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More than at any time in the past, Roman Catholics & evangelicals are working together.They are standing shoulder to shoulder against social evils. They are joining across denominational boundaries in renewal movements. And many evangelicals are finding the history, tradition, and grandeur of the Roman Catholic Church appealing. This newfound rapport has caused many evange ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Bethany House Publishers
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Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
James White is a biased anti-Catholic protestant, who frankly is very confused. If you wish to truly know about the Catholic Church, and what it really teaches and believes, then why not go to the source?! The same way you'd read a book on Buddhism by a Buddhist, and not go to a Muslim for his perspective.

I suggest Dr. Peter Kreeft's Catholic Christianity for starters. You may also want to read books by, Frank Sheed, Fulton J. Sheen, G.K. Chesterton, and of course Pope Benedict XVI.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
How I wish I could have stumbled upon this book (or one like it!) decades ago. Brilliant - and extremely dangerous.

I kind of think of Catholics the way I do Mormon's and Jehovah's Witnesses:
There we have people who claim to love their savior Jesus, the Bible, Heaven, God's morality, and the Church. Sounds wonderful doesn't it?
Then you find out a few years later that their Jesus, Savior, Bible, Heaven, and Church are not the same as yours. These New believer's only agreed with you until they got
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Excellent introduction to the Roman Catholic-Protestant debate and a careful look at the current issues of tradition and scripture, sola scriptura, the papacy, purgatory, indulgences, Marian doctrine, and the heart of the Gospel (how man is "made right" with God).

To show that the modern Roman Catholic church today is not the same true apostolic church founded by Christ over 2,000 years ago, the author carefully cites official Roman Catholic church documents, Roman Catholic theologians, the Catec
Raymond Churchmouse
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. Although biased reviewers falsely equate disagreement with Catholic distinctives as anti-Catholicism, to read Dr. White's book proves this is not the case. White contrasts these distinctives to the Scriptures and church history in an effort to show the reader how the Roman Catholic church has strayed from orthodoxy. I highly recommend all of Dr. White's books.
Nathan Newcomer
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent primer on the distinctives between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism and whether those distinctions even matter. As is seen in his other writings, White's background in public debates is evident in this book as it takes an easily followible form of logical construction. The author quotes primary source information throughout the text to show the beliefs of the opposing viewpoint, bringing a credence to his writing that might not otherwise have been noticeable. While the author tac ...more
Michelle Clennan
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Mr. White would be correct in his assessment of the Catholic Church, if only he represented the facts as to what Catholics believe.

This book is another propagation of lies and it is mind blowing that any "Christian" publisher or "Christian" bookstore supports a blatant representation of disobeying the ninth commandment.

In an ironic twist..Mr. White's sister, Patty Bonds, converted to Catholicism...

Her conversion story is here:

Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
A clear, precise explanation of Catholicism from a Protestant perspective. I would highly recommend this book to anyone consider Catholicism or in dialogue with someone about the differences between the two perspectives.
Ronnie Nichols
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the signs of a good teacher is their ability to bring material to their students in such a way that they enjoy, understand, and gain knowledge from what is being relayed. I always enjoy reading Dr. White's material. The Roman Catholic Controversy is no exception. Dr. White delves into the doctrines of Roman Catholicism accurately and lovingly comparing them to Scripture and sound Reformed Theology giving both Protestants and Catholics alike plenty to ponder regarding the discrepancies and ...more
Jed Park
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book did more towards steering me towards Catholicism than any I have read in a long time. Protestants who are debating about crossing the Tiber will certainly get their bathing suits on after reading this jewel. Between White and de Sales I am almost ready to sign up.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
James R. White's The Roman Catholic Controversy seems oddly titled. I managed to see his idea of the controversy to be a willingness on the part of some Protestants, and even Evangelicals, to minimize the importance of the theological distance between Rome and Reformed. I would guess that those who see that as a controversy would not be in need of being convinced by this book. What the book does aim to do is put Roman Catholic beliefs logically outside of the Gospel as defined by the New Testame ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though this book was written many years ago, in the time in which we find ourselves in, we still have Protestants lax with regards to doing ministry alongside of Roman Catholics (RC) whether in the area of abortion ministry or in other ministries. Our Protestant history and heritage has been forgotten.
I believe this book should be bought and read by all my Protestant brothers and sisters in Christ. As one who came out of Catholicism many years ago as a young boy and missing out on confirmation,
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Very good book on Roman Catholicism. White is a good debater. He avoids inflammatory language and conspiracy theories, and strives to accurately represent his opponents position through their own writings. His writing style is solid, though not often elegant. He clearly and consistently uses the Gospel as the grid for determining what issues deserve the most attention. And he combats unsound teaching by consistent contextual exegesis of Scriptures. I would definitely recommend this book for anyo ...more
Luis Dizon
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-religious
As a Reformed Protestant who grew up in a Roman Catholic household, I am grateful for the many good things that my Roman Catholic background gave, such as a good sense of morality and a rudimentary knowledge of the Bible. However, I have since come to know the truth of the Gospel and my desire for other Roman Catholics is the same.

In witnessing to Roman Catholics, however, we need to know what exactly are those issues divide us, and why they matter. While it is uncommon, there are some Roman Cat
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a helpful and lay-accessible introduction to some of the key differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant theology. It's written from an unabashedly conservative Protestant viewpoint, and the author makes no attempt to hide his premise: that Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants are preaching two different gospels. Those who agree with that premise will appreciate this book; those who don't will, quite naturally, have some serious bones to pick with Mr. White. Those who are un ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
In this book, James White states: What is the gospel? What does the Bible teach about the gospel? What does Rome teach about the gospel? If there is a difference, what is it? Where does it come from? Everything else pales into significance.

One of my favorite sections was in the last chapter, Sola Gratia, in a section titled "What about peace with God?" White discusses reasons to reach out to the Roman Catholic in order to become a "messenger of life" in case "he does not know the peace that com
Eric Lugo
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent source for those who wish to learn more of Catholic theology in relation to Christian theology...good read!
William Dicks
Probably one of the best books on the false teachings and heresies within the Roman Catholic institution.
Sean McGowan
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, apologetics
Good book on the differences between biblical Christianity and Catholicism.
Mark Notestine
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent rebuttal of the Roman Catholic apologetic.
Gabriel Barnes
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: polemical-issues
Excellent, informative primer to Roman Catholic Vs protestant debate!
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
An excellent introduction to the fundamental problems with Roman Catholic theology, easy to read but thorough enough to give to a serious Roman Catholic believer.
Gabriel Jones
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely well written book focusing on the distinctions of Roman and Protestant theology, primarily centered on the the doctrine of justification, that also serves as a good introduction to a Protestant who may not have a very well rounded understanding of what Rome believes and how our misconceptions of their theology can often leave us looking like ill-studied brutes. White provides a thorough exegetical examination of Protestant and Roman justification in the early chapters and la ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholicism
This was a very clear and systematic refutation of Roman Catholicism which focuses on the core issue at stake between the Reformers and the Catholics: does the death of Christ on the Cross save Christians from all debt and punishment of sin or not? Ironically, this book has been crucial to my movement away from Roman Catholicism and towards Eastern Orthodoxy. The view of salvation described by the Eastern Orthodox understanding of theosis provides a satisfying answer to the solid refutation of t ...more
Philip Brown
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I've followed James White pretty closely since 2012, but somehow never got around to reading this. I appreciate his scholarship afresh. This book is really well argued. Accessible, yet super thorough. I wish I didn't have so many other things to read so I could go through this again more slowly and carefully. A Protestant myself, I was blessed by this solid reminder of why these are such important issues. Particularly strong was the chapter on Papal infallibility, which White shreds. Th ...more
Pedro Camino
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Dr. White biblically and logically demonstrates the grave errors of the Roman Church. He discusses the core issues that threat the Gospel. Doctrines like the Mass, Marian Doctrines,Purgatory, venial and mortal sins, infused justification and eternal/temporal punishment are distilled and utterly refuted.

If you have friends or family who are Roman Catholic, this is a great book to start the conversations.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gracious and informative overview of the clear differences between Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism in light of Scripture. Don't skip the end notes, as they have a ton of useful information.
Ariel Fuentes
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read to anyone who desire to know the Roman Catholic doctrine and his differences with Protestants. This is a good job made by James White, his read is complete worthy. I recommend this book.
Joshua Jenkins
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
3.5 Very solid and well researched. It was a tad dry, but I could tell an effort was made to not be. I took my time going through it and didn't find anything I disagreed with. This will be a good resource to keep for the future.
Nick Carrico
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you were looking for a book on Catholicism... this is it. An in depth look at the beliefs of Rome straight from the church itself. James uses quotes from popes and catechisms all throughout the book. This is the best work on the controversy that is the Roman Catholic Church.
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James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who J ...more

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