Catholic Apologetics books that explain and defend the truth of Catholic teaching


1.      Catechism of the Catholic Church (contains official Church teaching) or try the Compendium of the Catechism (the shorter version of the real Catholic catechism)

2.      2.   Journeys Home (collection of conversion stories to the Catholic faith, including many Protestant clergyman who faced losing their jobs as a result)

3.      3.    The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism (Author Mark Brumley, a convert himself, looks at Lutheran and Calvinist theology with an ecumenical and sympathetic tone) First check out this Article by Author Mark Brumely

4.      The Faith of Our Fathers by James Cardinal Gibbons

5.      5.   No Price Too High by former Baptist minister Alex Jones

6.      The Salvation Controversy (James Akin's thorough treatment of justification from the Catholic and Calvinist views)

7.      The Bible Answer Man Debate: Listen to this famous debate of Jimmy Akin (Catholic) vs. James White (evangelical Protestant debater) (tapes or CDs….one of the best Catholic vs. Protestant debates out there….a model of what Christian debating should be)

8.      This is the Faith: A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith (by Canon Francis Ripley)

9.      The Catholic Controversy by St. Francis de Sales (this is  a classic by a Catholic Reformer of the 16th century. It converted thousands in France back to the Catholic faith from Calvinism)

10.  Catholicism - Now I Get It! by Claire Smith

11.  Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons (Rod Bennett)

12.  Can I Confess by E-Mail? What Catholics May and May Not Do

13.  Catholic Evidence Training Outlines: A Classic Guide to Understanding and Explaining the Truths of the Catholic Church (Frank Sheed & Maisie Ward, forward by Scott Hahn)

14.  Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic (by David B. Currie)

15.  Catholicism and Fundamentalism (by Karl Keating)

16.  Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (by Ludwig Ott)

17.  Beginning Apologetics I: How to Explain & Defend the Catholic Faith (booklet by Father Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham)

18.  Beginning Apologetics III: How to Explain and Defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. (by Father Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham)

19.  Where we got the Bible: Our debt to the Catholic Church (by Henry G. Graham)

20.  Upon this Rock: St Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church by Stephen K. Ray

21.  Faith Alone: Is it Justifiable? (by Dr. Scott Hahn)

22.  Nuts and Bolts: A Practical Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith (by Tim Staples)

23.  Controversies: High-Level Catholic Apologetics
by Karl Keating)

24.  Surprised by Truth (by Patrick Madrid)

25.  Rome Sweet Home (by Scott & Kimberly Hahn)

26.  By What Authority: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (by Mark Shea)

27.  Where Is That in the Bible? (Patrick Madrid)

28.  Why is That in Tradition? (Patrick Madrid)

29.  21 Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura (a $3 booklet)

30.  Beginning Apologetics 6: How to Explain and Defend Mary (by Father Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham)

31.   The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (Dr. Scott Hahn)

32.  A Father Who Keeps His Promises (Dr. Scott Hahn)

33.  Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God (essays by Scott Hahn and others)

34.  The Mass of the Early Christians (Mike Aquilina)

35.  Catholic Apologetics Today (Rev. William G. Most….advanced)

36.  Humanists and Reformers: A History of the Renaissance and Reformation (Bard Thompson)

37.  How the Reformation Happened (Hilaire Belloc….advanced)

38.  What Catholics Really Believe: 52 Answers to common Misconceptions About the Catholic Faith (Karl Keating)

39.  The Catholic Church and the Bible (Peter M.J. Stravinskas)

40.  The Faith of the Early Fathers: Volumes 1, 2, 3 (William A. Jurgens….this is a compilation of passages from Pre-Nicene and Nicene Christian writings…..jam-packed with quotes)

40. One Shepherd One Flock (Oliver Barres)

41. One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic: The Early Church was The Catholic Church (Kenneth D. Whitehead)

42. The Usual Suspects (Karl Keating)

  1. Apologetics Bible Cards: Set 1:  Mary Tradition Papacy Works Etc       Set 2: Sacraments
  2. A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (Dave Armstrong)
  3. More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (Dave Armstrong)
  4. Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked (Dave Armstrong)
  5. Pope Fiction (Patrick Madrid)
  6. Grace, Predestination and the Salvific Will of God (Rev. William G. Most)
  7. The Consciousness of Christ (Rev. William G. Most)
  8. Catholic Answers Tracts
  9. Crossing the Tiber Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church (Stephen K. Ray)
  10. Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the Early Christians Did (Mark P. Shea)
  11. Inquisition by Edward Peters (deals with true history and false myth)
  12. History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland by William Cobbett
  13. Catholic Replies by James J. Drummey (800 questions on confession, purgatory, death penalty, birth control, women priests, angels, etc.)
  14. Why do Catholics…? by Paul Stenhouse ($4.95)
  15. Why Do Catholics Genuflect? by Al Kresta (And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church)
  16. The Bible & Birth Control  by Charles D. Provan
  17.  Eucharistic Miracles (Joan Carroll Cruz)
  18. Controversies: High Level Catholic Apologetics by Karl Keating
  19. The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism by Louis Bouyer
  20. Roots of the Reformation by Karl Adams

49. There We Stood, Here We Stand: 11 Lutherans Rediscover their Catholic Roots

  1. How Firm a Foundation (Marcus Grodi…the only fiction novel on this list)
  2. The Scriptural Roots of Catholic Teaching by Chantal Epie
  3. The Privilege of Being Catholic by Fr. Oscar Lukefahr
  4. This is My Body by Mark Shea
  5. Predestination by Fr. Reginald Garigou-Lagrange
  6. More Christianity—a friendly explanation of the Catholic faith for Evangelical Christians. (By Dwight Longenecker, graduate of Bob Jones University)
  7. Radio Replies by Leslie Rumble and Charles M. Carty: A 3-volume comprehensive set with 4,374 replies to questions about Catholicism (incluces The Church & the Bible, The Church and its dogmas, the Church and its moral teachings, the Church in its worship, the Church & social welfare,  etc.)
  8. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents.
  9.  One in Christ: A Bible Study on Galatians (set of 5 audiotapes – Tim Staples Live)
  10.  “Welcome to the Catholic Church”  CD-Rom
  11. Beginning Apologetics 7: How to Read the Bible
  12. Beginning Apologetics 8: How to Defend and Explain End Times
  13. Catholicism - Now I Get It! by Claire Furia Smith
  14. Mary the Second Eve by John Henry Newmann
  15. Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn
  16. The Crusades by Hilaire Belloc
  17. The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc
  18. Vatican II in Plain English
  19. History of Penance by Oscar D. Watkins
  20. The Facts About Luther by Patrick O’Hare
  21. The Early Church by Henry Chadwick
  22. The Apostolic Fathers by Fr. Jack Sparks
  23. The Shape of Catholic Theology byAidan Nichols
  24. On Being Catholic AND Evangelical is Not Enough by Thomas Howard
  25. Three books by G. K. Chesteron: 1. Collected Works, Volume 3      2) Orthodoxy      3) The Everlasting Man
  26. John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua (the famous conversion story – Anglican to Catholic)

That was the list. Here are some optional books for dessert.


G. K. CHESTERTON’s Famous Books are now printed in full online.  He converted from non-believer to Anglicanism to the Catholic faith. He debated atheists such as the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw)

The Catholic Church and Conversion


Everlasting Man: This is the book that inspired C.S. Lewis to convert to Christianity from atheism!

Essay: “Upon This Rock

The rest of G.K. Chesterton’s books and essays


Another Free Online Book:Things

 Catholics are Asked About

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN’S WRITINGS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED ONLINE! (You may recall that Newman converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith after his famous scholarly research that traced each doctrine all the way back to the Apostolic times. He intended to prove the consistent development of Anglican doctrines, but found that only Catholic doctrines fit the test.)

Books by Topic



Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers by Maxwell Stanforth


The Fathers of the Church by Mike Aquilina


Books on the Mass and the Eucharist

    1. The Hidden Manna  by Fr. James T. O’Connor
    2. Worthy Is the Lamb: The Biblical Roots of the Mass by Thomas Nash
    3. How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist by Michael Dubriel
    4. The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You
    5. Know Him in the Breaking of the Bread by Fr. Francis Randolph
    6. Our Splendid Eucharist: Reflections on Mass and Sacrament by Raymond Moloney, S.J.
    7. God is Near Us: The Eucharist: The Heart of Life by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the pope!)
    8. Understanding the Sacraments by Fr. Peter Stravinskas
    9. If Your Mind Wanders at Mass by Thomas Howard
    10. Adoration: Eucharistic Prayers throughout Church History, edited by Daniel Guernsey
    11. Liturgical Question Box by Msgr Peter Elliott
    12. Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament by Thomas Howard


All books by Dr. Scott Hahn, graduate of Gordon Conwell

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