BRIEF RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND INFORMATION
My wife Judy home schools our four children (no small task considering that two of them have special needs).
Catholic Answers [link] (the largest Catholic apologetics organization, headed by Karl Keating, with employees such as Jimmy Akin and Tim Staples). I've been published in Catholic Answers Magazine (formerly, This Rock), several times; have been on Catholic Answers Live twice, and CA published my book, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura. My primary editor at Sophia, Todd Aglialoro, is now aquisitions editor for CA.
St. Paul Street Evangelization [link], is a rapidly growing Catholic evangelism and apologetics group. Starting in December 2012, I became a member of the Advisory Board for SPSE, and I edited most of their self-produced tracts: 15 altogether.
The Coming Home Network International [link], an organization founded by Marcus Grodi (host of the EWTN program The Journey Home); designed to aid and assist Catholic converts, or potential converts (especially Protestant pastors). Advisors to The Coming Home Network include Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Thomas Howard, Fr. Michael Scanlan, Fr. Ray Ryland, Patrick Madrid, Steve Wood, and Karl Keating. I have had several articles published in its periodical, The Coming Home Journal, and was a staff member for three years (see the preceding section).
Articles and Miscellaneous
"A Church Shopper's Road to Catholicism," This Rock, September 1993, 14-16.
"Is Development of Doctrine a Corruption of Biblical Teaching?," The Catholic Answer, Sep/Oct 1995, 8-11.
"Converts to Catholicism: G.K. Chesterton," The Coming Home Newsletter, Sep/Oct 1996, 5-7.
"Converts to Catholicism: John Henry Cardinal Newman," The Coming Home Newsletter, Nov/Dec 1996, 4-5.
"The Megabyte Before Christmas" (poem), The Coming Home Newsletter, Nov/Dec 1996, 12.
"The Pre-Eminence of St. Peter: 50 New Testament Proofs," The Catholic Answer, Jan/Feb 1997, 32-35.
"Reflections: Where is the Church?," The Coming Home Newsletter, Jan/Feb 1997, 6.
"Converts to Catholicism: Monsignor Ronald Knox," The Coming Home Newsletter, Jan/Feb 1997, 9.
"Converts to Catholicism: Malcolm Muggeridge," The Coming Home Newsletter, March/April 1997, 6-7.
"How Newman Convinced Me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church," lead conversion (and cover) story (with family photograph), The Coming Home Newsletter, September-December 1997, 1-8.
"To Orthodox Critics of Catholic Apostolicity: Unity Still Sought," The Catholic Answer, Nov/Dec 1997, 32-35,38-39,62.
"Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary," The Coming Home Journal, January-March 1998, 12-13.
"The Imitation of Mary," The Catholic Answer, May/June 1998, 8-11.
My website was positively reviewed by David Morrison in New Covenant magazine, August, 1998:
An empowered, faithful, educated and technically astute laity is a wonderful phenomenon and Dave Armstrong, a free lance writer and Catholic apologist, is just such a character. His Biblical Evidence for Catholicism pages provide both a good in-depth resource for those seeking to better understand the Catholic Church and a witness to the joy of a life lived in the Truth. The site is designed well for the user, easy to navigate and explore and has a good mix of the dry and the funny. How can a guy go wrong when, at the top of his page, pictures appear of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the rose window from Notre Dame, Paris, and G.K Chesterton with his beloved wife Francine?
"Transubstantiation and the Eucharist," The Coming Home Journal, July-December 1998, 12-13, 31.
"St. Augustine's Belief in the Real Presence," The Coming Home Journal, July-December 1998, 18-20.
"The Communion of Saints," The Catholic Answer, Nov/Dec 1998, 8-12.
I received the Award Website of the Year (for 1998) from the staff and advisors of Envoy Magazine, and was a finalist (with three others) for "Best New Evangelist" (Envoy, January/February 1999, 10).
"Newman Persuaded Me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church," The Latin Mass, Fall 1999, Vol. 8, No. 4, 65-71.
"The Perspicuity ('Clearness') of Scripture," The Coming Home Journal, July-December 1999, 16-18.
"Is This God?," cover story on the Holy Eucharist, Envoy Magazine, January/February 2000, cover and 1, 34-40.
"Interview With a Catholic Apologist" (interview with Peter Vere, JCL), November 2001 posted on the Onerock Online website, and in the January 2002 edition of The Write Stuff, the monthly e-zine of The Catholic Writer's Association (CWA).
Dave Armstrong: Catholic Apologetics' "Socratic Evangelist," interview with, and article by Tim Drake, for the regular feature "Diplomatic Corps," Envoy Magazine, Spring 2002, volume 5.6, 8-9.
Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked -- pamphlet published by Our Sunday Visitor for mass distribution in churches, July 2002.[+ Spanish version]
"Catholics Need to Read Their Bibles," This Rock, February 2004, 20-22.
"On Sinners in the Church: How Could it be Otherwise?," This Rock, April 2004, 25-27.
Review of A Biblical Defense of Catholicism, by Michael J. Miller, in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, May 2004.
"A Quick Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura," This Rock, September 2004.
"The Pleasures and Perils of a Catholic Apologetics Apostolate," This Rock, November 2004.
"Excerpt from: The New Catholic Answer Bible (NAB) with inserts by Paul Thigpen and Dave Armstrong: Why the Catholic Church is Unique," Our Sunday Visitor online version, 22 June, 2005.
Review of The Catholic Verses, by Dr. Stanley Williams, on Catholic Exchange website, 24 June 2005.
"Excerpt from: The New Catholic Answer Bible (NAB), inserts by Paul Thigpen and Dave Armstrong: Are Catholics ‘Born Again’?," Our Sunday Visitor online version, 13 July 2005.
Review of The Catholic Verses, by Michael J. Miller, in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, October 2005; reprinted in Ignatius Insight.
DVD Study Guide for Common Ground [a Catholic - evangelical Protestant ecumenical endeavor], June 2007.
DVD Study Guide for What Catholics Really Believe [answers portion of the Guide for the teaching series by Dr. Ray Guarendi and Fr. Kevin Fete], July 2007.
Review of The One-Minute Apologist, by Carl E. Olson, in National Catholic Register, August 26 - September 1, 2007 issue.
My book, Martin Luther: Catholic Critical Analysis and Praise, was briefly reviewed by Fr. Peter Stravinskas in the January / February 2009 issue of The Catholic Response (Vol. V, No. 4, pp. 31-32). Here is the entire review:
The author is a fine apologist and has often demonstrated how Luther (and other Reformers) were much more Catholic than their spiritual heirs today. In scholarly, critical, and ecumenical fashion, the reader is led through the theological musings of a very complex and confused /confusing man. Where Catholic truth is at stake, Luther's inadequacies are highlighted; where there is coincidence, that is happily shown. Particularly worthwhile is the treatment of Luther's Eucharistic theology and his Mariology, where contemporary Protestants could profit greatly from their spiritual forefather.
"'Can I Get a Quote on That?': An Interview With Dave Armstrong," Gilbert Magazine (Vol. 13, No. 5, March 2010, pp. 14-17; interviewer: Dale Ahlquist. This periodical is published by the American Chesterton Society. It was devoted primarily to my book, The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton.
"Facing Facebook: One Skeptical Baby Boomer's Odyssey" (Catholic Exchange website, 21 January 2011).
My Two Conversions: An Interview with Spanish Journalist Itxu Díaz, of the Dicax Press Agency (April 2011).
"Ten must-see web resources for Catholics" (by Mark Shea; OSV Newsweekly, 21 February 2012; my apostolate is one of the ten profiled).
45-minute interview with Jimmy Akin on the topic of sola Scriptura; will be available on CD exclusively for those who make a donation to Catholic Answers (30 April 2012)
"Ten Deficiencies of Sola Scriptura as a Rule of Faith," Catholic Answers Magazine, May / June 2012, 22-25.
"Lessons from Catholic Evangelists," by Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report, 22 August 2012 [cited at length as one of five interviewees in the article].
Review of 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura, by Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Response, (Nov / Dec 2012, Vol. IX, No. 3, p. 58). [link to Facebook]
Review of The Quotable Newman, by Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Response (Jan / Feb 2013, Vol. IX, No. 4, p. 58):
Cardinal Newman does not admit of sound-bites but Dave Armstrong has done a creditable job of giving us easily digestible portions of Newman’s thoughts on a host of topics, conveniently arranged in alphabetical order with a precise citation following each entry. This is a wonderful addition to Newman scholarship."Converts Come to the Church Like St. Paul: Answers to 'What Helped Your Conversion?'", by Jim Graves, National Catholic Register, 10 June 2013 [I'm cited, along with four other converts].
Review of The Quotable Newman, by Stephen J. Kovacs, in New Oxford Review (October 2013).
"The Resurrection: Hoax or History?" (comic tract), co-author and cartoonist Daniel Grajek, This Rock, "Dragnet," February 1994, 8-9 (also briefly mentioned in the October 1993 "Dragnet").
Books (all available for purchase -- follow the linked titles)
"Confessions of a 1980s' Jesus Freak," 241-252 in Surprised by Truth, edited by Patrick Madrid, San Diego: Basilica Press, September 1994 (one of eleven conversion stories). Surprised by Truth has sold more than 400,000 copies and is the second-largest Catholic bestseller after the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
"The Imitation of Mary," (written in 1997), chapter 5 in The Catholic Answer Book of Mary, edited by Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, March 2000, 31-35.
A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (#1), was completed in May 1996, published in October 2001 by AuthorHouse (formerly 1stBooks Library), and in June 2003 by Sophia Institute Press. It includes a Foreword by the late Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (#2), was published in February 2002, by AuthorHouse (formerly 1stBooks Library) and republished (without appendices) in May 2007 by Lulu. It includes a Foreword by Dr. Scott Hahn.
Bible Conversations: Catholic-Protestant Dialogues on the Bible, Tradition, and Salvation (#3), was completed in June 2002 and published in May 2007 by Lulu.
Development of Catholic Doctrine: Evolution, Revolution, or an Organic Process? (#4), was completed in June 2002 and published in May 2007 by Lulu.
Mere Christian Apologetics (#5), was completed in September 2002 and published in August 2007 by Lulu.
Christian Worldview vs. Postmodernism (#6), was completed in September 2002 and published in May 2007 by Lulu.
I wrote all of the apologetic commentary (44 articles on various topics, on 22 color inserts) for The Catholic Answer Bible (#7), published by Our Sunday Visitor in September 2002.
Family Matters: Catholic Theology of the Family (#8), was completed in December 2002 and published in May 2007 by Lulu.
Reflections on Radical Catholic Reactionaries (#9), was completed in December 2002 (revised second edition: August 2013) and published in May 2007 by Lulu.
Protestantism: Critical Reflections of an Ecumenical Catholic (#10), was completed in May 2003 and published in August 2007 by Lulu.
Twin Scourges: Thoughts on Anti-Catholicism & Theological Liberalism (#11), was completed in June 2003 and published in September 2007 by Lulu.
Orthodoxy and Catholicism: A Comparison (#12), was completed in July 2004 and published in September 2007 by Lulu.
The Catholic Verses: 95 Bible Passages That Confound Protestants (#13), was published by Sophia Institute Press in August 2004.
The New Catholic Answer Bible (revision and expansion of The Catholic Answer Bible) was published by Our Sunday Visitor in April 2005. I am the co-author of the 88 articles, with Paul Thigpen (my original 44 are half of the total). In March 2011 it was released with the revised NAB text.
The One-Minute Apologist: Essential Catholic Replies to Over Sixty Common Protestant Claims (#14), was published by Sophia Institute Press in May 2007.
Catholic Church Fathers: Patristic and Scholarly Proofs (#15), was completed in November 2007 and published in the same month by Lulu. Revised second edition on 28 August 2013.
Martin Luther: Catholic Critical Analysis and Praise (#16), was completed in April 2008 and published in the same month by Lulu.
The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton (editor only; #17) was completed in October 2008 and was published in December 2009 by Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books.
Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths: A Source Book for Apologists and Inquirers (#18), was completed in April 2009 and published in August 2009 by Sophia Institute Press.
Author of Study Guide portion of Common Ground: What Protestants and Catholics Can Learn From Each Other, by Pastor Steve Andrews and Fr. John Riccardo, and edited by Stanley D. and Pam Williams; published in January 2010 by Nineveh's Crossing.
Biblical Catholic Answers for John Calvin (#19), was completed in March 2010 and published in the same month by Lulu.
"The Catholic Mary": Quite Contrary to the Bible? (#20), was completed in September 2010 and published in October 2010 by Lulu.
Science and Christianity: Close Partners or Mortal Enemies? (#21), was completed in October 2010 and published in the same month by Lulu.
Biblical Catholic Salvation: “Faith Working Through Love” (#22), was completed in October 2010 and published in the same month by Lulu.
Author of Study Guide portion of What Catholics Really Believe, by Dr. Ray Guarendi and Fr. Kevin Fete; edited by Stanley D. Williams; published in December 2010 by Nineveh's Crossing.
Biblical Catholic Eucharistic Theology (#23), was completed in February 2011 and published in February 2011 by Lulu.
The Quotable Newman: A Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas (#24): original manuscript completed on 19 August 2011. Accepted for publication by Sophia Institute Press (in slimmed-down form) on 28 September 2011 and published on 12 October 2012.
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura (#25), was completed on 4 November 2011; published on 10 May 2012 by Catholic Answers.
Classic Catholic Biblical Apologetics: 1525-1925 (#26) was completed on 6 February 2012 and published on the same day by Lulu.
Biblical Evidence for the Communion of Saints (#27) was completed on 11 February 2012 and published on the same day by Lulu.
I signed a contract on 8 March 2012 with Logos Bible Software, Inc., for inclusion of ten of my Lulu-published books to be sold on their website and included in the wonderful searchable state-of-the-art Bible study resources that they offer.
Biblical Proofs for an Infallible Church and Papacy (#28) was completed on 21 March 2012 and published on the same day by Lulu.
The Quotable Wesley (#29) was completed on 2 May 2012 and originally published on the same day by Lulu. A contract with the Protestant publisher Beacon Hill Press was signed on 17 December 2012, with publication scheduled for 1 April 2014.
Beatles, Motown, Beach Boys, Etc.: Classic Rock Discographies, Commentary, and Mono vs. Stereo Analysis (#30) was completed on 12 May 2012, and published on the same day by Lulu.
Pillars of Sola Scriptura: Replies to Whitaker, Goode, & Biblical "Proofs" for "Bible Alone" (#31) was completed on 7 July 2012 and published on 2 September 2012 by Lulu.
The Quotable Augustine: Distinctively Catholic Elements in His Theology (#32) was completed on 1 September 2012 and published on the same day by Lulu.
A Biblical Critique of Calvinism (#33) was completed on 23 October 2012 and published on the same day at Lulu.
Theology of God: Biblical, Chalcedonian Trinitarianism and Christology (#34) was completed on 14 November 2012 and published on 15 November 2012 at Lulu.
Mass Movements: Radical Catholic Reactionaries, the New Mass, and Ecumenism (#35) was completed on 20 December 2012 and published on the same day at Lulu.
The Quotable Summa Theologica (#36) was completed on 29 January 2013 and published at Lulu the next day.
Biblical Catholic Apologetics: A Collection of Essays (#37) was completed on 22 March 2013 and published at Lulu on the same day.
Catholic Converts and Conversion (#38) was completed on 8 April 2013 and published at Lulu on the same day.
The Quotable Eastern Church Fathers (#39) was completed on 8 July 2013 and published at Lulu on the same day.
The Quotable Newman, Vol. II (#40) was completed on 26 August 2013 and published at Lulu the next day.
Revelation! 1001 Bible Answers to Theological Topics (#41), was completed on 3 October 2013 and published at Lulu on the same day.
Debating James White: Shocking Failures of the “Undefeatable” Anti-Catholic Champion (#42) was completed on 1 November 2013 and published at Lulu on the same day.
RADIO INTERVIEWS AND TALKS
Evangel Echoes with Emery Moss, WMUZ-FM 103.5, Detroit, MI, 12 midnight-1:15 AM EST on 3 November 1989; on the false teaching of Jehovah's Witnesses (I was an evangelical Protestant at this time). (#1)
The Al Kresta Show Live, WDEO, 990 AM, Ann Arbor, MI, from 12:00-12:30 PM EST on 8 September 1997; interviewed concerning my conversion story. See the transcript. (#2)
"Appearances" (via phone) on the Connecticut Catholic apologetics television program Pillar of Truth (host Dick Kelley), on 8 May 1999 (Development of Doctrine) and 15 May 1999 (Questions and Answers) -- half hour each. See also the transcripts (Development / Q & A). (#3, #4)
Kresta in the Afternoon (host Al Kresta), WDEO, 990 AM, Ann Arbor, MI, from 3:00-4:00 PM EST on 30 April 2002; interviewed concerning my conversion story and my first book, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism. (#5)
Faith and Family Live (host Steve Wood), syndicated nationwide by EWTN radio, "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism," 11:00 AM-12 Noon EST, 10 July 2003. See websites: www.dads.org / www.familylifecenter.net. (#6)
Catholic Answers Live (host Jerry Usher); affiliated with Karl Keating's apologetic apostolate, Catholic Answers. Syndicated nationally on EWTN radio. "Why We Need More than the Bible", 6:00-7:00 PM EST, 10 October 2003. Listen (mp3) (#7). Jerry wrote (letter of 16 October 2003):
You did a terrific job . . . I could tell by the response from our listeners . . . that they benefited from the program. We'll be happy to have you on the show again in the future . . . may the Lord continue to bless you and the fine work you're doing.
Hands-On Apologetics Live (hosts Gary Michuta and Tony Gerring) on Michigan Catholic Radio: 1090 WCAR in metro Detroit and 1080 in Lansing area. Interview and Question and Answer, 10:00-11:00 AM EST, 18 October 2003. (#8)
Kresta in the Afternoon (host Al Kresta), WDEO, 990 AM, Ann Arbor, MI, from 5:00-5:30 PM EST on 2 April 2004; interviewed concerning general apologetics and my authorship of all the notes for The Catholic Answer Bible. (#9)
Live From the Shrine (hosts John Kruse and Julie Komasara), Michigan Catholic Radio: WCAR: 1090 AM. General interview (conversion, books, etc.) by Julie Komasara: 4:15-5:00 PM, 24 September 2004. (#10)
Catholic Answers Live (host Jerry Usher); affiliated with Karl Keating's apologetic apostolate, Catholic Answers. Syndicated nationally on EWTN radio. "Communion of Saints: A Cloud of Witnesses", 7:00-8:00 PM EST, 26 June 2006. Listen (mp3). (#11)
Son Rise Morning Show (host Brian Patrick); Sacred Heart Radio: 740 AM in the Cincinnati area. Q & A on a variety of apologetic issues, 8:10-8:30 AM EST, 17 January 2008. (#12)
Spirit Morning Show (hosts Bruce and Kris McGregor); Spirit Catholic Radio: 88.9 FM, Omaha. Interview concerning The One-Minute Apologist and brief conversion testimony; 8:00-8:45 AM EST, 15 February 2008. (#13)
Son Rise Morning Show; Sacred Heart Radio: 740 AM in the Cincinnati area: 6-9 AM Monday through Friday. Ten-minute interview with Matt Swaim concerning my book, The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton, 15 December 2009. (#14)
Spirit Morning Show (hosts Bruce and Kris McGregor); Spirit Catholic Radio: 88.9 FM, Omaha. 30-minute interview concerning The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton [taped on 29 December 2009]. (#15)
The Catholics Next Door, with Greg and Jennifer Willits (Sirius Satellite Channel: The Catholic Channel, 159 and XM Satellite Channel 117). Interview concerning The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton, 3 March 2010 (11:25-11:40 AM) [ Listen ] (#16)
Blessed John Paul the Great Leafeater's Club, with hosts Terry Moran and John Lillis, on 88.1 FM in Sioux City, Iowa. 40-minute interview concerning my Catholic conversion and The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton, 1 June 2012 [ Listen -- start 20 minutes in] (#17)
Catholic Connection, with host Teresa Tomeo, produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network; it's also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. 21-minute interview concerning my book, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura, 22 June 2012. [Listen -- runs from 14:30 to 31:00 on the audio file] (#18)
Meet the Author, with host Ken Huck, produced by Radio Maria. 45-minute interview about my books, The Quotable Newman, and The Catholic Verses, 17 January 2013. [ Listen ] (#19) I've also posted my written interview notes, that contain a lot of material that we didn't get to, due to the constraints of time.
REFERENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
I highly recommend his work, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism, which I find to be thoroughly orthodox, well-written, and effective for the purpose of making Catholic truth more understandable and accessible to the public at large. It is, I firmly believe, a fine book of popular Catholic apologetics.
I always appreciate your work.
God bless you in your indefatigable labors on behalf of the Faith! Only God knows how many lives your efforts have touched with the truth. May God continually bless you and guide you . . .
Your splendid book [A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] . . . spreads forth a feast of intellectual nourishment for the Catholic faith. I do hope it has wide circulation . . . God bless you and give you joy and strength in persevering in your important ministry.
I spent over an hour romping around your website. Nice, very nice . . . Good stuff. Keep up the great work . . . rather remarkable cyber-talents.
Thanks again for the great work you're doing for Christ and His Church. No matter how long it's taken, the Lord clearly has you right where He wants you.
I hope you can find a publisher. If attractively printed and correctly promoted, your manuscript [A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] could sell widely.
Keep up the good work. I am constantly sending people to your page to find answers for their questions and sources for their search.
You utterly amaze me! Such good stuff . . . Dave, keep up your effective and eternally valuable apologetic journalism!
I've been noticing a lot of positive comments from around the country on your apologetics efforts on the Internet. Bravo!
I admire, as ever, your fantastic and penetrating work for Christ and His Church.
Keep up the fantastic work with "Biblical Catholicism." All of us at Envoy love it and often refer people to it.
You do such good work. Without pride, don't minimize the gifts God has given you. Your web page is excellent and you are obviously a self-taught man.
You have done a VERY great job on your web site. Keep up the excellent work!
Your site continues to look good and to be among the most useful.
Wow, Dave--the fountain just keeps gushing! You'll never know this side of eternity just how many souls have been brought closer to the Kingdom and to the fullness of the Faith through your efforts. I recommend your website frequently . . . Just wanted to let you know I appreciate your labors of love . . .
There is someone out there who says what I have to say much better than I ever could -- the smartest Catholic apologist I know of -- Dave Armstrong.
I certainly think it [the earlier, much longer version of my manuscript A Biblical Defense of Catholicism] is a valuable tool.
I love your books, love your site, love everything you do. God bless you in your work. I'm very grateful for all you've done, and for all you make available. If someone pitches a hard question at me, I go first to your site. Then I send the questioner directly to the page that best answers the question. I know it's going to be on your site.
Dave Armstrong's book A Biblical Defense of Catholicism was one of the first Catholic apologetics books that I read when I was exploring Catholicism. Ever since then, I have continued to appreciate how he articulates the Catholic Faith through his blog and books. I still visit his site when I need a great quote or clarification regarding anything ranging from sacraments to sedevacantists. Dave is one of the best cyber-apologists out there.
People regularly tell me how much they appreciate your work. This new book sounds very useful. Your website is incredible and I recommend it regularly to new Catholics.