Books

Cover of the "mythical" booklet "Trail of Blood"

What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct?

There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the true Christians — the Baptists — leaving behind a trail of blood.

I used to believe this premise and now that I have looked more carefully I wrote an article about this booklet and this the idea Baptists are the true Christians that have survived Catholic attempts to destroy them. Here is how my article begins:

“When Baptists attempt to discover the origins of their tradition they are faced with a historical dilemma. The search for Baptists roots hits a dead end in the sixteenth century. Most acknowledge that Baptist tradition is a tributary flowing out of the Protestant Reformation, but others attempt to discover a line of historical continuity, of doctrine and practice, back to Jesus and even John the Baptist. These Baptists are commonly referred to as “Baptist Successionists”. . . “

-For my full article on the Trail of Blood, click here (pdf).
-For other articles and references, click here.
-For more such articles and letters, click here.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.15 AMI remember handing out those cartoon Chick Tracts when I was a Protestant. As uninformed as I was, I liked the simplicity and brashness of the little booklets. Now I know how crude and deceptive they were. Jack Chick just died and Jimmy Akin wrote a bit about it.  

First Jimmy writes about Nine Things To Know About Jack Chick, and second he wrote of his meeting with Chick. You can read that story below. Jimmy wrote, 

Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.33.58 AMAs far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him.

Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue of This Rock (now Catholic Answers Magazine).

For decades the cartoon tracts of Jack T. Chick have fascinated and horrified. Their pages contain the most extreme, paranoid conspiracy theories imaginable. Among other things, Chick publications will tell you that:

  • the Catholic Church keeps “the name of every Protestant church member in the world” in a “big computer” in the Vatican for use in future persecutions (see his tract My Name . . . In the Vatican? );
  • through the Jesuits, the Vatican runs an extensive conspiracy that includes the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, international bankers, the Mafia, the Club of Rome, the Masons, and the New Age movement, among others (Four Horsemen);
  • the Catholic conspiracy also includes creating venomously anti-Catholic movements such as Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Islam (The Big BetrayalThe Godfathers: Alberto Part ThreeThe Force: Alberto Part FourThe Prophet: Alberto Part Six).

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.32 AMChick’s material is weirdly compelling. It is amateurish, lurid, ham-fisted, and viciously hateful at times. But it is intense, and something about that intensity makes people want to read it. His tracts generate a kind of bizarre fascination. Since he first began publishing them, Chick has distributed over half a billion, making him the most published comic book author in the world.

Yet little is known of him. The seventy-nine-year-old Chick is a recluse. His office does not give tours, he never allows his photo to be taken, and he never, ever gives interviews. Little is known about him beyond what is revealed in the biography on his web site, www.chick.com.

For the rest of Jimmy’s story, click here.

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Have Kids? Know Kids? Do They Know about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy?

September 22, 2016

It is not always easy to pass the Faith on to the next generation and we can use all the help we can get. Ken Davidson has produced a lot of things to share with our kids. He has a new product in his Holy Heroes that will help kids understand and practice the Works […]

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Nice Review of my Book “Crossing the Tiber”

June 15, 2016

The diocese of Tyler Texas has a beautiful glossy magazine and this issue is about apologetics. Excellent magazine. This month has a review of my book Crossing the Tiber and Hahn’s book Rome Sweet Home. The priest who wrote the article says these are “books to give away” and tells how he buys them for […]

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“Catholics Come Home” Book now available

February 22, 2016

Catholics Come Home’s Tom Peterson has a special offer: Catholics Come Home Book Now $1.99!  Today, for a limited time, you can purchase the Kindle eBook edition of my popular evangelization book, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life, for just $1.99! That’s more than 80% off the normal price!  What if you […]

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Books for Lovers

February 15, 2016

Last night I gave a talk to a large group of couples for Valentine’s Day. The title of the talk was “Men, Women, Sex and Heaven.” In a few days we will post add this talk to my Store as an MP3 file for download. I promised the group that I would post a list […]

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Is there Evidence for Jesus outside the Bible?

January 4, 2016

Some people think Jesus is a mythical figure like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Others think Jesus might be historical but only mentioned in the Bible is the only source of information on the existence of Jesus. They question whether Jesus really existed as a real historical figure. Is the Bible the only source […]

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Tears Reading Happy-Sad-Emotional Story to the Grandkids; and Saving a Bird

April 5, 2015

Families are great and so are great stories. One of our favorite authors is W. Wilson Rawls who only wrote two books but they are both treasures — especially for reading aloud to kids.  The first of Rawls’ books we read a year or so ago was entitled Where the Red Fern Grows. What a great […]

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Great New Didache Bible from Ignatius Press

January 24, 2015

The Didache Bible Is Here, By Dr. Jeff Mirus This Bible uses the Second Edition of the Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard Version, widely regarded as the best translation available today. This means it was last revised according to the principles promulgated in Liturgiam Authenticam in 2001. The printing is well done—clean, clear and easy to […]

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Summer Picks – Books Steve Uses on Verbum Software

July 28, 2014

When Verbum asked me what books I would recommend for summer reading, it was easy to come up with some great titles. I use Verbum every day, and there are certain books I use over and over again. The books are all interconnected, so while you could sit and read any of the books I picked (they’re […]

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Islam: Not Peace, but a Sword

April 26, 2013

Why didn’t interfaith dialogue prevent the Boston jihad bombings? “…the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims…” — Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013 Why didn’t that “inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims” in the Boston area, which is where McManus is, prevent the Boston jihad […]

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Special Offer for the Year of Faith

March 7, 2013

Jesse Ray here. We just finished producing my dad’s newest recorded talk on CD. Proclaiming the Gospel: Back Then – And All Over Again. It is available now for a special price along with his popular book called Faith for Beginners – Understanding the Creeds.  Sample 1 | Sample 2 Click HERE to learn more.

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My Two Books to Help Understand the Papacy and the Process

February 12, 2013

Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. (Click on book image to learn more or to purchase) He tackles the tough issues […]

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Excellent Summary and Explanation of the Pope’s New Book on The Infancy Narratives of Jesus

December 27, 2012

Not only a good summary of “The Infancy Narratives of Jesus of Nazareth” but also of the Pope’s thought in general. A short, crisp enjoyable read – especially over Christmas. Click here for the article in Catholic World Report.

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Update on Stuff :-)

April 21, 2012

First, we are in Amsterdam ready to board our connector to Israel. We will attend a friend’s wedding in Nazareth and then take our bus to Tel Aviv to pick up our 81 pilgrims. This pilgrimage is sponsored by Ave Maria (with Teresa Tomeo) and Priests for Life (with Executive Director Janet Morana). Watch for […]

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