Bestselling author Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, has experienced the doubts that so often drive discussions about God and the Church. In the years before his conversion, he was first a nonbeliever and then an anti-Catholic clergyman.
In Reasons to Believe, he explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith—drawing from Scripture, his own struggles and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another. Rather they offer complementary evidence that God exists. But He doesn't merely exist. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernible and knowable. Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form—a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses.
At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the ten "keys to the kingdom"—the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ.
Table of Contents
1. More Than a Feeling: On the Love of Learning and the Desire for Dunking
2. Ours to Reason Why: On Seeing, Believing, and Flying
3. Natural Reasons: On the Persuasive Power of the Universe
4. Right and Wrong: On Doing and Denial
5. The Limits of Reason: On the Testimony of Miracles and Prophecy
6. Bible Steady: On the Church as One Foundation
7. Saints Alive: On Love and the Limits of Human Fellowship
8. A Mass of Evidence: On the Eucharist and the Purifying Fire of Sacrifice
9. Peace of the Rock: On the Papal Office and its Paper Trail
10. Reasons of the Kingdom: On Answering with Your Life
11. Created for the Kingdom
12. The Fleeting and Future Kingdom: The Difference David Made
13. The Kingdom Come: On Christ the King, the Son of David
14. When the Reign Comes: The Church is the Kingdom
15. The Catholic Lifetime Readings Plan: An Apologetic Exhortation
“Often we are asked to give an account of the hope that is in us, to explain our Catholic faith. In Reasons to Believe, Scott Hahn offers that explanation in a clear, cogent, and compelling manner, by answering the most frequently raised questions about aspects of Church teaching. It is a must-read for Catholics who want to be able to explain the faith they hold and cherish. This work should be of immense value.” Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl (Archdiocese of Washington, DC)
“Relying on Scripture, history, and logic, Hahn offers clear and compelling reasons to embrace the Catholic Faith and to defend that Faith, charitably and joyfully. He shows us yet again not just what to say, but how to say it.” Patrick Madrid, author of Search and Rescue and Does the Bible Really Say That?
|By:||Joseph DiGirolamo (Wakefield, MA, September 17, 2015)|
|Review:||I haven't completed reading the book yet but I am enjoying it very much as I do. It is easy to understand Dr. Hahn.|
|By:||Gran (Baytown TX, February 22, 2012)|
|Review:||A great reference for learning about Catholicism. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Well Written|
|By:||Beth the ND (Seattle, WA, February 7, 2009)|
|Review:||I've read and heard many of Scott Hahn's books and CDs and this is right in line with the rest of them. Solid research and strong faith are put into this book. I enjoy reading it bit by bit each night. Best Uses: Older Readers, Reference, Travel Reading; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Maggie (Winkler, Manitoba Canada, November 10, 2008)|
|Review:||Reading this book gave more insight into a lot we as Catholics do. I live in an area that is not friendly to Catholics and they have little knowledge it was good to have this book to refer to when trying to explain things. Best Uses: Education; Cons: Slow; Describe Yourself: Avid Reader; Pros: Engaging|