Rebirth Pains Revisited
A compilation of over twenty-four years of the Christian experience, Rebirth Pains details the common pitfalls and detours away from Christ and His teachings, from both within and without the church. William D. Bellavia also looks into the media, political, cultic, and philosophical bias against the American Christian, taking a nondenominational scientific view of such controversial subjects as abortion and evolution. The author has gleaned from over a hundred sources in theology, politics, philosophy, and science to make the conclusions exposed within these covers.
Rural Dentist is the compilation of experiences starting with Dr. Bellavia’s undergraduate preparation through 1995 when his practice was what he considered a ‘Mom and Pop’ rural dental practice. He contends that there remain many such opportunities for small businesses and professionals in rural America.
Bellavia practiced in the historic Western New York village of Medina since his graduation from SUNY at Buffalo Dental School in 1968 until his disability forced him into retirement in 2001. During his distinguished career as a rural dentist he authored five clinical research articles and earned two dental patents. He was active in his church, community, and organized dentistry throughout. Bellavia has lectured internationally, been a part time faculty member of SUNY at Buffalo Dental School, as well as teaching at several universities and societies in the field of Temporal Mandibular Pain Dysfunction.
He accompanied the Medical Missions of Baylor University as their dentist on two different occasions to treat the rural poor in Mexico. Bellavia has earned several post doctoral degrees and awards including his Fellowship and Masters diplomas in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellowship in the Academy of Orthopedic
and Neuralgic Surgery, Dental Liaison.
This is Bellavia’s fourth published book as he continues to lecture, consult, and write since his disability. Dr. Bellavia has written opinion columns for several newspapers and posts his weekly columns on his website billbellavia.com.
What is the difference between Protestants and Roman Catholics? Which denomination is closer to the bible in their variety of beliefs? What areas do they agree upon? What areas are they in disagreement? Finally, and most importantly, if Jesus Christ were to re-visit our planet would he join a church, or gather His Church? These are but a few of the questions tackled in Bellaviaâ€™s newest book, Roman Baptist.
Roman Baptist is written in every day common language and is complete with an index. Questions tackled by Bellavia are: â€œWhatever happened to St. Thief?; The biblical stance on purgatory, death, and suffering; What does it take to get to heaven, i.e. minimum requirements for salvation; Why is prayer important; How does the bible feel about sex, drugs, and rock and roll.â€ In short Bellaviaâ€™s latest work answers many common everyday questions both Roman Catholics and Protestants have always wondered about â€¦ but never dared ask.
According to a review by Clarion Press:
“Christians of all denominations will find this book an excellent source of discussion, interpretation and the information concerning â€œthe priesthood of the believer.â€
“This book delves into and digests the two principal bodies of Christianity, Catholicism and Protestantism, using scripture to explain the origins of different traditions and practices. Bellavia then casts his vote on which church follows the codebook, or Bible, most closely.”
Bellaviaâ€™s style is conversational, intimate. Mixing personal anecdotes and thoughts together with direct quotes from different translations of the Bibleâ€”all thoroughly annotatedâ€”Roman Baptist is completely and engagingly readable. The text also sparkles with little-known facts …”
Much like a biblical guidebook, Bellavia presents issue after issue, organized into chapters …”scripture.
Book I: Answers the question; What does the bible tell us happens to the soul at death. It stresses what the gospels and epistles as well as the Old Testament tell us about the afterlife. It separates souls into two categories: Old Testament and New Testament. It does not break the destination of the dead into merely heaven and hell. It explains Sheol, Hades, the Bosom of Abraham, as well as heaven and hell. It also challenges the idea that there will be but one rapture.
Book II: Answers the question: How do I feel about being told that I am dying? It reviews my experiences with the death of loved ones, and facing the fact that my time is very limited. Book II also reveals how I cope with such a diagnosis… my hopes and my fears.