Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith

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  • Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith
  • By renowned author Scott Hahn
  • The "how and why" of the Catholic faith
  • Sharing the struggles of conversion

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

Natural Reasons
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

Biblical Reasons
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

Royal Reasons
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

“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 

  • Author: Scott Hahn
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 196

Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith