The Three Great Churches: Comparing the Beliefs of Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox

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How are the three great branches of Christianity different and why? Carefully researched and documented, The Three Great Churches provides clear comparative answers to this question and others like: - Does prayer for the dead do any good? - Which church is the oldest? - Does purgatory exist? Can priests forgive sins? - Should the apocrypha be in the Bible? - Are baptism and communion necessary to be saved? Written from an evangelical Protestant perspective, the book will also be useful to Catholics and Orthodox and all those seeking to better understand the differences in Christianity. This fourth edition includes discussion questions with an answer key, and an index. A Russian translation is also available. Soon to be available in French. The book cites official documents of the three great churches (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) in providing the reader with a clear comparison of the differences between the three branches of Christianity and the reasons for those differences. Subjects include: Prayer for the dead, purgatory, the apocrypha, holy fools, infant baptism, Mary, icons, the pope, the ecumenical councils, the filioque, holy places, candles, relics, priests, confession, hesychasm, Eucharist,salvation, prayer to saints, sign of the cross, celibacy, tradition, mystery, sacraments, theosis, chrismation, the liturgy, confirmation, church fathers, and more. Written clearly and understandably, it reads well and entertainingly from cover to cover. It includes unique research on the history of infant baptism and the apocrypha and descriptions of little known subjects like hesychasm, holy fire and theosis, while answering the major questions on traditional differences like the Bible and tradition, and faith vs. works. TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Kerby Rials is an ordained minister and missionary with the Assemblies of God to Belgium. He has pastored churches in Russia, the United States, and Belgium, and was an assistant pastor in Switzerland. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Mount Hope Bible Training Institute and is a student at Continental Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sheila, served as missionaries in Russia for 14 years and speak Russian and French. Rev. Rials wrote his comparitive analysis of the three great churches after many years of experience and research in Orthodox and Catholic countries.

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A Protestant s Guide to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy is a well-organized and balanced approach to understanding the three major branches of Christianity. A highly recommended tool for all serious students of Christianity. --C Donovan Barron, DTh Continental Theological Seminary Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium

The book is very practical. Have been teaching through it on Thursday nights to a class of my church members. It should be required reading for candidate ministers and in Bible Schools. --Rev. Steve Saunders, Washington, MI

An excellent book which I highly recommend. Even though I have been a serious student of the Bible for over thirty years, I have to say that I learned a lot from this book. The book covers a lot of topics in a concise manner with a multitude of footnotes. ...The author does a good job of laying out the differences and explaining ... where they differ in doctrine or practice. --B.H.Edwards, Haslett, MI

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