It’s a simple question but not an easy one to answer quickly. It requires an approach that goes beyond arguments from Scripture or history about this or that Catholic teaching. Yet, since the people who ask it often have little or no experience with religion, the answer also needs to begin with simple truths to which everyone can relate. To give a good answer, most of us need some help.
No wonder that people so often ask us, “What’s the one book I can give to a friend or family member to help him see the big picture of the Faith?”
Our apologist Trent Horn heard the question so many times that he decided to write that book. I wanted to write a book that you could give to anyone,” Trent said. “Whether you’re an atheist, a lapsed Catholic, or a practicing Catholic, you can read Why We’re Catholic and learn something from it.”
Trent uses plain language, helpful analogies, and real-life stories throughout. No dry academic text here! He also employs what he calls a “funnel” structure—wide at the top with questions like “Why do we believe in anything?” and “Why do we believe in God?” and then slowly narrowing as he helps the reader understand divine revelation, truths about Christ, and distinctively Catholic doctrines and moral teachings.
Here’s that book—the one book about the Faith that you can give to literally anyone: friends and family, those of other faiths, believers, and even non-believers.
"Catholic Answers has carried out a wonderful, apologetic ministry explaining, defending, and advancing the mission of the Church for many years. Trent Horn's Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love is the latest and very useful tool in that work: clear, practical, simply organized, very readable and rich in content. It's a pleasure to recommend it."
—Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Whoever loves Christ wants to make Him known. But we can only make Him known if we live our faith and can put it into words. Trent Horn's Why We’re Catholic helps us do precisely that. This book is made for the challenges of our times--I highly recommend it."
—Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix
"Finally! A concise, courteous, and convincing booklet to hand to friends and strangers about the reasonableness of Catholicism."
“If you’ve ever wondered why Catholics believe what they do, Trent’s book is the ideal resource to find the answers. With great clarity and charity, he walks the reader through the most common objections and questions people have about Catholicism. Whether you’re a Catholic looking to deepen your faith or you’re curious about the claims made by the Church, you need to read Why We’re Catholic.”
—Jason Evert, author of Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves
"I’ve often said that Trent Horn is the best Catholic apologist alive today, and now he’s written the book that screams “where have you been all my life?" — the simplest, most thorough, most accessible answers to practically every question and objection that atheists, agnostics, secularists, Protestants, and even fellow Catholics may have regarding Catholicism. Why We’re Catholic must find a home on every Catholic’s bookshelf; I promise you, it will gather no dust."
—Leila Miller, author of Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak Out
“Why do you believe in God? Why are you Catholic? Why do you pray to the Saints? Why, why, why? Rather than view these questions as an attack, I like to think of them as opportunities to share the "Good News". In his new book, Why We're Catholic, Trent Horn gives you the insight to answer the difficult questions and truly make a difference in the lives of others. It has a permanent place on my bookshelf. It would fit nicely on yours too!”
—Gary Zimak, Catholic speaker, author and radio host
“Let’s face it: some books about Catholicism are overly academic and boring . . . but not this one! Trent’s writing is clear, easy, engaging, and a reminder of the reason for our hope. It should inspire non-Catholics and reignite in Catholics the love for our faith.”
—Rose Sweet, Catholic author and speaker
“In Why We’re Catholic, Trent Horn successfully debunks many of the myths and logical fallacies of atheism and anti-Catholicism. Laying out his arguments in a clear and well-organized flow from one chapter to the next, he brings the reader along, anticipating questions, and giving satisfying answers to all the most common objections. After reading this book, a skeptic will be out of arguments against the Church.”
—James L. Papandrea, author of Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians