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What Did Jesus Do?: The Biblical Roots of the Catholic Church

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"Who cares what Jesus did?" 

This may well be the response of many to the title of this book. Some may shrug it off because of a general disbelief in God, or a refusal to believe that Jesus could actually be the Incarnate Word, i.e., the eternal Son of God who became man. Others may acknowledge that Jesus is an inspiring moral teacher, and yet find some of his “hard sayings” (Jn. 6:60) too onerous to live and/or far-fetched to accept. Still others may be turned off by a history of bad experiences with professed Christians, and so see Jesus as a polarizing figure. Further, there are Christians who believe in Jesus as their Savior, but who disagree that he founded the Catholic Church. And there can be overlap among these different reasons.

In What Did Jesus Do? Tom Nash seeks to present anew the real Jesus, the “Word [who] became flesh” (Jn. 1:14) to save all of humanity—and to employ his Mystical Bride, the Catholic Church, as his instrument of salvation and life-transforming love (Mt. 16:18-19; Jn. 10:10). Nash makes various biblical and other historical arguments for the perennial relevance of Jesus and his Church, including that anti-Catholicism makes for the strangest of bedfellows, with many unexpectedly finding the devil and his devotees lining up with them against the Church.

As Nash summarizes well, if the Catholic Church were merely a human institution, she would’ve entered the dustbin of history centuries ago, both because of internal scandals and external persecutions. Instead, 2,000 years after the Resurrection, the Church continues to advance her God-given Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20).

About the author

THOMAS J. NASH is a Research Associate at Ave Maria Radio and a Contributing Apologist for Catholic Answers. He is the author of The Biblical Roots of the Mass (Sophia Institute Press) and a contributing author to Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass  Emmaus Road Publishing). Nash, who has an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, has served the Catholic Church professionally for more than 25 years, including as a Theology Advisor for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Nash is also a journalist (M.A. in journalism, University of Missouri; B.A., University of Michigan), providing analysis and commentary for such publications as the National Catholic Register and Catholic World Report.

Praise for What Did Jesus Do?

What Did Jesus Do? is a clear, highly informative and logically organized apologia (defense) for the faith that Jesus Christ revealed to the world and continues to animate by the power of the Holy Spirit. Building on the accumulation of evidence for the solid truth of the Catholic Church and her teaching, Nash offers a text to build up the faith of Catholics and intrigue non-Catholics with a new look at Jesus’ intentions for his Church. — Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ph.D., Scripture Scholar and Host of “EWTN Live”

As he did with the Holy Eucharist in The Biblical Roots of the Mass, Thomas Nash has written a readable, thorough and convincing argument for the biblical truth, indeed the necessity, of the Catholic Church as Christ’s chosen instrument for the evangelization and sanctification of the world. Both seekers, and those who wish to guide them, will find his arguments fresh, often humorously presented, but always eminently useful. — Colin Donovan, S.T.L., Vice President for Theology at EWTN

What Did Jesus Do? gives a refreshing look at the Catholic Church by examining the life and teachings of Jesus. - Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews


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