Today, and in past centuries, thousands of people have struggled with that sometimes puzzling question. Unfortunately, there are often as many answers as there are people and churches in the world. But this book, which is the condensed version of the best-selling Not By Faith Alone: The Biblical Evidence for the Catholic Doctrine of Justification, will clear away the confusion and give you an understanding that you always knew possible but just needed the proper guidance to bring out. It is written especially for you: the beginner, the student, the housewife, the young adult, the non-scholarly layman. As with most things that are godly and true, the answer is really very simple. And if your mind and heart are open, this book will not only show you the way to heaven but it will also give you a new outlook on life on earth. After reading it, you will know what God expects of you and what will lead you to his heavenly mansion.
Robert Sungenis was raised in a Catholic family, but became a Protestant in 1975, aged 19. He held various posts (e.g., elder, preacher, adult Sunday school director) in several Protestant Churches including a two-year employment under Harold Camping of Family Radio. He obtained his B.A. in Religion from George Washington University in 1979, and an M.A. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1982. He obtained a non-accredited Ph.D. in Religious Studies in April 2006 from Calamus International University (CIU). With its corporate headquarters located in the British West Indies, CIU is a non-campus, distance-learning institute that is not recognized by any educational accrediting body in the United States or elsewhere Sungenis reverted to Catholicism in 1992 at the age of 37.
I am pleased that the important doctrine of Justification has received a thorough apologia as this book offers. It is especially gratifying to read so clear an account of a matter which has often been sadly confused in the rush of polemics.
- George Rutler, November 1996
"Robert Sungenis leaves nothing to chance, no stone unturned, no concession for any other reasonable argument."
- Fabian Bruskewitz, November 1996
"Only some books deserve to be called seminal and revolutionary. This book is surely one of them."
- Ronald Tacelli, November 1996