Comparative Religion Books: Catholic vs. CofC


sola scriptura 200The Noble Bereans Were Catholic: Is “Bible-Only” Christianity Biblical?

•Has the Christian Church ever believed in sola Scriptura?
•Can the Bible create its own Table of Contents?
•Does Catholic teaching “go beyond what is written”?
•Does the Catholic Church teach “traditions of men”?
•Does Acts 17:11 endorse “Bible-only” Christianity?
•Does 2 Timothy 3:16-17 prove that the “Bible only” is all-sufficient for the perfecting of the saints?

The Noble Bereans Were Catholic presents Protestantism’s most common biblically-derived proofs for sola Scriptura, and explains how such arguments, when examined, actually support the Catholic Church’s Rule of Faith: that Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are two edges of the single word of God.

120 pages / 25,000 words


The Church of Christ Is Built on RockThe Church of Christ Is Built on Rock: A Defense of the Sound Pattern of Catholic Authority against Restorationism’s Pursuit of Independence 

•Does the Bible support the papacy?
•What are the keys to the kingdom?
•Did Jesus build His Church on a confession of faith?
•Are elders selected by local congregations?
•Are autonomous Church plantings Jesus’ intent?
•Is apostolic succession biblical?

The Church of Christ is Built on Rock is written for members of Restorationist communities, primarily those who understand that the Lord’s Church is found within groups that descend from the nineteenth century Stone-Campbell movement. Many non-Catholic Christians begin their protest against the Catholic Church’s legitimacy and authority by firstly arguing against her understanding of Jesus’ words, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church . . .” (Matthew 16:18); this book is a response to such arguments.

110 pages / 22,000 words


Marriage small.jpgAs Christ Loved the Church: A Response to Fundamentalism’s Attack on Christian Marriage Online version available here

As Christ Loved the Church presents Fundamentalism’s most common attacks on historical Christian (Catholic) Marriage. Vandapool presents Fundamentalism’s attacks by utilizing popular Protestant Church of Christ Minister Steve Rudd’s work found on his popular website, which is perfectly indicative of American Fundamentalism. By presenting Fundamentalist attacks with history, Scripture, and actual Catholic beliefs; Vandapool shows how the Catholic Church of Christ’s understanding of Marriage is indeed more Christian, and how Fundamentalism’s understanding of Marriage is more at home in the world.

110 pages / 15,000 words


wandering200Wandering into Myths: Problems with the Protestant Church of Christ’s Theory of Apostasy and Restoration

•Can the Church experience a Great Apostasy?
•Did St. Paul foretell a Great Apostasy?
•Does the Bible indicate that the Catholic Church is responsible for a Great Apostasy?
•Does the Bible foretell a Restoration?
•What is the difference between “the day of the Lord” and “the end times”?

Wandering into Myths is a short, tough-love approach to reasoning with members of the Protestant Church of Christ. Vandapool explains how the group wrongly teaches that a Great Apostasy preceded its Restoration, breaks down the group’s perceived scriptural proofs for the Apostasy, illustrates how the group forces an anti-Catholic agenda into the Scriptures, and shows how the group reads itself into the Scriptures.

80 pages / 11,000 words


small-bap-200The Church of Christ and Baptism:  A Book about Modes and Eligibility that Every Restorationist Should Read

•Does the word “baptize” mandate a specific mode?
•Does the Greek word “baptizo” mean only “immersion”?
•Do ancient Greek texts support the Church of Christ’s interpretation?
•Was every Baptism in the New Testament performed by full-submersion?
•Did the early Church believe in immersion-only Baptisms?
•How are infants brought into the New Covenant?
•How can a faithless baby be properly baptized?

The Church of Christ and Baptism is an invitation for Restoration Christians to understand the Catholic Church’s scriptural, historical, and reasonable position concerning proper modes and eligibility for Baptism. Vandapool writes to whet the appetites of Restorationist truth-seekers, to show that if the Catholic Church is right on this one important subject, then she might be right on other subjects as well.

90 pages / 15,000 words