Sources for Apologetics
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- The first catechism for the universal Church in 500 years is now on-line with a search engine.
- Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils
- The first seven councils, held before the Great Schism, are
especially an anchor to the complete unity of the Church in the First
- The Catholic Encyclopedia, now being put on-line and presented by New Advent
- useful, especially for historical problems and general descriptions of philosophical schools
- The WWW Bible Gateway
- Searchable Bible in several translations
- The Ecole Initiative: Early Church Documents
- Early Church Fathers, selected writings organized alphabetically by name
- Early Church Fathers
- a 38-volume collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church
- Early Church Documents
- The Documents of the Second Vatican Council
- Documents of the council that didn't just tell us what to believe but what it means to be a believer.
Also useful are documents of the Council of Trent
- Papal Writings
- Particularly useful are the writings of John Paul II
- The Roman Catacombs
- The EWTN Library Search Page
- The Navarre Bible
- A multi-volume New Testament with annotations on selected
passages using the writings of the Fathers of the Church, the saints,
and the Pope. The introductions to the volumes also include much
useful information on various aspects of Scripture and faith.
- Chance or the Dance? by Thomas Howard
- Goes to the heart of the reasons that positivism and
rationalism are not enough for man to live on.
- The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer
- an excellent treatment of where Protestantism is right
as well as where is goes wrong. I've heard Scott Hahn really likes
- Evangelical Is Not Enough by Thomas Howard
- The author is a former evangelical and gives a sympathetic account
of how evangelical beliefs, if lived fully, would be identical to
- Upon This Rock: Scriptural Roots of Catholic Teaching by Chantal Epie (Scepter Press, 1991)
- A thorough exposition of Scripture's endorsement for the Catholic Church and her practices.
- Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
- how positivism and rationalism threaten human life
- Ten Philosophical Mistakes by Mortimer Adler
- gives good insight into some common philosophical
mistakes that pervade modern life.
- You might also look at the Resources at Catholic Information Center on Internet
Professor Pakaluk recommends...
Professor Pakaluk teaches philosophy at Clark University, and
is a noted apologist.
``I have read and can recommend most of these books; others
have been recommended by friends whose judgement I trust. Note: these
are largely general works of apologetics; I have generally omitted
studies devoted to particular issues.''
- Mere Christianity
- The Problem of Pain
- God in the Dock
- G.K. Chesterton
- Everlasting Man
- J.H. Newman
- Development of Doctrine
- Apologia Pro Vita Sua
- Grammar of Assent
- Paorochial and Plain Sermons
- Thomas Aquinas
- Summa contra Gentiles
K. Adam, The Spirit of Catholicism
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
B.L. Conway, The Question Box
S. Hahn and K. Hahn, Rome Sweet Home
T. Howard, Chance or the Dance?
P. Kreeft, Love Is Stronger Than Death
P. Kreeft and R. Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics
H. deLubac, The Drama of Atheistic Humanism
J. Maritain, Three Reformers
B. Pascal, Pensees
W. Percy, Lost in the Cosmos
[N.B.: This is NOT a children's book.]
R. Purtill, C.S. Lewis' Reasons for Belief
R. Purtill, Thinking about Religion
F. Sheed, Theology and Sanity
F. Sheed and M. Ward, Catholic Evidence Training Outlines
R. Swinburne, The Existence of God
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Last update: March 23, 1999