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Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic


• What led Dr. John Bergsma to become Catholic?
• What role did Scripture play in his conversion?
• How did he explain his conversion to his family?

CP 294

  • The Pope, devotion to Mary, confession … just where are these topics in the Bible? Why does the Catholic Church seem to focus on so many things that aren’t Scriptural?

    Or so thought former Protestant pastor John Bergsma.

    Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic is an engaging examination of the things Dr. Bergsma once considered obstacles to ever becoming Catholic himself. Over an eighteen-month spiritual journey, Bergsma was stunned again and again by the biblical support he found for even the stickiest teachings of the Catholic Church.

    Weaving his personal story into clear explanations of Catholic teachings as found in Scripture, Dr. Bergsma explores seven key Catholic doctrines, including:

    • The Pope
    • Devotion to Mary
    • Confession
    • The Eucharist
    • The priesthood
    • Belief in the Bible alone
    • Salvation by faith alone theologies

    Stunned by Scripture will help Catholics understand, defend, and explain the biblical basis for the Faith and show them how the Bible solidly supports even the most frequently misunderstood Catholic teachings.

    Paperback: 144 pages
    Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (February 6, 2018)

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Customer Reviews

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Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic

Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic

Dr. Bergsma's book is a very interesting book which I am only partly done with, but it is written in a conversational style that addresses the major criticisms that Protestants level against Catholicism - the pope, veneration of Mary and the saints, etc. It's all the more interesting because Dr. Bergsma knows the Protestant criticisms very well being a former minister so his deep understanding of the differences between Protestant conceptions of these topics and Catholic practice and custom as well as the Biblical source that provides foundation for our belief and practices regarding these topics make it a very interesting and enlightening read.
It is a compliment to Dr. Bergsma's ability that he has made the material straightforward for a reader to understand. Highly recommended.


I have learned more than I thought I already knew. This book should be read by anyone who calls themselves a Christian. Then they would be able to seriously consider how they should worship and where they should worship.

Stunned by Scripture

This is a great book. Dr Bergsma lays everything out so well and so easy to read.