Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

Why I Am Catholic and You Should Be Too With atheism on the rise and millions tossing off religion why would anyone consider the Catholic Church Brandon Vogt a bestselling author and the content director for Bishop Robert Barron s Word on

  • Title: Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)
  • Author: Brandon Vogt
  • ISBN: 9781594717673
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With atheism on the rise and millions tossing off religion, why would anyone consider the Catholic Church Brandon Vogt, a bestselling author and the content director for Bishop Robert Barron s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, shares his passionate search for truth, a journey that culminated in the realization that Catholicism was right about a lot of things, maybe even eWith atheism on the rise and millions tossing off religion, why would anyone consider the Catholic Church Brandon Vogt, a bestselling author and the content director for Bishop Robert Barron s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, shares his passionate search for truth, a journey that culminated in the realization that Catholicism was right about a lot of things, maybe even everything His persuasive case for the faith reveals a vision of Catholicism that has answers our world desperately needs and reminds those already in the Church what they love about it A 2016 study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 25 percent of adults 39 percent of young adults describe themselves as unaffiliated with any religion Millions of these so called nones have fled organized religion and many have rejected God altogether Brandon Vogt was one of those nones When he converted to Catholicism in college, he knew how confusing that decision was to many of his friends and family But he also knew that the evidence he discovered pointed to one conclusion Catholicism is true To his delight, he discovered it was also exceedingly good and beautiful.Why I Am Catholic traces Vogt s spiritual journey, making a refreshing, twenty first century case for the faith and answering questions being asked by agnostics, nones, and atheists, the audience for his popular website, StrangeNotions, where Catholics and atheists dialogue With references to Catholic thinkers such as G K Chesterton, Ven Fulton Sheen, St Teresa of Calcutta, and Bishop Robert Barron, Vogt draws together lines of evidence to help seekers discover why they should be Catholic as an alternative.Why I Am Catholic serves as a compelling reproposal of the Church for former Catholics, a persuasive argument for truth and beauty to those who have become jaded and disenchanted with religion, and at the same time offers practicing Catholics a much needed dose of confidence and clarity to affirm their faith against an increasingly skeptical culture.

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    1. As a massive fan of Bishop Robert Barron, one of my current-day intellectual heroes, I've come to know Brandon Vogt's name for his work on Wordonfire (for which he is Content Director) and many other great catholic media, including Strangenotions, that he founded.I think "Why I am Catholic" is extraordinary in that it summarizes very complex matters in passionate and easily digestible chapters. As an intellectually curious catholic myself, I found some content that I was already familiar with, a [...]

    2. There are lots of books that outline all the reasons one should give up atheism or other religions and become Catholic and with good reason: Because the path to the Catholic faith has its origins in many places and winds its way through a myriad of obstacles, challenges, and objections.Brandon Vogt—one of the smartest, engaging, and energetic young Catholics out there—has written a new book, “Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too),” that offers his own take on why one should consider [...]

    3. Vogt didn't write this book for cradle Catholics, which I am. I still gladly accepted the ARC because I'm a huge fan of Word of Fire, the podcast he hosts with Bishop Barron. The book is simple, straightforward, and short. He goes over the reasons he found Catholicism compelling as an engineering major in college and addresses many of the misconceptions surrounding the faith. Overall, it's a good primer for those interested in Catholicism but not ready to tackle books by classic theologians like [...]

    4. I was a Catholic nerd as a teenager, reading every Peter Kreeft book and listening to every Scott Hahn cassette I could get my hands on. Brandon Vogt's recent work, "Why I Am Catholic (and You Should be Too)", is a smooth, intelligible summary of all that led me to choose for myself the faith my parents raised me with. It combines the best aspects of personal testimony and Catholic apologetics into a book that's easy to read and leaves you nodding your head in agreement, often surprised by the c [...]

    5. There are a lot of good things about the book. I think the best thing about it is how it is organized; Vogt's book is split into parts based on the true, the good, and the beautiful. Though Vogt shares portions of his personal faith journey and conversion, the book primarily focuses on providing information. This allows the book to find a good balance between personal testimony and apologetics. I loved that he synthesized information from a variety of sources so he had things like data and theo [...]

    6. Several years ago, during an ecumenical Bible study group, one of my Protestant friends put me on the spot. "Man, you love Jesus," he said. "And, you know the Good Book. So, why are you Catholic?!" I was dumbfounded. No one ever asked me that question before. And, frankly, I always thought the answers were self evident. Apparently, they are not. I wish I could say that I gave such a profound response that my friend immediately ran out to enroll in an RCIA class. Instead, I muttered something abo [...]

    7. This book has a very specific target audience (in my opinion) and those in that target audience will benefit the most from it and find it the most compelling. I would say that individuals in the age range of 16-20 would be that target audience. Nevertheless, anyone can pick this book up and give it a quick read. The substance is not terribly complicated (rather simple actually) yet manages to intrigue. It is well written (clarity emphasized over technicality), making for a quick and easy read. I [...]

    8. Worth the readBrandon Vogt shares his journey of discovery of the rich treasure of the Catholic Faith. Even cradle Catholics can benefit from reading this honest review of what this young man discovered as he wrestled with his questions and objections while searching for a faith worth living and a community in which he could feel at home living it. The book itself also offers a number of suggestions for going deeper.

    9. This past spring back to back I read this book and Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love by Trent Horn. In some ways there is a number of similarities, and both speak specifically about the example of Saint Damien of Molokai. This book really struck a chord with me when I read it. I could immediately think of some lapsed Catholics who would benefit from reading it. I also thought of some friends who I believe will eventually find their way home to Rome. And as a revert myself [...]

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