Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents

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Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents BY AL KRESTA OUR SUNDAY VISITOR, 304 PAGES, $14.95

Among Catholicism's opponents in popular apologist and radio personality A1 Kresta's Dangers to the Faith are New Age philosophy, Islam, scientism, consumerism, and relativism. He has no shortage of data to back up his analysis.

Indeed, his chapters contain an average of sixty-five citations each, demonstrating, for example, that the New Age movement continues to affect American culture through the do-ityourself, narcissistic approach to religion that it left behind even after itself fading from popularity. Or again, that there really are a growing number of people who find themselves believing in Eastern doctrines like reincarnation.

It is precisely these numerous references to outside sources that make Kresta's arguments compelling; he lets the facts speak for him. But sometimes he lets them speak so strongly that he loses his voice. At these points, the book can seem less like an argument and more like a fact sheet. …

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