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Overview New Revised 20th Anniversary Edition! You're on the spot. Someone wants you to explain some aspect of Catholic belief. Do you really think the pope is infallible? Why do Catholics pray to Mary? Where do sacraments come from? What do you think of the Bible? Are you saved? You wish some well-informed Catholic friend were around to help with the answer. Or perhaps you are asking the questions yourself. Where do Catholic beliefs come from? Why do we pray for the dead? How does the rosary fit into a biblical faith? The best-selling Catholic and Christian provides the answers you need. It is a readable and concise summary of commonly misunderstood Catholic beliefs - the teachings and practices that don't get much attention in Sunday homilies and in religious education, but which puzzle Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This is a book for all Catholics who want to know more about their faith.
Publishers Description New Revised 20th Anniversary Edition You're on the spot. Someone wants you to explain some aspect of Catholic belief. Do you "really" think the pope is infallible? Why do Catholics pray to Mary? Where do sacraments come from? What do you think of the Bible? Are you saved? You wish some well-informed Catholic friend were around to help with the answer. Or perhaps you are asking the questions yourself. Where do Catholic beliefs come from? Why do we pray for the dead? How does the rosary fit into a biblical faith? The best-selling "Catholic and Christian" provides the answers you need. It is a readable and concise summary of commonly misunderstood Catholic beliefs--the teachings and practices that don't get much attention in Sunday homilies and in religious education, but which puzzle Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This is a book for all Catholics who want to know more about their faith. A Servant Book.
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Studio: Servant Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.08" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2004
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 0867165995 ISBN13 9780867165999
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More About Alan Schreck
ALAN SCHRECK is professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is the author of numerous books, including The Essential Catholic Catechism and Catholic Church History From A to Z (Servant Books).
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Packed with Information Sep 4, 2006
The author skillfully blends theology and history to demonstrate Catholicism's sound rational basis and validity. The book is somewhere in between an overview for beginners and a scholarly analysis for experts. It provides a wealth of information on what and why Catholics believe. Catholic readers may especially enjoy the "why" information; for example how bishops developed into the role they have today starting all the way back in second century. Non-Catholic readers will find clarification on many serious misconceptions about the faith, including issues relating to Mary, papal infallibility, celibacy, and Sacraments. Easy to read, balanced, containing a healthy number of Biblical citations and historical references, the book will help just about everyone advance their understanding of Catholicism.
Great Re-Introduction to Christianity Jul 7, 2006
I am in the process of converting to Catholicism after being raised Presbyterian. I found this book not only to be an easy-to-read and understand explanation of the basics of Catholic catechism, but an outstanding reminder of what Christianity means, should stand for and should strive to be.
The topics are in depth, and there are subtle references to refute fundamentalist arguments often heard in 21st century America.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it!
Excellent and clear explanations. Mar 19, 2006
Great explanations for Catholics and those wondering about Catholic beliefs. Topics included are "where do Catholic beliefs come from", how Catholics understand Church, authority in the Church, the Pope, sacraments, saints, Mary, etc.
Wonderful Book Jan 31, 2006
This is a wonderful book. I am new to the Catholic faith and had many questions. This book answered them all. It is very informative without being too long. I could not put it down. Now that I have finished reading, if I need to answer a quick question, I can look it up in this book. There are many misconceptions about the Catholic faith and this book set them all straight. It is wonderful for someone who is a cradle Catholic, a new Catholic, or protestant who wants to learn the truth about Catholicism.
Promotes unity among Christians by clarifying Catholic beliefs Sep 26, 2005
Of the many books I've read explaining Catholic beliefs, this is definitely right at the top of my list of the best. As the author explains, the purpose of the book is to clarify the Catholic understanding of certain Christian beliefs in order to promote unity among Christians. After reading this book I must say I have a better understanding and appreciation of numerous Catholic teachings - some of which had been seriously misrepresented to me in the Protestant churches I've attended. The chapter titled "Salvation: God's Free Gift in Jesus Christ," and the chapter titled "The Work of the Holy Spirit" provide a clear exposition of Scripture, explaining how through faith in Jesus we are saved by God's grace, and how through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us we can go on to live a life worthy of calling ourselves Christian - a life pleasing to God.
The author does an excellent job of describing the role of faith and good works in salvation - in particular explaining that by "good works" Catholics do not mean the "works of the law" that the apostle Paul condemns, but rather the "works of charity" or love that "flow from living faith in Jesus Christ." As a Protestant I believe faith is not genuine unless produces good fruit such as charitable works as described by the Epistle of James. I'm delighted to see the author describe Catholic doctrine as also believing that good works are produced by the Holy Spirit in us and demonstrate active, living, saving faith.
The entire discussion of faith, grace, works, salvation and the Holy Spirit provided in this book would be an excellent tool to use for a Catholic to better explain his or her faith to a Protestant. And, since as candidly stated by the author, many Catholics do not grasp the principles described in this book, it would also be a great source for Protestants to share with their Catholic friends who are seeking a deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As stated by the author, "Even if we do not agree in all points of doctrine, Catholics and other Christians do agree and proclaim together that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and we are united as Christians in the Holy Spirit, even while we still are divided in our understanding of certain doctrines." From this book, I believe the reader will see much greater commonality than difference in the faith of Catholics and Protestants.