Engaging Catholicism (Recommended Reading)

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I have been asked by a few people to compile a list of resources that may be used to engage the teachings of Catholicism. Below is a limited list, but I hope it is a good start for you.

First, look to the Scriptures! (From Chapter One of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith – The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary unto salvation.)

Resources to Understand Catholicism

Catechism of the Catholic Church (To know what Catholicism teaches)

Roman Catholic Theology and Practice by Gregg Allison

The Unfinished Reformation by Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo

40 Questions about Roman Catholicism by Gregg Allison

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Papacy by Leonardo De Chirico

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Mary by Leonardo De Chirico

Talking with Catholics about the Gospel by Chris Castaldo

Same Words, Different Worlds by Leonardo De Chirico

Overview of the Reformation

Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin Lutzer

The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Marshall

Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George

2000 Years of Christ’s Power (Volume 3) by Nick Needham

Five Solas

Why We’re Protestant by Nate Pickowicz

The 5 Solas Series by Zondervan (Check out the 2015 Theology Conference from Southern Seminary here)

Martin Luther

Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Galatians Commentary by Martin Luther

Here I Stand by Roland Bainton

Martin Luther by Herman Selderhuis

The Legacy of Luther edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols

John Calvin

The Necessity of Reforming the Church by John Calvin

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

A Reformation Debate by John Calvin/Jacopo Sadoleto

John Calvin: For a New Reformation edited by Derek Thomas and John Tweeddale (Check out my review here)


The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls edited by Matthew Barrett

Faith Alone by Thomas Schreiner (also under the 5 Solas Series by Zondervan)

The Doctrine of Justification by James Buchanan (Check out my review here)

Canon of Scripture

Canon Revisted by Michael Kruger

The Canon of Scripture by FF Bruce

Accounts from the Reformation

Light From Old Times by JC Ryle (The chapter on Why Were Our Reformers Burned? is worth purchasing this book alone, but you could purchase that individually here.)

Masters of the English Reformation by Sir Marcus Loane

The History of the Reformation in Scotland by John Knox

Testimonies of Former Catholics

Far from Rome Near to God edited by Richard Bennett (50 former Catholic priests)

Stepping out in Faith by Mark Gilbert

Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic by Chris Castaldo

Helpful Books/Articles pertaining to the Reformation and Beyond

Are We Together? by R.C. Sproul

Reformation Theology edited by Matthew Barrett

Catholicism: East of Eden by Richard Bennett

Saving the Reformation by Robert Godfrey (Canons of Dort)

A New Exposition of The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 edited by Rob Ventura (Check out the Q&A with Pastor Ventura here)

Here We Stand – Al Mohler

The Reformation and Your Church – 9marks

Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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