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Science and Faith Articles and Links:

The Dispute Between Galileo and the Catholic Church

The Galileo Legend

The Papacy and Galileo

God and Evolution – A Dialogue by Avery Cardinal Dulles

Billions of Planets, but Only One Earth

A Day Without Yesterday:  George Lemaitre and the Big Bang

Alpha and Omega:  Reconciling Science and Faith – Archbishop Chaput

The Biblical Basis of Western Science – Stanley Jaki

Vatican Observatory


Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia 


 Sexuality, Chastity, Contraception

Same Sex Attraction and Homosexuality 



 Media Issues 


  Bioethics: Stem Cell Research, IVF and Genetic Engineering 

Books to Help You Know, Love and Defend Your Faith


Recommended Resources (recommended by Scott Hahn, Professor at Franciscan University)
{P}=Protestant and non-Catholic Authors


Akin, James. The Salvation Controversy. San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2001. 

Alexander, Fr. Anthony. College Apologetics: Proofs for the Truth of the Catholic Faith. Rockford, IL: Tan Books and Publishers, 2008. 

Armstrong, Dave. A Biblical Defense of Catholicism. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2003. 

_____. Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition and Salvation. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. 501 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Is the Bible the Only Infallible Authority? Lulu.com Publishing, 2009. 

_____. The Catholic Verses: 95 Passages that Confound Protestants. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2004. 

_____. Christian Worldview vs. Postmodernism. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. The Church Fathers were Catholic: Patristic Evidence for Catholicism

_____. Development of Catholic Doctrine: Evolution, Revolution or an Organic Process. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. Martin Luther: Catholic Critical Analysis and Praise. Lulu.com Publishing, 2008.

_____. Mere Christian Apologetics. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. The One Minute Apologist. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2007. 

_____. Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comparison. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

_____. Protestantism: Critical Reflections of an Ecumenical Catholic. Lulu.com Publishing, 2007. 

Baker, Fr. Kenneth, S.J.Fundamentals of Catholicism, Vol. 1-3. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1982-83.

Bahnsen, Greg, L. Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith. Texarkana, AR: Covenant Media Foundation, 1996. {P} 

Butler, Scott; Dahlgren, Norman; and Hess, David. Jesus, Peter and the Keys: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1997.

Cavins, Jeff. My Life on the Rock. West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2002. 

Cowan, Steven B. (Ed.). Five Views on Apologetics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. {P} 

Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. 3rd edition. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008. {P} 

Currie, David. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.

_____. Rapture: End-Times Error that Leaves the Bible Behind. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2004.

D’Ambrosio, Marcellino. Exploring the Catholic Church: An Introduction to Catholic Teaching and Practice. Cincinnati, OH: Saint Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications, 2001. 

Devivier, Rev. W. Christian Apologetics. New York: Joseph Wagner, 1924. (Volumes I and II)

Dickson, Charles. A Protestant Pastor Looks at Mary. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996.

Dubay, Fr. Thomas. Faith and Certitude. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1998.

Duggan, G.H. Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Essays in Catholic Apologetics. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 1987. 

Edwards, Mark et al (eds.). Apologetics in the Roman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966. 

Fenton, Joseph C. We Stand with Christ: An Essay in Catholic Apologetics. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing, 1942. 

Geisler, Norman. Christian Apologetics. Grand Rapids: Baker Academy, 1988. 

Giles, E., ed. Documents Illustrating Papal Authority, AD 96-454. Westport, CT: Hyperion Press, Inc. 1952. {P}

Grodi, Marcus, ed. Journeys Home. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1997.

Guindon, Ken. The King’s Highway. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1996.

Hahn, Scott and Kimberly. Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993. 

_____. Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Defend and Explain the Catholic Faith. New York: Doubleday, 2007. 

Hahn, Scott and Leon J. Suprenant, Jr. Eds. Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 1998. 

___. Catholic for a Reason II: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mother of God. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2000. 

Hahn, Scott and Regis J. Flaherty. Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2004. 

___. Catholic for a Reason IV: Scripture and the Mystery of Marriage. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2007.

Hahn, Scott and Benjamin Wiker. Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins Case Against God. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2008

Hardon, John, S.J. Christianity in Conflict: A Catholic View of Protestantism. Westminister, MD: Newman Press, 1959. 

Hayes, Edward J., and Paul J. Hayes and James J. Drummey. Catholicism and Reason Manual: The Creed and Apologetics. Norwood, MA: CR Publications, 2009. 

Hampsch, Rev. John. Scriptural Basis for Marian Doctrine and Devotion: Questions and Answers. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1995.

Hesburgh, Theodore. God and the World of Man. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1962. 

Howard, Thomas.Evangelical Is Not Enough. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1988.

_____. On Being Catholic. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1997.

Jurgens, William. The Faith of the Early Fathers. Vol. I, II, III. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1979.

Keating, Karl. Catholicism and Fundamentalism. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988.

_____. What Catholics Really Believe – Setting the Record Straight: 52 Answers to Common Misconceptions about the Faith. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995. 

_____. The Usual Suspects. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 2000.

Kreeft, Peter and Ronald J. Tacelli, S.J. Handbook of Christian Apologetics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994. 

_____. Yes or No?: Straight Answers to Tough Questions about Christianity. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991. 

_____. A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999. 

Kurz, Fr. William. What Does the Bible Say about the End Times: A Catholic View. Cincinnati, OH: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications, 2004.

Lewis, C.S. The Case for Christianity. Old Tappan, NJ: Touchstone Books, 1996. {P}

Lunn, Arnold and Huldane, J.B.S. Science and the Supernatural. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1935.

Madrid, Patrick. Answer Me This. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2003. 

_____. Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine. Basilica Press / Simon and Schuster, 1996. 

_____. A Pocket Guide to Catholic Apologetics. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2006. 

_____. A Pocket Guide to Purgatory

_____. Does the Bible Really Say That?: Discovering Catholic Teaching in Scripture. Cincinnati, OH: Servant Publications and St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006. 

_____. Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths and Misconceptions about the Papacy. Rancho Santa Fe: Basilica Press, 2000. 

_____. Search and Rescue: How to Bring Your Friends and Loved Ones Into – Or Back Into the Church. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2001. 

_____. (ed.).Surprised by the Truth: Eleven Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic. San Diego: Basilica Press, 1994. (Volumes II and III also available through Sophia Institute Press). 

_____. Where is That in the Bible? Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1999. 

_____. Why is That in Tradition? Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2002. 

Madrid, Patrick, and Pete Vere. More Catholic than the Pope: An Inside Look at Extreme Traditionalism. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2004. 

Marks, Frederick. A Brief for Belief: The Case for Catholicism. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1999.

Miravalle, Mark. Introduction to Mary. Santa Barbara: Queenship Publishing, 1997.

_____. Meet Mary: Getting to Know the Mother of God. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2008. 

McDowell, Josh.The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict Fully Updated to Answer the Questions Challenging Christians Today. Grand Rapids: Nelson Reference, 1999. {P}

Most, Fr. William. Catholic Apologetics Today. Rockford, IL: Tan Books & Publishers, 1986. 

Nevins, Albert J. Answering a Fundamentalist. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1990.

Olsen, Karl. Will Catholics be Left Behind?: A Critique of the Rapture and Today’s Prophesy Preachers. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003. 

Ray, Stephen K. Crossing the Tiber. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1997.

_____. Upon this Rock I Will Build My Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999. 

Ramm, Bernard. Varieties of Christian Apologetics. Grand Rapids, Baker Academia, 1962. {P}

Romero, Fr. Mario. Catholic Pocket Evangelist: Biblical Outlines for Scripturally-Based Discussion of the Roman Catholic Faith. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1999.

_____. Unabridged Christianity. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1999.

Rumble, Rev. Dr. Leslie and Carty, Rev. Charles Mortimer. Radio Replies, 3 volumes. Rockford, IL: TAN Books, 1979.

Schreck, Alan. Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs. Cincinnati, OH: Servant Publications and Saint Anthony Messenger Press, 1984. 

Shea, Mark. By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic TraditionHuntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996.

Sheehan, Rev. Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine. Dublin: Gill and Son, 1959.

Spencer, Robert. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2005. 

_____. Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World’s Fastest Growing Faith. Encounter Books, 2003. 

Sproul, R.C., and John Gerstner, and Arthur Lindsay. Classical Apologetics: A Rational Defense of the Christian Faith and a Critique of Presuppositional Apologetics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984. {P}

Steichen, Donna. Prodigal Daughters. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1999.

Staples, Tim. Nuts and Bolts. San Diego: Basilica Press, 1999. 

Stravinskas, Fr. Peter. The Catholic Church and the Bible. Ignatius Press: San Francisco. 1996.

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. {P}

Sungenis, Robert. Not by Bread Alone: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 2000.

_____. Not By Faith Alone: The Biblical Evidence for the Catholic Doctrine of Justification. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1997.

_____. (Ed.). Not By Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura. Queenship Publishing: Goleta, CA, 1998.

Vitz, Paul. Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1974. 

Ward, Maisie and Sheed, Frank. Catholic Evidence Training Outlines. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1934. Reprinted in 1992 by Scepter Press, New Rochelle, NY.

Wiker, Benjamin. Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2002.