Recommended Reading

Disclaimer: These Books have been selected by Defend Truth Ministries to give the reader a greater theological and historical understanding of Roman Catholicism. We would heartily recommend them for any one hoping to discover the true nature of the Roman Catholic religious system. Although some of the content of these books is at times controversial, Defend Truth stands by their soundness and usefulness. Although we stand by the books on this list, Defend Truth does not necessarily affirm all of the given beliefs or views of every author or publisher on this list. If anyone has any questions on our recommended resources please feel free to contact us at Defend Truth Ministries.


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1. The Church of Rome at the Bar of History by William Webster. Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

William Webster examines a number of Roman Catholic doctrines such as tradition, justification, Marian doctrines, and papal primacy from an Evangelical Protestant perspective. Webster makes his argument from both Scripture and Church history making extensive use of the Church Fathers. An excellent introduction to Catholic Doctrine.

2. The Roman Catholic Controversy by James R. White. Bethany House Publishers: Bloomington, Minnesota.

James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, A Reformed Evangelical apologetics ministry. The Roman Catholic controversy examines Roman Catholic theology and doctrine and shows that there are still fundamental and unavoidable differences between Evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism. Another excellent book for Catholic Theology written from an Evangelical perspective.

3. Fifty Years in the Church by Charles Chiniquy. The Protestant Literature Depository: London, 1885; reprinted 1981 by Chick Publishing, Chino, California

The moving true story of Charles Chiniquy. A nineteenth century Roman Catholic priest who came to see the errors of the Catholic Church and by God’s grace was saved and converted to Protestant Christianity. This wonderful testimony gives insight into the true nature of the Romish Church and the sinfulness of the clergy. A timeless classic.

4. The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop. Loizeaux Brothers: Neptune, New Jersey (Republished by various publishers.)

An Expose of the pagan origins of Roman Catholic beliefs. The Two Babylons shows how Babylonian beliefs went through the ancient world through nations such as Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome and finally made their way into the Romish Church. Mary worship or the mother and child worship is perhaps the greatest example of Babylonian belief that has continued to this day. The mass, confessional, priesthood, Romish festivals and holidays and the Popes are all covered here. This book has been attacked by critics at various times but is extensively documented and researched. A must read.

5. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe. Various Publishers.

An account of the Christian Martyrs throughout Church history. This book shows the bravery of the Lord’s servants in history such as John Wycliffe, John Huss, William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley, etc. Fox’s book of Martyr’s also chronicles the terrible of the persecution of the true Church at the hands of the Church of Rome both before and during the Reformation. Historical events as the fires of Smithfield and the Saint Bartholomew massacre are laid out in this work. An account of Christian history that has been largely forgotten.

6. Contemporary Rome viewed through History by Dr. Clive Gillis. Ambassador Productions Ltd: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A collection of easy to read articles on various topics relating to the Vatican. Some included topics are Marian Shrines, Opus Dei, The mystic Padre Pio, the Jesuits, occultism in the Vatican, Banking scandals, etc.

7. The Jesuits: The Secret Army of the Papacy by Shaun Wilcock. Bible Based Ministries: South Africa. Ordering information available at

The Society of Jesus otherwise known as the Jesuits was founded to further the Counter Reformation, destroy Protestantism and to increase the power of the Pope across the world. The Jesuits are the most powerful and dangerous of the priestly orders. Today little known about this mysterious group of priests. Written by a Baptist pastor in South Africa. This fifty-page book is an informative introduction to the Jesuits written from a Christian perspective.

8. The Jesuits in History by Hector Macpherson: MacNiven and Wallace, Edinburgh, 1914; reprinted 1997 by Open-Bible Ministries, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A history of the Jesuits from their founding in 1534 to about the turn of the twentieth century. The Jesuits in History covers the founding of the order by Ignatius of Loyola, the spiritual training and formation of priests, their work to stop the reformation in England and Scotland, the expulsion of the order from various countries, the disbanding and revival of the order and their work in the first Vatican council. A readable and informative history of the Jesuits.

9. The Secret History of the Jesuits by Edmond Paris. Chick Publications: Chino, California.

Another history of the Jesuits showing their diabolical nature and fanatical devotion. Topics of note are the Reductions of Paraguay where they enslaved the Guarani natives in a form of proto Communism and their involvement with the two world wars and the rise of the Nazis. A badly needed exposure of the truth.

10. Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwell. Viking Penguin Books: Middlesex England.  

John Cornwell, a practicing Catholic, initially set out to write a book defending Pius XII of charges of being complicit with the Nazis and ignoring reports of the Holocaust. When Cornwell was given access to records of Pius XII, he discovered that these claims were true and really just the tip of the iceberg. A history of Pius XII making a deal with the Nazis to stop Communism and further the geopolitical aims of the Vatican.

11. The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance by Avro Manhattan. Chick Publications: Chino, California.

A history of the Vatican from the end of world war two to the modern day. The book shows the political goals of each respective Pope. Pius XII was firmly anti communist and sided with the U.S.A and the C.I.A after the second world war. John XXIII and Paul VI reversed this strategy and allied with the Soviet Union and the advance of Communism. John Paul II realigned with the Americans but only to aid his own agenda. A history of the modern Vatican.

12. On the Edge of Apostasy: The Evangelical Romance with Rome by Robert M. Zins. White Horse Publications: Huntsville, Alabama.

An exposure of Evangelical compromise and ecumenical overtures towards Rome. Exposes the document Evangelicals and Catholics together. Prominent Evangelicals listed include James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Chuck Colson (Prison Fellowship Ministries), Jim Neuhaus, J.I. Packer, Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ), and Max Lucado. Shows the

widespread ignorance of Evangelicals in regards to Rome.

13. A Lamp in the Dark: A History of the Bible (DVD), Adullam Films (Available for purchase at Amazon or

A History of the Bible and the Christian Church through the middle ages and reformation periods. Covers the Waldenses and Albigenses, the Inquisitions, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, the translation of the King James Bible, the Papacy, Jesuits etc. A wealth of information.

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