subjects related to Christian truth and our salvation.


5 Star Review: Andrew H. (Verified Purchase)

Charitable yet decisive, this book is an excellent resource for those interested in ecumenical discussion, particularly concerning Protestant-Catholic relations. It is well-researched and aptly written, making it well worth the wait. It would be a mistake to consider this book a case for Catholicism, rather, it is a case for careful consideration in terms of critiques Protestants may be prone to levy against Catholic teachings.

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Trent Horn
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4 Reviews

  • 5

    When Protestants Argue Like Athiests

    Posted by Jerry Caterino on Jun 12th 2023

    As usual, a terrific Trent Horn book.

  • 3

    Protestants argue like atheists

    Posted by James Golden on Apr 21st 2023

    Good read

  • 5

    When Protestants Argue like Atheists

    Posted by James Crowley on Apr 19th 2023

    Trent Horn's books are always great. All the books I have purchased from Catholic Answers are very good. Jim Crowley

  • 5

    Not For Beginners, Great For Perspective

    Posted by Brett A on Apr 3rd 2023

    Trent makes excellent points in When Protestants Argue Like Atheists. This is not a book I would recommend for newcomers to apologetics. This book is much better for helping people realize the pitfalls Protestants make when you have discussions with them (which helps on how to address those). Importantly, this book is helpful for Catholics, who can sometimes make the same mistakes (as Trent states multiple times). Don't read this book to get new arguments or to "trick" your friends with some type of one-up "ha ha, you argue like an atheist." It is not the point nor the tone of this book. The material is well-written and engaging. It is not dry, and it is humorous in many parts. Overall, this is an excellent book for helping see the "logical fallacies" that can come up in discussions.

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