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Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic (1996)

por David Currie

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David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism - theology professors, seminary presidents and founders of evangelical mission agencies were frequent guests at his family dinner table. Currie received a degree from Trinity International University and studied in the Masters of Divinity program. This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. Currie presents a very lucid, systematic and intelligible account of the reasons for his conversion to the ancient Church that Christ founded. He gives a detailed discussion of the important theological and doctrinal beliefs Catholic and evangelicals hold in common, as well as the key doctrines that separate us, particularly the Eucharist, the Pope, and Mary.… (mais)
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As the title states, Mr. Currie was born a Fundamentalist and later in life converted to Catholicism.
This book describes his journey. As he explains in the Preface, the audience is primarily Fundamentalists / Evangelists; a large portion of the book is a compare and contrast of Fundamentalist and Catholic teachings. But I would highly recommend this book for audiences of all denominations, including Catholic.

For non-Catholics I recommend this book because it gives great insight into the truths of the Catholic Church, dispelling many of the myths and misunderstandings. How does the Catholic Church regard our non-Catholic brothers and sisters? Do Catholics worship Mary and the saints? Does it teach we are saved by works? Why does it believe in the Eucharist being the true Body and Blood of Christ? Read this book, you may be surprised at the answers. Mr. Currie will provide you with the truth and how these truths are biblical. Be aware though that you may have to rethink everything you have been taught about the Catholic Church. Are you prepared to do that?

For Catholics I recommend this book as well. As a practicing Catholic I gained insight and understanding in a manner different than I have in the past Mr. Currie has a talent for explaining things in a way that just makes sense. It was also a great reminder of why some things are so important to us; such as why we go to Mass every Sunday and why the Eucharist is a central part of the Mass. ( )
  gsteinbacher | Dec 30, 2021 |
The author uses the Bible to explain the reasons he became a Catholic. The book is intended for his protestant friends and is meant to explain and to convince. It is clearly written, but I am not sure it would convince determined protestants. I do think recent converts from various protestant denominations would enjoy reading it and would agree with his arguments. But I want more quotations from the Bible that support Catholic theology in a conversion story. ( )
  judithrs | Mar 28, 2011 |
If I could give it 6 stars I would. Bar none, the BEST apologetic book I've read. How this could be topped I don't know. All the major areas are covered in a thorough, but non-combative way. Currie goes out of his way to use the language of those to whom he is speaking, his former Protestant/Evangelical friends.

I especially enjoyed the chapter about eschatology, the end times. I had never read a good explanation, nor really known there was a divide in thinking, regarding the end of time. However, when I heard Evangelicals talk about The Rapture I always wondered why I never learned about that in 12 years of Catholic school. Currie set me straight on the 3 main strands of eschatological thought.

My favorite quote (I'm paraphrasing) is when Currie is asked by one of his Evangelical minister friends why he is converting to Catholicism. Currie responds because his reflection has led him to the truth that the Catholic Church is the one, true church of Christ. His friend responds, "You're doing all that for truth? You must care a lot more about truth than I ever did." ( )
1 vote sergerca | Jul 21, 2009 |
This is the most persuasive argument I've encountered in support of the Catholic religion over Protestantism. Its effectiveness is probably due in part to the similarities between the author's background and my own. Although this book hasn't completely convinced me, it has convinced me there are some strong arguments worthy of consideration. Equally so, I see strong reasons against some of the evangelical perspective. ( )
  jpsnow | Feb 22, 2008 |
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David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism - theology professors, seminary presidents and founders of evangelical mission agencies were frequent guests at his family dinner table. Currie received a degree from Trinity International University and studied in the Masters of Divinity program. This book was written as an explanation to his fundamentalist and evangelical friends and family about why he became a Roman Catholic. Currie presents a very lucid, systematic and intelligible account of the reasons for his conversion to the ancient Church that Christ founded. He gives a detailed discussion of the important theological and doctrinal beliefs Catholic and evangelicals hold in common, as well as the key doctrines that separate us, particularly the Eucharist, the Pope, and Mary.

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