Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: The Index

Below is an index to our recently completed, nine-month series in which we examined and responded to Catholic philosopher, Peter Kreeft’s book, “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic” (2018). I hope this series was helpful in delineating the irreconcilable differences separating Roman Catholicism and Gospel Christianity.

Claim #1: I am a Catholic because I believe Catholicism is true

#2: Because it’s the best of five choices

#3: Because Jesus is really, truly, personally, literally present in every consecrated host in the world

#4: Because the Catholic religion is from God, not just from man

#5: Because of the unprecedented historical fact that the church has never once lowered her standards, never changed her teaching.

#6: For the same reason G.K. Chesterton gives: to get my sins forgiven

#7: Because the Catholic church has been infallibly right about everything she has ever claimed to be infallibly right about

#8: Because of cathedrals

#9: Because the Catholic church is not Christ’s organization but his organism, his body

#10: Because only the Catholic church can save human civilization from spiritual and material destruction

#11: Because of the nouns

#12: Because I want to believe the same things that Jesus taught and that his disciples and their successors and every single Christian in the world believed for fifteen-hundred years

# 13: Because I want the strongest reason to believe the Bible

#14: Because of what the church has not taught as well as because of what she has

#15: Because of one thing that that I know with certainty, that I do not need belief or faith for

#16: Because gratitude is a necessary precondition of all religion

#17: Because of my mother

#18: Because of the angels, and their invisible and anonymous mediation

#19: Because of what the Bible tells me

#20: Because of my friends and my family – my spiritual family

#21: Because of the personality of the church’s saints

#22: Because only the Catholic Church is marked out by the four marks

#23: For the reason Walker Percy gave: “What else is there?”

#24: Because I am greedy

#25: Because Catholics, like their saints, are a little crazy

#26: Because I know I should treat other people as if they were Christ

#27: Because Catholics still do metaphysics

#28: Because the Catholic Church alone in the world today is hard with courage in a world grown soft with self-indulgence, consumerist and sexual

#29: Because I need dogmatic certainty about God, and Christ, and salvation

#30: Because only the Church can whup the devil

#31: To save civilization from its enemies

#32: Because of the movies

#33: Because when I go to confession I want to believe that Adam walks into the confessional and Jesus walks out

#34: Because I don’t want to live in a one-parent supernatural family

#35: Because I need Purgatory

#36: Because, as St. Thomas Aquinas says, no man can live without joy

#37: Because the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church, and I need the Holy Spirit to “haunt” me with the very life of God

#38: Because the Church defends all of God’s creations as well as the Creator

#39: Because I value reason

#40: Because Jesus is there, in the church, in his body

Below are links to indices of my two previous series reviewing Catholic apologetics books:

“The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants” (2004) by Catholic apologist, Dave Armstrong.

“Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019) by Catholic apologist, Karl Broussard.

What’s next? Have I given any thought to a subsequent apologetics series? As a matter of fact, I have. Shortly, I’ll be announcing a new series responding to a Roman Catholic apologist.

21 thoughts on “Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: The Index

  1. Responding to your comment: glad your day wasn’t too heady with the load of work. My day has been busy just finished with a funeral and stuck in La traffic, got 40 miles to go; I’ll read your post later when it’s safer

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    1. Although they don’t talk about it much these days, it’s still on the RCC’s books that the pope has pre-eminency over the rulers of the world. I just finished a recently published book by a conservative Catholic in which he wrote religious freedom is a mistake and that civil governments are (theoretically) duty bound to restrict non-Catholic religions.

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  2. Thank you for your good work, attention to detail and giving me more teaching. The Catholics teach salvation by works, worshiping humans, repetitious prayers, calling others Father. It is heavily influenced by Satan. You’ve given me better ways to witness, thank you!

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