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In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul carefully and respectfully looks at the doctrines that are at the heart of the Catholic-Protestant divide.

©2013 R. C. Sproul (P)2013 Ligonier Ministeries

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Great explaination of theology

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this to anyone interested in the study of why Catholic Church does the things that they do. It is fair, open minded, and not condemning of even the themes that the author disagrees with. I truly enjoy the non-judgemental way of presentation.

What does R. C. Sproul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Sproul brings a huge amount of great theology, and thorough knowledge of Biblical themes, and Catholic practices. He also brings a very deep knowledge of the history of the church in general, and the catholic church in particular.

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a protestant's view of the sacraments

What made the experience of listening to Roman Catholicism the most enjoyable?

as a Catholic, a fresh perspective

What was one of the most memorable moments of Roman Catholicism?

the comments on the deposit of faith

Have you listened to any of R. C. Sproul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

not necessarily, but I did finish it quickly

Any additional comments?

not sure that he was accurate on all counts, but clearly has studied the topic from a protestant perspective

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Sproul as rewarding as ever.

As an atheist I often turn to Sproul as a way to understand the mind of a believer.
He straightforwardly presents the topic never hiding.

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A Church Ruined By Men & "Their Beliefs."

This is a , Church that I am convinced is the "True Church," and being an excommunicated Mormon, I am aware of false prophets, and I am back to my baptized religion of Protestantism. I picked up this book and the author said at least a hundred times, "As the Church understands it," and here is the problem with this faith. He white-washes over the history of the church as if it is inconsequential, and never mentions the Pope never passing on to the US, that the Holocaust was underway in the year of 1940, and what that would have done to stop it in its infancy. This Church barks at the justification of faith in an erroneous manner, but I will probably not join this church because of this one book, but there is Pope John Paul 11, a man that I adored. i just feel him tugging on my soul, telling me this book was wrote by a very imperfect man.
I see though why Henry V111 turned into a sociopath, as he knew it was an infallible man called the Pope, that caused him all his troubles, and he could have been a decent king.

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A Scholarly & Fair Presentation

R.C. Sproul revealed a great measure of patients and fairness in this thoughtful study series. This is exactly what I was wanting in a study of Catholicism, especially when the study is being presented from a protestant perspective. He also did not disappoint me in the depth of scholarship that he was able to bring to this very contentious subject matter.

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R.C. Sprout is mind blowing

This is an excellent series of lectures, I feel like I am right in the classroom with him. Even when he speaks with the class he does an excellent job explaining their answers so you do not miss a thing. Extremely educational and mind blowing, full of ah-ha moments and so respectful to the Roman Catholic Church as well. You will not regret this purchase.

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Brief for Sproul but informative as expected

i was glad it bypassed justification by faith and focused on less spoken on issues of Romance catholicism.

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As a Catholic, I found it hurtful and offensive

What was most disappointing about R. C. Sproul’s story?

I found the wording and phrasing of the lectures to be hurtful and offensive as a Roman Catholic. He makes the Church sound ugly, archaic and wrong. I expected a more factual, unbiased discussion of the differences between the Catholic and Protestant canons.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The recording was very bad and the volume changes throughout the lecture series.

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My heart hurts

My heart hurts over the misled congregation of this institution. While the church urges you not to do so on your own, I would have anyone of the Catholic faith who desires God's assurance to carefully read chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation. May God reveal to you what He has to many concerning the city of Rome and the institution of the Catholic Church. "Children come out of her."

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Catholics are blind

This information is well organized and presented. Many Catholics do not know their own religion.

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  • Joel Scott
  • 09-19-21

Disingenuous in representing Catholic Doctrines.

R.C Sproul seems to espouse a misinformed view of the sacrament of pennance by not distinguishing Temporal punishment from the eternal. This leads him to the false conclusion that prescripted pennance is required for forgiveness & salvation... it's not. The eternal consequence for sin (hell) is wiped away upon the words of absolution. Prescription pennance is strictly only in the temporal realm of chastisement (see Hebrews 12)

Sproul also fundamentally misunderstands the Treasury of merit. He thinks Merit of the saints are added to the merit of Christ leading him to the faulty conclusion that Rome is deducting from the sufficiency of Christ. contrary to Sprouls conclusion, the catechism of the Catholic church stipulates in paragraph 2007
"With regard to God, there is no strict right to any merit on the part of man. Between God and us there is an immeasurable inequality, for we have received everything from him, our Creator." & paragraph 2009 further states "The merits of our good works are gifts of the divine goodness. Grace has gone before us; now we are given what is due.... Our merits are God's gifts." Therefore the merits of Mary & the saints don't add to Christ, but rather are Christ's work in their lives.

There are more misrepresentations but for brevity I'll only list the above as this is sufficient to Void Sproul of any legitimacy & integrity when it comes to analyzing Catholicism.

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  • 09-24-16

Excellent overview

An excellent overview and insight into the fundamental issues and their origins that explain why Roman Catholicism differs so profoundly from Reformed/Protestantism yet to many these differences can appear superficial.

A very helpful and objective review for someone ignorant of the beliefs and theology of the RC church.