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Nuts & Bolts: A Practical, How-To Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith

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Step-by-step answers to 14 of the common arguments posed to Catholics, like the Divinity of Christ, the Eucharist, Confession, means of salvation, and 10 more.  Learn how to engage in apologetics with confidence and effectiveness.  Packed with scriptural evidence for Catholicism, this charitable book teaches you the basics of apologetics.  This book is very effective ...more
Paperback, 137 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Basilica Press
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Darryl
Apr 01, 2013 Darryl rated it really liked it
Staples gives basic apologetic explanation for common objections to the Catholic faith. As Tim comes from the same denomination that I converted from it was nice to be able to see Tim quote from Scripture to back up all his arguments. I would not have been convinced of the faith if not confronted with(as one other puts it) "the scriptures I never saw."

His discussions on the little rock/big rock is one of the books highlights(Matt 16:19). Tim dismantles that old argument, and gives the lay apol
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Joanne Goon
Sep 01, 2007 Joanne Goon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Catholics.
I had the privilege of hearing Tim Staples speak when I was just starting to become more interested in my faith. His talk really fired me up and inspired me to learn more about the "why's" of Catholic teachings. I never realized there was so much I didn't have a clue about. I immediately bought this book (which he so graciously signed), and got down to business in finding out how to effectively defend the Catholic Church. I still don't have all the answers, but this book inpsired a desire in me ...more
Joseph Wetterling
Aug 30, 2011 Joseph Wetterling rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
An excellent introduction to the Scriptural arguments for Catholic teaching on Mary, prayer to the saints, infant baptism, etc. and against counter-claims regarding the divinity of the Jesus and the Holy Spirit, sola scriptura, and others.

Each topic is covered step-by-step in a case study approach. You play the Catholic apologist in a scene (i.e. conversation at the grocery store, student in a philosophy class) and Tim walks you through what you say, what verses you cite, and how you answer in a
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Argum
Mar 31, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Tim Staples does explain apologetics in a clear way and uses a conversational funny style. He runs into some very odd situations - my mechanic has never called me out on my crucifix for instance, but isn't that the point of the New Evangelization to find opportunities every where. The approaches he takes posit real situations and in a non confrontational Biblically founded answers to why the Catholic teaching is correct. Basic and not at the same time - Greek explanations sometimes next to ...more
Ramon
Nov 10, 2013 Ramon rated it really liked it
In this book, Tim Staples gives a quick glance explanation of how to respond to people's concepts, complaints, misunderstanding of the Catholic Church. It is too short to give in depth responses, though, he does an amazing job with the space he is given. He covers a wide assortment of people that might comment/question the Catholic faith. He does an amazing job. This is a book to read over and over. It is also a handy dandy reference tool that one can use to defend the faith.
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Tim Staples was raised in a Southern Baptist home in Virginia. Although he somewhat fell away from serious faith during his adolescent years, the preaching of several TV evangelists motivated Tim to give his life to Christ at the age of 18. Shortly thereafter Staples joined the Marine Corps to gain some much-needed discipline and get some help financing his college education. During his tour of ...more
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