Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st Century Opponents

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"The great need today is to love our enemies into the saving power of Jesus Christ. How can we do that unless we know who they are? Many thanks to Al Kresta for showing us the field of our love with Dangers to the Faith." -- Bishop Earl Boyea , Diocese of Lansing, Michigan

"Al Kresta is like a powerful satellite for Catholics in this country. He picks up the signals of cultural trends and he beams us the message we need to take home." -- Scott Hahn , Professor of Biblical Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville

"In this primer on the intellectual potholes in our increasingly bizarre culture, Al Kresta helpfully scouts some of the roughest terrain on which the New Evangelization must contend for the soul of the West. Fasten your seat belt for a bumpy -- but essential -- ride through the wastelands." -- George Weigel, author of Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

"Al Kresta has saved you about 10,000 hours of study and research with this book. Read it." -- Matthew Kelly, founder of DynamicCatholic.com

"Dangers to Faith is for our century what Chesterton's Heretics and Belloc's Great Heresies was for the last century. It is a damning indictment and demonstrative demolition of the major errors of our age." -- Joseph Pearce, literary biographer, writer in residence Thomas More College

"Al possesses a unique array of talents: intelligent, articulate, witty and incredibly aware of those issues most pertinent to today s Catholics. If Al takes the time to write it, it is worth reading." -- Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University

"Al Kresta is one of the modern Church's most articulate, thoughtful and authentic minds. His book, Dangers to the Faith, is a superb analysis of the challenges not only to contemporary Catholicism but the whole of global civilization." -- Matthew Bunson, author Pope Francis, general editor of the Catholic Almanac

"Al Kresta's new book offers a tour through today's pretenders to spiritual superiority over Jesus Christ by a warrior who takes our age as a wonderful time to be alive." -- Michael Novak, Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute

"Al Kresta is as fearless as he is comprehensive, covering everything from Islam to New Age, from reincarnation to relativism to consumerism. Through it all, Al Kresta remains ... well, orthodox." -- Paul Kengor, Ph.D., professor of political science, Grove City College

"There is no lay person better qualified to address the threats to our Church than Al Kresta, who five days a week, two hours a day for many years has explained, proclaimed, and defended the Catholic faith on his Ave Maria radio broadcast. Kresta, in short, has become our nation's preeminent Catholic apologist." -- Deal W. Hudson, founder of Catholic Advocate, former publisher Crisis Magazine

"Dangers to the Faith is a serious, substantive, significant work of cultural apologetics. Al Kresta deserves much credit for providing such a long overdue taxonomy of toxicity a guide to what ails the body politic." -- Patrick Madrid, host of the Right Here, Right Now radio show

"Kresta communicates in an accessible, enjoyable style that edifies any truth-seeking reader. The book has already informed my teaching because it meets people where they are and leads them to the fullness of faith in Christ." -- John Love, S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Theology at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary

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A storm has been brewing in society and its treatment, views, and activities toward the Catholic Faith.

Some are subtle, others are more brazen -- New Age thought, questionable spirituality, "creedless" Christianity, relativism, scientific skepticism, the triumph of technology, and even the self-styled spirituality of Oprah Winfrey.

All these masquerade as "truth," making it tough for the average Catholic to know how to resist, let alone respond.

No one is more qualified to pull back the curtain on the challenges the Catholic Church faces today than Al Kresta, popular Catholic author, speaker, and radio show host. A revert to Catholicism, Kresta is well known for his rigorous examination of topics in art, religion, academia, and business.

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st Century Opponents is the perfect springboard for discussing the new world in which the Catholic Church exists today. Learn how to better carry out the missionary mandate of the Church. The question isn't whether you will be a witness to Christ, but whether you will be a "faithful" witness.

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"With Dangers to Faith, Al Kresta brings his gift for clear-eyed analysis to bear on specific ideas, trends and personalities and even idols that, having taken hold of public imagination, are creating formidable opposition to the church and the eternal truths she is charged to uphold." -- Elizabeth Scalia, Author of Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life and the blogger known as The Anchoress

"Al Kresta is one of the most insightful and intelligent commentators on the Catholic scene. In Dangers to the Faith, he exposes the sources of confusion and demolishes them one-by-one." -- Jimmy Akin, Senior Apologist, Catholic Answers

"I have been a fan of Al Kresta for years, listening to his insightful commentary and finding real wisdom in his analysis of current events. His book offers food for thought about the moral bankruptcy facing our culture as we have rejected Biblical truth.." -- Gary Bauer, former Presidential Candidate, president of American Values

"Far from offering an extended scholarly complaint, Dangers to the Faith graces readers with time-tested solutions rooted in the faith of his fathers. Kresta brings the same flawless logic, tireless research, and personal warmth to his new book as he does to his daily radio program." -- Ben Johnson, U.S. Bureau Chief of LifeSiteNews.com.

"In Dangers to the Faith Al has given all who love the Truth articulate and logical ways to answer the many false ideas and philosophies now passing through modernity as truth. One by one he shows them to be shallow houses built on sand." -- Dr. Ray Guarendi, best-selling author, psychologist, radio host of The Doctor Is In, and television host of Living Right with Dr. Ray

"There s a reason why Al Kresta is the eminence grise of American Catholic broadcasters: he has a preternatural knack for dissecting headlines and exposing the story behind the story. Here he gives us a clear-headed look at the big isms that have screwed up the world (and tainted the Church) and what to do about them." Patrick Coffin, Author and host of Catholic Answers Live

Al Kresta has answered How do we stand up against the constant attacks on Catholicism? brilliantly in Dangers to the Faith. This book should be right next to your Bible and Catechism -- Teresa Tomeo, bestselling Catholic author, syndicated talk show host

"In his remarkably wide-ranging yet completely accessible book, Al Kresta provides a compelling case for the logic of orthodoxy and the reasonableness of the Faith. Kresta has the gift of a common man s touch combined with a first class intellect." -- Fr. Robert Sirico, President, The Acton Institute

"Radio host Al Kresta wades into the culture wars with Catholic guns a-blazin'. With a clear vision of today's enemies of the Catholic faith, he helps us recognize our foes so we can engage in the battle for the faith with clarity and charity." -- Fr. Dwight Longenecker, parish priest, author of The Quest for the Creed, blogger, broadcaster, writer and speaker.

"The enemies of our Catholic faith have redesigned their masks and their devices. Kresta nimbly exposes them, reveals their intentions and methods and gives us a clear plan of action. Study it as a torch to light the way into a new century." -- Steve Ray, author, speaker, apologist, creator of the Footprints of God series

"Al Kresta provides ordinary Catholics with an accessible and clearly-written guide to how one should respond to many of the cultural and intellectual challenges that the Church is facing today." -- Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University. --Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University

"Al Kresta provides a vigorous defense of the church he loves, debunking scores of myths, both historical and current. His felicitous writing makes his analysis of the multidimensional threats to Catholicism a joy to read. Educational and entertaining, Kresta has hit all the right notes." -- Bill Donohue, Executive Director of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

"Brilliant, fascinating and timely In Dangers to the Faith Al Kresta urges us to truly learn our faith and enlightens us to twelve opponents or enemies to the Catholic faith. He warns us to recognize and acknowledge the dangers challenge them, and even love the enemy." -- Donna-Marie Cooper O Boyle, EWTN s TV host and author of numerous Catholic books

"Our world has become a chaotic marketplace of competing ideas with serious consequences. Dangers to Faith does a remarkable job of surveying and making sense of the chaos, showing the sources and patterns of thought that are shaping our culture in disturbing and dangerous ways." -- Paul Thigpen, author of The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come.

"Al Kresta has a knack for explaining religious debates in simple but lively language. I particularly enjoyed his explanation of how secular journalists and academic researchers (who should know better) are repeatedly seduced by fraudulent claims that support ancient heresies, when they pride themselves on being skeptics about any evidence that supports the ancient truths of the Christian faith." -- Phil Lawler, editor of Catholic World News

"Al Kresta s new book is a virtual lesson plan on how to recognize the dangers in religions new reality ...the 21st century 3Rs ...Relativism, Reductionism and Redefinition , it s a realistic look at a radical world view that challenges our core beliefs and contests daily for the very cultural soul of our nation" -- Doug Keck, COO of EWTN and Host of Bookmark

Al Kresta does more for the New Evangelization in a year than most of us will do in our lifetime. In Dangers to Faith, he takes us inside the threats facing Catholicism in the 21st century in a way that illustrates the more insidious obstacles to spreading the Faith. Read and learn. I certainly did. --Samuel Gregg, Director of Research, Acton Institute

Everyone knows the Catholic Church is wrong about nearly everything, so everyone is looking for answers to life s questions elsewhere: in exotic religions, in science elevated to a religion, in relativism, in consumerism, even in a refashioned Christianity that bears little resemblance to the historic thing. But none of these alternatives proves satisfying. This book points toward the one thing that will bring real fulfillment to the everyone who seeks it: the Catholic faith. -- Karl Keating, President, Catholic Answers

"We ignore Kresta s cogent and eloquent warning at our culture s extreme peril." --Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

"In defending the Catholic Church from its many detractors, Al Kresta succeeds in equipping all orthodox Christians, no matter their denomination, to resist the multi-faceted onslaught of secular humanism." -- Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University

"Al Kresta is one of today's most incisive Catholic commentators, and Dangers to Faith shows Kresta at the top of his form as a reporter and analyst. From reincarnation and New Age to evolutionism and militant secularism, Kresta turns the spotlight on a diverse gaggle of the 21st century's typical heresies." -- Russell Shaw, Washington correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor --Russell Shaw, Washington correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor

"Al Kresta demolishes the supposed historical arguments against Christian orthodoxy, and he does so by giving us the plain facts the essentials and never bogging down in the marshes of minutiae. This may be the most useful book you read this year." Mike Aquilina, prolific author and Executive Vice President of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

"Christianity is under attack and Christians must be prepared for the assault. In the midst of the melee, Al Kresta delivers a much needed strategy to disarm our opponents and, maybe even win their hearts for Christ. A must read." --Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., Author: Holy Sex! and host of More2Life Radio.

"As our cultural skies grow darker, the light of Christ becomes more visible. Al Kresta shines that light and shows us the way to the truth and love who is Christ in an increasingly dark and loveless world." --Mark P. Shea, author, Salt and Light: The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life

"In his new book, Al Kresta has provided the faithful with a concise but detailed examination of the most dangerous threats we face. The bad news is that too many souls have already suffered an ignominious fate by falling prey to one or more of them. The good news is that Catholicism as Al so lucidly points out remains the only hope of vanquishing these mortal threats to mankind." -- Jerry Usher, founder Third Millennium Media

With traditional Catholic values under attack in our radical secular society today, Al Kresta in his timely and insightful new book, Dangers to Faith, encourages us to "not be afraid" as Pope John Paul II so often courageously did and defend our faith in "the public square" -- Raymond L. Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston.

"Like a lens coming into focus, Dangers to Faith provides a clear vision of the pseudo spiritual and intellectual influences in our lives. Yet, rather than feeling dismay at an unraveling of society, Kresta presents the power and glory of our human destiny and leaves us feeling relieved." -- Patti Armstrong, author and co-editor of the Amazing Grace series

"In Dangers to Faith iconic radio personality Al Kresta puts a post-modern face on the enemies of the Church. He concludes that there is only one antidote to man s ageless pre-disposition to march into a black, bottomless abyss. It is an old formula, tested and proven. It is personal holiness." -- Brian Gail, consultant to Fortune 500 companies, author of the novels, Fatherless, Motherless, Childless

"Al Kresta is one of the most knowledgeable and informed Catholic commentators on the contemporary scene that we have today. If you want to be informed about the challenges the Church is facing today and be better equipped to confront them this is the book." -- Ralph Martin, President of Renewal Ministries, Director of Graduate Programs at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

"The timing of this book could not be more acute and astute. Catholics need to be educated and intellectually armed, and this does exactly that. Essential." -- Michael Coren, author, speaker, host of The Arena with Michael Coren

"Dangers to Faith is a must-have tool, from one of the leading defenders of the Church in our day. More than ever, as Al Kresta explains, dangers to our faith are in fact dangers to our very survival." -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

"I am thrilled that my friend and one of my heroes Al Kresta has written Dangers to the Faith. It is a missionary manual for all Catholics and other Christians who want to understand the mission field in order to be more effective missionaries." -- Deacon Keith Fournier, Constitutional Lawyer, Editor in Chief, Catholic Online --Deacon Keith Fournier, Constitutional Lawyer, Editor in Chief, Catholic Online

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