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Bible Conversations by Dave Armstrong

Bible Conversations by Dave Armstrong

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"Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition, and Salvation"
"Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition, and Salvation"

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Bible Conversations
Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible,
Tradition, and Salvation
By DAVE ARMSTRONG
\u00a9 Copyright 2002, Dave Armstrong
All rights reserved.

Most biblical citations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible (\u00a9
1971) and New Revised Standard Version (\u00a9 1989): both copyrighted by the
Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of
Christ in the United States of America. All emphases have been added.

This book is now being distributed for free, in order to foster more awareness of my other books. Those who request (or receive) a copy are, therefore, encouraged to distribute it far and wide, to anyone whom they think might be interested. Please tell your friends, pass it around, "spread the word," and kindly direct them to my two book pages, if they like what they read:

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Please pass along copies to our Protestant friends, also, to further the purpose of better understanding of the Catholic perspective on these vexed issues. Thanks for your assistance in this regard, and happy reading. I hope you purchase some of my other books, and in so doing help me to continue doing full-time apologetics.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication (p. 3)
Introduction (p. 4)
Chapter 1: The Premises of Sola Scriptura (p. 9)
Chapter 2: Is the Bible the Ultimate Rule of Faith? (p. 20)
Chapter 3: Does the Bible Clearly Teach That it is Clear? (p. 44)
Chapter 4: The Perspicuity (Clarity) of the Bible: Plowboys,

Preachers, and Popes (p. 53)

Chapter 5: The Formal Sufficiency of Holy Scripture (p. 67)
Chapter 6:Tra d itio n in the New Testament (p. 75)
Chapter 7: The Nature of \u201cthe Church\u201d and Catholicism (p. 85)
Chapter 8: On Church Authority and Epistemological "Certainty"

(p. 90)
Chapter 9: Are Dissident "Catholics" a Disproof of the Catholic
Church's Claims of Ecclesiological and Doctrinal Unity? (p. 96)
Chapter 10: \u201cDialogue\u201d With the Reformed Belgic and Second
Helvetic Confessions: On the True Church and Private Judgment
(p. 101)
Chapter 11: The Catholic Understanding of \u201cGrace Alone\u201d and
Justification by Faith (p. 110)

Chapter 12: Repentance and Salvation (p. 124)
Chapter 13: Justification, the Law, and Grace (p. 136)
Chapter 14: The \u201cReformed\u201d Definitions ofProtestan t

andPelagian (p. 145)
Chapter 15: The Biblical Evidence for Infant Baptism and Baptismal
Regeneration (p. 156)
Appendix One: Martin Luther and the New Testament Canon (p. 178)
Appendix Two: The Origins of Sola Scriptura and Perspicuity
(Hartmann Grisar) (p. 182)
Appendix Three: Catholic Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics
(Catholic Encyclopedia) (p. 188)
Appendix Four: The Antiochene School of Literal
Grammatico-Historical Hermeneutics (John Henry Newman) (p. 195)
Appendix Five: The Council of Trent: Canons on Justification
(p. 200)
Appendix Six: The Catholic View of Non-Catholics (Karl Adam)
(p. 206)
Dedication
To Three Fathers and Three Mothers:

To my wife Judy\u2019s parents: Ray and Joan Kozora: thank you for your love and for raising that lovely woman with whom I am privileged and honored to share my life and all my heart and soul.

To our Father in Heaven: It is for Your sake that I engage in apologetics and evangelism, so that more people may know of You and the grace and truth of Your gospel message. All praise and glory and honor and adoration to You!

To the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II: you are my hero and one of the greatest popes of all time. The Church will forever benefit from your remarkable teachings and profound example of Christian discipleship.

To Holy Mother Church: My goal as a writer is to glorify God and also to help make better known the depth of the riches and fullness of the Christian faith, uniquely preserved in you by the Holy Spirit, for all time, and for one and all.

To the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Immaculate one, the Queen of Heaven, and our Spiritual Mother. To you was given the unfathomable honor of bearing and raising the incarnate God: our Lord Jesus. Please help me, by your intercession, to become a better follower of your Son.

. . . I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means
save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share
in its blessings.
(1 Corinthians 9:22-23)

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