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Leah wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a non-Christian. I was raised in an evangelical house where my father was a pastor.

I was mistreated and abandoned Christianity when I left home at 18. Since then, I've earned a Master in Classics (Ancient History) and I am very critical of most evangelical churches and Protestants, in general.

In my own studies and reading of ancient sources, I find myself interested in Roman Catholicism.
Yes, there are some individuals and some statements I dislike but, on the whole, I have a respect for the Roman Church which is rare, coming from me; I do not give praise very often, if ever.

I am in my early 40s, single with no children and have never had the desire to marry. I have no desire for the religious life but I am interested in the Church.

I am trying to have a better grasp of the filioque controversy.

  • Do you recommend any books?

I have read both of Pope Benedict XVI's books on Jesus. Well written, and excellent.

  • Where do I go from here to see more of the Church?

— Leah

  { Can you suggest any books that would clarify the filioque controversy and where do I go for more? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Leah —

Thanks for the question.

You said:
I am trying to have a better grasp of the filioque controversy.

This posting will help; it has other issues of interest, as well. In Paul's first reply, he address's the filioque issue.

These web pages from our colleagues at Catholic Answers should help as well:

The questioner Al, in his first reply gives some very good sources for learning more about the Church. In it he stated:

I very much appreciate your work, on my behalf, to answer unanswered questions. I study each reply I get. Our parish priest is so busy I cannot get replies from him.

Karl's book was the first one I read. I have since read ones from:

I've also learned much from:

  • web sites like New Advent - the Catholic Encyclopedia and
  • videos that Dr. Hahn made on Mariology related subjects.

I bought the Ignatius Press New Testament Commentary and am currently reading it with notes.

We would also recommend, especially for a non-Christian, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Compendium is great because the whole book is in a question and answer format.

Also try:

Hope this helps,


Mary Ann replied:


Thanks for the question.

I am sorry for your abuse and commend you on your studies.

As for where to go next, I would read the Catechism of the Catholic Church along with its companion volume of citations.

Someone else on our panel would be more informed about the best sources for the filioque controversy, but once you discover the Church Christ founded, and to which He gave His Spirit,
it will be no trouble to accept that Church's word.

Mary Ann

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