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Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Defend, and Explain the Catholic Faith | [Scott Hahn]

Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Defend, and Explain the Catholic Faith

In Reasons to Believe, Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith - drawing from Scripture, his own struggles, and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, as well as nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather, they offer complementary evidence that God exists. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernable and knowable.
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In Reasons to Believe, Scott Hahn, a convert to Catholicism, explains the "how and why" of the Catholic faith - drawing from Scripture, his own struggles, and those of other converts, as well as from everyday life and even natural science. Hahn shows that reason and revelation, as well as nature and the supernatural, are not opposed to one another; rather, they offer complementary evidence that God exists. He is someone, and He has a personality, a personal style, that is discernable and knowable.

Hahn leads readers to see that God created the universe with a purpose and a form - a form that can be found in the Book of Genesis and that is there when we view the natural world through a microscope, through a telescope, or through our contact lenses.

At the heart of the book is Hahn's examination of the 10 "keys to the kingdom" - the characteristics of the Church clearly evident in the Scriptures. As the story of creation discloses, the world is a house that has a Father, a palace where the king is really present. God created the cosmos to be a kingdom, and that kingdom is the universal Church, fully revealed by Jesus Christ.

©2007 Scott Hahn (P)2010 christianaudio.com

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    Fr Adrian G. Head 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing person, Scott Hahn"

    Scott is a man with a big commitment and an intellect to get to the depth of things. He is no halfhearted person. Good reader for this book is Grove Gardner.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Tampa, FL, United States 10-01-12
    Phillip Tampa, FL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Reasons to Believe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this and profited from Scott Hahn's accessible and easy going style. Don't shy away if you are not Catholic--about 2/3's is not Catholic-specific and would be an excellent review of common sense Christianity for just about anyone. Well worth my time!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    benigno Montebello, CA, United States 05-29-12
    benigno Montebello, CA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even though I was confirmed when I was a little boy, now as as a husband and father of 4 kids, I have re-discover the abundant riches of my Catholic faith. I'm not afraid, nor embarrased to proclaim that Jesus is present in his Church, who He is constantly invigorating and renewing through his sacraments and inspiring us with the merits and virtous lives of the saints.

    Scott Hahn explains how in the Economy of God, the natural (the Creation) and supernatural (the Revelation) are completed in the death, resurrection of Jesus and in the institution of the Church, his bride and sacrament of salvation for the world.

    I listened it completely when I downloaded it and now I am studying it, following the cited verses the Catholic Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    I would recommend it to anyone who is seriouly searching for the roots of their Christian faith. "Reasons to Believe" unbiased and scientific approach with lead you to discover and help you embrace the Church the Scott and I are proud to profess.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity and tenacity of the author to conduct a deep research.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When his colleagues brought out to discussion if the baptism of infants was unbiblical, to which he questioned: is re-baptizing biblical? Jesus said "Let the children come to me..." Mat. 19, 14. In Pentecost, Peter testimony converted many asking them to "repent and be baptized all of you..." Acts 2, 38-39.

    Scott found out that indeed the baptism of infants was an ancient custom in the Church.

    After all, if God welcomed newborns into Israel by means of circumcision rituals, for 2000 years, why would he suddenly close the kingdom to babies because they could not understand ritual baptism? And if he had intended doing such a radical change, wouldn’t he said so explicitly?

    Baptize into Christ, we are partakers fo the divine nature. Whe share in the divine sonship of Christ. This is the esence of salvation and the substance of Catholicism.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when he compares the Church as one big family:

    We have the Father, we have our Mother, Mary, our brother and Saviour, Jesus, our brothers and sisters in faith, and gathered at Table to receive the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world".


    Any additional comments?

    becoming a Christian is more than a feeling or belonging to a new evangelical movement, even when the worship services might be electriying, singing with much exaltation, and the pastor's preaching very energetic...

    It about belonging to the only Church Jesus founded, the one he calls "my Bride" and has all the means for sanctification and the fullness of truth.

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    Asuncion Canada 11-05-12
    Asuncion Canada 11-05-12
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    I have known this author from many years back when my late husband introduced to me a video on Scott Hahn's conversion to the Catholic faith. Listening to him then was a great gift especially for one who has been a Catholic from the cradle. This audio book is giving me a deeper sense and understanding of my faith not only as a member of the Universal church but as a child of the One God who is Love and Provider of all my needs in joy, sorrow, success, difficulties and challenges of daily life. I highly recommend this book especially to those who have difficulties of staying awake while reading but wanting to know more.

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    "This will help you grow in faith."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Reasons to Believe to be better than the print version?

    Both are good , the audio is like having a teacher in class ,like being in school its great Scott Hahn is one of the best teachers of the Catholic faith a great of Scripture teacher knows what hes talking about . You will learn how to talk about faith : How to study the Catechism : How to listen and talk to those who walked away from the faith : How to study and use apologetic methods which is important today for all Christians : you will never stop listening to this one its one you will get back to over and over again : His other work A Father who keeps His Promise is great you can get this in audio as and yes I highly recommend it and it will help you grow in your faith.


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    David Frederick, MD 11-18-11
    David Frederick, MD 11-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    I expected this one to be better than it is...given Dr. Hahn's renowned apologetic talks...tapes...courses. But I have read and heard better apologists. Also, Hahn sticks to his scholastic Thomism bent, and by now I expected him to have broadened or enhanced his world and life view, at least with a neo-Thomism if not with the personalisim of Pope John Paul II.

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    "Brilliant"

    Amazingly clear descriptions and explanations of all aspects of the Roman Catholic faith.

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