Introduction to Catholicism

ISBN-10: 0521608554
ISBN-13: 9780521608558
Edition: 2009
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Description: The Vatican. The Inquisition. Contraception. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the news. But what do its one billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

The Vatican. The Inquisition. Contraception. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the news. But what do its one billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice in worship, the family, and society? This down-to-earth account goes back to the early Christian creeds to uncover the roots of modern Catholic thinking. It avoids getting bogged down in theological technicalities, and throws light on aspects of the Church's institutional structure and liturgical practice that even Catholics can find baffling: why go to confession? How are people made saints? What is 'infallible' about the Pope? Topics addressed include: - scripture and tradition - sacraments and prayer - popular piety - personal and social morality - reform, mission, and interreligious dialogue Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning writer and university teacher, provides an overview of Catholicism today which will be indispensable for undergraduates and lay study groups.

Preface
The many meanings of Catholicism
Roman Catholicism
Being Catholic: some typologies
Catholicism in time and place
The rule of faith
Catholic worship
Catholic spirituality
The missionary character of Catholicism
Catholic reformation(s)
The moral life
The contemporary Catholic Church
Reading Catholicism: a bibliography
Index

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