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Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God
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Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God

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Emmaus Road 1998

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Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God by Scott Hahn and Leon J. Suprenant explains the teachings of the Catholic Church in a way that allows the reader to see the “big picture”: our heavenly Father’s loving plan to save us. Biblical, dynamic, and very readable, Catholic for a Reason presents God the Father’s plan as the “family plan” revealed by Christ.

This volume will help Catholics and non-Catholics alike develop a better understanding of the Church, the Mother of God, and the Mass. The Logos Bible Software edition of Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God is designed to bring you a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and its traditions. With Logos, every word is essentially a link. That means double-clicking on any Scripture reference brings you straight to the original language text or your preferred English translation. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the subject—making this book ideal for Catholic studies.

Key Features

  • Addresses various Catholic traditions
  • Provides a biblical basis for Catholic doctrines and theology
  • Shows the importance and significance of certain aspects of Catholic tradition


  • The Mystery of the Family of God
  • His Story Is Your Story
  • Divine Revelation: How God’s Plan Is Known by Us
  • The Church as the Family of God
  • Justification as Divine Sonship: Is “Faith Alone” Justifiable?
  • Born Again: What the Bible Teaches about Baptism
  • The Family that Learns Together, Yearns Together: The Liturgy as Family Pedagogy
  • The Heart of the Home: Jesus in the Eucharist
  • Scripture’s Revelation of Mary
  • The Priest as Spiritual Father
  • The “Real Presence” of the Marriage Bond
  • Sacraments of Healing: A Return from Exile and a Healing of Heart
  • The Burning Truth about Purgatory

Praise for the Print Edition

Catholic for a Reason vibrates with the energy of the authors’ faith. This book is simultaneously defense of the faith and witness to the faith.

—Douglas O. Bushman, assistant director, Institute for Pastoral Theology, Ave Maria University

This is one of the most exciting books of theology or apologetics I have seen in years. It is not the usual fare: neither warmed-up leftovers nor foreign foods indigestible by the Catholic stomach, but ‘strong meat’ full of spiritual vitamins. Its central idea of ‘the family of God’ turns out to be central to every aspect of the Catholic faith, and no idea is more fundamental to our current crisis and ‘culture war’ than this one.

Peter Kreeft, author, Catholic Christianity

As a lifelong Catholic I always admired the fervor of many evangelicals, but I was puzzled by their selective use of Scripture and lack of awareness of the teaching of the Church in the first centuries. I have found this fine book a great help to my own understanding of Catholic apologetics as well as a valuable insight into evangelical thinking. As so often happens, the converts teach the cradle Catholics so very much about appreciating our own faith.

—Benedict J. Groeschel, executive director, The St. Francis House

A Japanese proverb says, ‘If your only tool is a hammer, you will tend to approach every problem as if it were a nail.’ But like a wise masterbuilder, Dr. Scott Hahn has helped give the Church not just one, but eleven new tools . . . to deal with these challenges. Catholic for a Reason is not just a tool chest—it’s a treasure chest.

Patrick Madrid, editor-in-chief, Envoy magazine

Product Details

  • Title: Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God
  • Editors: Scott Hahn and Leon J. Suprenant
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 310

About the Editors

Scott Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and video by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics reembrace the Catholic faith. He is currently a professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and he’s the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home. Scott received his BA in theology, philosophy, and economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD in biblical theology from Marquette University. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Leon J. Suprenant is the president of Catholics United for the Faith and the editor of Lay Witness, a monthly magazine for lay Catholics. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.