The New American Bible, United States: Catholic Biblical Association, 1987.  The Catholic, English version of the most important book ever written.  This is the Bible that I use.  It is written in modern English and includes useful short commentary on each book as well as in text notes.


Bruce, F.F., The New Testament Documents:  Are They Reliable?, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1960.  Strong argument for the reliability of the New Testament.  Intermediate difficulty.

Currie, David B. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.  An defense of Catholic Christianity from the perspective of a converted Fundamentalist Christian.  It only really discusses Catholicism and a few flavors Fundamentalism.  Low difficulty.

Brown, Raymond E., An Introduction to the New Testament, New York: Doubleday, 1997.  A standard, moderate (as apposed to conservative) introduction to the New Testament.

Feuerbacher, Björn and Scranton, Ryan, Evidence for the Big Bang,,  Strong explanation and defense of the big bang.  High difficulty, unless you have prior experience with physics.  The more physics you know, the easier it is.

Finegan, Jack,  Handbook of Biblical Chronology, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998.  Useful reference book for understanding chronological problems in the Bible.  

Guthrie, Donald, New Testament Introduction, Leichester, England: Apollos; Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 1990.  A solid, conservative introduction to the New Testament.  Medium to high difficulty.

King, Kevin,, Useful commentary on several important Christian topics.  Low difficulty.

Kreeft, Peter, Catholic Christianity, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2001.  Follows the outline of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but is more mature and apologetic in its treatment.  Useful guide to Catholic teaching.  Medium Difficulty.

Kreeft, Peter, and Tacelli, Ronald K., Handbook of Christian Apologetics.  Downers Grove:  InterVarsity Press, 1994.  This is a very good summary of Christian and non-Christian views and a defense of the Christian views.  Intermediate difficulty.

Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1952.  Lewis's writing is filled with gems that make it worthwhile for any Christian to read.  His writing is not the best for non-Christians, because he tends to make implicit unsubstantiated assumptions that his arguments depend on.  Low difficulty.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed.,  Detroit: Thomson/Gale; Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 2003.  Good reference material for getting a first pass understanding of almost any issue or topic in the Catholic church.  It tends to leave you wanting more, though.

Nave, Dr. Orville and Swanson, James, New Nave's Topical Bible,, Bellingham, Washington: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997.  A topical index to the Bible, which is very useful for finding Biblical references on a given topic.

Ott, Dr. Ludwig, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1960.  A solid encyclopedia of the doctrines of the Catholic Church, showing their sources in scripture and tradition and their definitions by popes and councils.  A very good reference book for filling in holes in your knowledge.  Much more complete than my website will ever be.  Suitable mainly for Christians who already believe and who are not horribly distrustful of the Catholic Church.  The later you get in my site, the more my site depends upon this book.  Medium to high difficulty.

Smith, Mahlon H., A very good discussion of the synoptic problem.  It includes the quotes from the church fathers on the authorship of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  Medium to advanced difficulty.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church,  The official guide on the teachings of the Catholic Church.  It typically states and summarizes rather than defends and expounds, but it is the quickest official resource to determine what the teachings of the Catholic Church actually are.  Low to Medium difficulty.

Tripp, Dick,  A strong and complete defense of Christianity.  It is a similar in purpose and content to my page, though different in style and, in many cases, conclusions.  Low to moderate difficulty.  A handy guide which defends the teachings of the Catholic Church, especially against Christians who are not Catholic.  Low difficulty.  The writings of the church fathers, translated into English.  In many cases, there is no substitute for looking at the source documents when attempting to determine questions of authenticity.  Medium to high difficulty.

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