Nearly all of us have had the conversation: a religious discussion with a Protestant in which we’re defending a Catholic belief such as confession or the Real Presence or salvation by faith and works.
“Where is that in the Bible?” comes the question. Underpinning this gambit is the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura—the idea that all Christian truth can be found in the Bible. (This concept itself cannot be found in Scripture—but that’s for another discussion.)
So what do you say? Unless you’re Tim Staples, you probably can’t quote chapter and verse. Luckily for all of us, Catholic Answers is deep into the development of an online tool that will be the best thing you’ve ever seen when challenged to back up your Catholic beliefs from Scripture: what we’re calling the Catholic Answers Bible Project.
“We creating a section on catholic.com that contains a list of topics accompanied by Bible verses you can use to defend Catholic teaching on that subject,” said Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers chief operating officer. “When you click on the verse, it will reveal a brief explanation of why it’s important and how to use it to defend the Faith. Beneath the explanation, there will be a list of common objections to the verse and how to counter those as well.”
This project will be rolled out in phases. In the near future, we plan to introduce ten new topics per quarter. Our first batch will include:
- The Bible alone?
- The communion of saints
- Intercessory prayer
- Mary (Mother of God)
- The papacy
- The Real Presence
It’s going to take time and money to make this project a reality, and this is where you come in.
We could use your help raising the funds needed to get this project off the ground. If you’d like to make a donation, navigate to the link below—and please give generously. We are confident that it will empower the hundreds of thousands of Catholics who come to our site every month to become better defenders of the Faith.
Support The Bible Project at give.catholic.com/bibleproject