New books about Roman Catholicism by Gregg Allison

I was perusing through Amazon the other day and stumbled across an upcoming book about Roman Catholicism. “40 Questions About Roman Catholicism” by evangelical theologian, Gregg Allison, is due to be published by Kregal Academic Publishing on September 28, 2021 as an offering in their “40 Questions” series. Allison has already given us the scholarly “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment” (see my review here), one of the best (although challenging to read) examinations of Catholic theology.

The summary blurb posted at Amazon for this new book is below:

Straightforward answers about Roman Catholicism for a Protestant audience.

The Roman Catholic faith is one of the world’s most widespread religious traditions, yet the unique aspects of Roman Catholicism elicit perennial questions from adherents and outsiders alike. Such questions tend to fall into three major categories: historical backgrounds, theological matters, and personal relationships. Using Catholic Church documents and the writings of Catholic scholars, Baptist systematic theologian Gregg Allison distills the teachings of Catholicism around forty common questions about Catholic foundations, beliefs, and practices. The accessible question-and-answer format guides readers to the issues that concern them, including:

  • Where do Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs differ?
  • What happens during a Roman Catholic Mass?
  • How does Roman Catholicism understand the biblical teaching about Mary?
  • Who are the saints and what is their role?
  • How can my Roman Catholic loved ones and I talk about the gospel?

40 Questions About Roman Catholicism explores theology and practice, doctrine and liturgy, sacraments and Mariology, contributions and scandals, and many other things, clarifying both real and perceived differences and similarities with other Christian traditions.

I’m very pleased to see this new and important book from Gregg Allison, which, unlike his previous book, is aimed at a non-academic audience. Pre-order from Amazon here.


I noticed yet another new book about Roman Catholicism by Gregg Allison at Amazon. “Essentials of Catholic Theology: Student’s Guide” was published this past May.

The summary at Amazon states…

This course takes a systemic approach to explain the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and gives a comparative assessment to evangelical theology in the areas of salvation, Jesus, the church, eucharist, baptism and Mariology. The quotes that Dr. Allison is reading are from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, an official catechism approved by the Roman Catholic Church. This Student’s Guide was created by BiblicalTraining.org to be used in conjunction with this class.

The course that’s referred to is a free, 7-part “Essentials of Catholic Theology” online course that can be accessed at BiblicalTraining.org here. The student guide can be ordered at Amazon here. I ordered and received the guide. It’s definitely not a stand-alone resource. Strictly complementary. Yes, my friends, I will be taking the course and providing reviews down the road. Praise God that Dr. Allison and other faithful evangelical theologians continue to point out the irreconcilable differences between Roman Catholicism and Gospel Christianity.

15 thoughts on “New books about Roman Catholicism by Gregg Allison

    1. Thanks, Mandy! I’m very pleased that you’re ordering these books, although please note that the “Essentials of Catholic Theology” is strictly a workbook that complements Allison’s online course. It’s definitely not a stand-alone resource like the upcoming “40 Questions” book.

      Thanks for your rest wishes! We have several appointments and contractor visits scheduled for today, so it’s going to be hectic, but I have Tues. thru Thurs. to decompress. The work weekend was actually slower than usual because of the business quarter-end and July 4th week shutdown. Hope you had a good weekend and love and blessings to you and Nathan!

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      1. Hope your appointments go well! I am organizing and trying not to get frustrated! Before January 2, 2018 I NEVER had a problem with finding space for my clothes, shoes, housewares/seasonal decorations/miscellaneous items etc!!!

        I will look into taking that class online!! I appreciate the work of biblicaltraining.org! I haven’t taken any of their courses but am familiar with many involved. Thank you again!

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      2. Thanks! Got all the boxes checked and even cut the back lawn. Hope your organizing is productive! I’m putting that off until we sell the house.

        I’m going to put taking that course on my short list. Not many evangelical theologians are taking such a strong stand re: RC-ism these days, so I really appreciate Allison. He’s not going to score a lot of points within evangelical academia. I haven’t taken any BT classes either so this will be interesting.

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  1. Thanks Tom for this information. It should be made available, by all pastors who call themselves born again, to all those in their congregations. Protestant unity with Rome is no trivial matter. This truly is a salvation issue. The pastors, who are supposed to be watching, are sleeping.

    Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Gregg Allison is one of the very few “prominent” evangelical theologians who is still willing to take a stand against RC-ism’s false gospel.

      Yup, crowd-pleasing pastors, theologians, and para-church leaders would rather swim with the tide. There’s much more popularity and $$$ that comes with that.

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  2. I am glad Kragel Academic published this book. As we talked about before and you pointed out often it is not popular for evangelicals today to critique Romanism. Especially for a general audience and not just an academic one. Thank you also for the link to those lectures.

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  3. I had the honor and privilege of having Dr. Gregg Allison as my professor at Southern Seminary. He was always patient with me because I had a lot of questions in his systematic theology course. Thanks for sharing Tom. Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks, Chad! As an ex-Catholic saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, I’m very grateful for the work Dr. Allison has done in examining Roman Catholicism’s false gospel. Such work is very necessary in this era of misguided ecumenism. Have a blessed day as well!

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