Does the Bible Really Say That?
Patrick Madrid
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Does the Bible Really Say That?: Discovering Catholic Teaching in Scripture
Patrick Madrid
Servant Publications
186 pages
July 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Many non-Catholics accuse the Catholic Church of creating doctrines and dogmas that have no biblical basis. Some teachings of the Church do not have biblical basis, but many do, and these are the ones Patrick Madrid presents in Does the Bible Really Say That?.

Madrid quotes St. Jerome, who said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Madrid and Jerome both encourage Catholics and all other Christians to read and study the Bible, not to just use it as something to put on display. Among the Catholic teachings and topics of interest to today’s Christians Madrid presents include

  • Temptations
  • Do Catholics worship statues?
  • Calling priests “father”
  • Divorce and remarriage
  • Gossip
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Humility
  • Homosexuality
  • Profanity
  • The saints
  • The Trinity
  • Is it a sin to vote for pro-abortion candidates?
  • What’s up with the Rapture?
  • Conscience
  • Gluttony
  • Purgatory
  • Good works
  • Guardian angels
  • Infant baptism
  • Priesthood
  • Divinity of Christ
  • Original sin
  • Sacraments
  • Brothers of the Lord
Madrid’s format presents the topic or teaching followed by scripture quotes from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the Catholic edition. After these, he further Scripture citations for the reader to look up. In his presentations and commentary, he quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other sources including Church Fathers and other Church authorities or documents. Madrid’s writing style of writing appeals to the general reader, but the academic reader glean something from this book, too. Non-Catholics will learn more about the Catholic Church and what the Church teaches, using the Bible as an aid. Endnotes and a Scripture index close the book.

Patrick Madrid is the host of four EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) television series and is the host of EWTN Radio’s Thursday live show, Open Line. He is the author of A Pocket Guide to Catholic Apologetics (2006), co-author of Surprised by Canon Law (2005) and More Catholic than the Pope (2004). He has additionally authored Answer Me This (2003), the Surprised by Truth series, The Catholic Book of Character and Success (2002), Why is That Tradition? (2002), and many other books and audio cassettes.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., 2006

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