In The Faith of Our Fathers, James Gibbons presents a plain and practical exposition and vindication of the principal tenets of the Catholic Church. He briefly defines Catholic doctrines and practices agreed upon by Protestants, and launches into discussion of the practices and beliefs in which Catholicism and Protestantism differ. Gibbons writes with the intention of establishing the truths of the Catholic faith to Protestants—who generally accepted Scripture as the only source of religious authority, so his writings draw heavily from Scripture.
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- Presents shared beliefs of Catholics and Protestants
- Draws from Scripture to create a defense of Catholicism
- Uses Protestant beliefs as a foundation for understanding Catholic practices
Praise for the Print Edition
The Faith of Our Fathers. . . by James Cardinal Gibbons, Catholic archbishop of Baltimore. . . sold more than 2 million copies in more than a hundred editions during its first forty years in print.
—The Cambridge History of Christianity, c.1815 – c.1914
. . .whatever differences of opinion may exist relative to the work as a vindication of the Catholic Church, there can be none in respect of the exposition of its tenets; for the reverend bishop has given a very clear, lucid and intelligible résumé of Roman Catholic doctrines and belief, symbols, forms of worship, etc., which no one can read without profit to one’s self and increased respect for the Church of which it is an exponent
—The National Quarterly Review, vol. 44
The secret of its success appears to be contained in its being thoroughly actual—that is to say, brought close up to the reason and thoughts of men of the present day. It is written in a plain and pleasing style, and is homely in its explanations. One of the most beautiful chapters is on the Blessed Virgin, a subject of special difficulty to Protestants, and it is handled in a way eminently likely to smooth away Protestant prejudice.
—The Dublin Review, Third Series, vol. 4
- Title: The Faith of Our Fathers
- Author: James Gibbons
- Publisher: John Murphy Company
- Publication Date: 1904
- Pages: 410
About James Gibbons
James Gibbons was an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Gibbons was the bishop of Richmond for six years before becoming the archbishop of Baltimore for the remainder of his life. In 1886, James Gibbons became the second American to receive the honor of being elevated to cardinalate. Gibbons wrote a number of works, including Our Christian Heritage, The Ambassador of Christ, Discourses and Sermons, and A Retrospect of Fifty Years.