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Nothing in My Hand I Bring: Understanding Differences Between Roman Catholic and Protestant Believers

Ray Galea

Nothing in My Hand I Bring: Understanding Differences Between Roman Catholic and Protestant Believers

Ray Galea

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When Ray Galea submitted his life to Christ, he had a problem on his hands: Which church should he go to?

I did not want to assume that just because I was born a Catholic, this was by definition the right choice. I knew I could just as easily have been born a Baptist or a Mormon. So I spent the next six months reading and talking to priests and ministers to find out the differences between Catholics and Protestants. How did each of their teachings compare with the teaching of Jesus and the apostles?

This book is a kind of re-tracing of Ray's investigation, looking at the key issues which continue to divide Protestants and Catholics, and assessing them in light of the teaching of Scripture.

A challenging and invaluable book for Protestants and Catholics alike.

Contents:
1. Growing up Catholic
2. Which Catholicism?
3. Christ and the Mass
4. The Bible and the Church
5. The way of salvation
6. It's just grace
7. Mary
8. It is finished
Appendix: The new Catholicism

- Publisher.

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About "Nothing in My Hand I Bring: Understanding Differences Between Roman Catholic and Protestant Believers"

When Ray Galea submitted his life to Christ, he had a problem on his hands: Which church should he go to?

I did not want to assume that just because I was born a Catholic, this was by definition the right choice. I knew I could just as easily have been born a Baptist or a Mormon. So I spent the next six months reading and talking to priests and ministers to find out the differences between Catholics and Protestants. How did each of their teachings compare with the teaching of Jesus and the apostles?

This book is a kind of re-tracing of Ray's investigation, looking at the key issues which continue to divide Protestants and Catholics, and assessing them in light of the teaching of Scripture.

A challenging and invaluable book for Protestants and Catholics alike.

Contents:
1. Growing up Catholic
2. Which Catholicism?
3. Christ and the Mass
4. The Bible and the Church
5. The way of salvation
6. It's just grace
7. Mary
8. It is finished
Appendix: The new Catholicism

- Publisher.
- Koorong

Meet the Author

Ray Galea

Ray Galea (Senior Minister) of St Alban's Multicultural Bible Ministry (St Alban's MBM) a growing multicultural church in the west of Sydney. Our church is home to people from all cultures, styles and walks of life. We're united together as one big family, through a loving personal relationship with God.

Prior to attending Moore College, Sydney, Ray worked as a Social Worker in Wollongong for three years, specialising in Marriage and Family Counseling. Ray sees himself as having a special brief to work cross culturally among second generation Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people in the west of Sydney. He is the author of Nothing in my hand in Bring a response to Catholicism by one who grew up in a Catholic home, and God is Enough

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Winsomely explains why Protestants protest against Roman Catholicism
5 stars By Joel Radford, Aug 17 2012
Protestant titles on Roman Catholicism seem to swing to two extremes.  One extreme is that the author appears to be so favourable to Roman Catholicism that the book doesn't appear to be written by someone 'protesting' against Roman Catholicism.  The other extreme is that the author writes in such a heated and condemning manner that you certainly wouldn't be able to give the book to a Roman Catholic friend (and possibly not even able to give it to some of your Protestant friends!).

However Galea's book walks nicely between these two extremes.  He is careful to distinguish where Roman Catholicism is wrong, but does so winsomely.

After an initial chapter explaining his own Roman Catholic background and eventual acceptance of Protestantism, Galea begins to help the reader understand the crucial differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.  He includes chapters on:
(i) the Lord's supper (Mass);
(ii) authority of Scripture;
(iii) justification by faith alone;
(iv) grace;
(v) Mary.

One of the most important points Galea makes is that for Roman Catholics, religion is often more about belonging: 'Catholicism is as much, or sometimes more, about belonging than believing. You are born a Catholic, and as I used to be told, "Once a Catholic, always a Catholic".'  Whereas Protestant Christianity requires personal faith in the fundamental teachings of Scripture.  And it is using Scripture that Galea shows the errors of Roman Catholicism for those who are willing to believe, rather than simply belong.

On the whole the book is well written and quick to read.  Some may have a problem with its length, but it is not supposed to be a comprehensive survey of Roman Catholic dogma.  Rather it is a brief overview of an enormous subject.

If you're looking for a fair-minded book to help you understand why Protestants protest against the Roman Catholic faith, 'Nothing in my hand I bring' serves as a helpful introduction.
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Simple, but powerful
5 stars By Garth, Dec 13 2007
I found this a most excellent read, although I speak from the perspective of a former devoted Roman Catholic. The book is clear and simple outlining accurately RC doctrine and protestant doctrine. For the former the author uses a range of official documents, while for the latter he mostly quotes from the bible. The background for the whole book is the author's own personal story.

From the beginning he acknowledges that there is variation in beliefs within both protestantism and Roman Catholicism. His focus is mainstream protestantism and official Roman Catholocism. The first difference discussed is Christ and the Mass. This is also the longest chapter and probably reflects a belief that this is most central to RC. Other topics follow: The Bible and the Church; Salvation; Grace and Mary. There is also an appendix on The New Catholocism. Although touched on, possibly more could have been said about purgatory,the confessional, prayers for the dead and prayers to the saints, although this may have compromised the book's clarity, simplicity and readability.

The book is aimed at protestants to help them understand the differences in the two faiths, but at the same time it is a good short summary of the central protestant doctrines, perhaps made clearer by the contrast with Roman Catholocism. I would also highly recommend it as an excellent gift for protestants to give Roman Catholic friends, not so much to convert them, but as a clear and simple statement of their beliefs.  
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Great book
5 stars By Leah, Dec 05 2007
This book is very informative without being too complicated. It's great for anyone who's wondering what really is the difference between Catholics and Protestants (Anglicans, Baptists, Uniting, Presbyterians etc), or for those who think that we are basically believe the same thing. It's written mostly for Protestants, although, Ray also 'speaks' to Catholics who might be interested. 

Easy read, Highly recommended to anyone. 
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  • Catalogue Code 264323
  • Product Code 9781921068874
  • ISBN 1921068876
  • EAN 9781921068874
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Roman Catholicism
  • Publisher Matthias Media
  • Publication Date Oct 2007
  • Sales Rank #1379
  • Dimensions 220 x 206 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.148kg
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