Item description for An Intelligent Person's Guide To Catholicism (Continuum Icon) by Alban McCoy...
In this illuminating and engaging book, Alban McCoy imaginatively and intelligently addresses the key questions that non-Catholics - and even Catholics - have about Roman Catholicisim. Are faith and reason enemies or allies? Do we need proof of God? Can God and evil both exist? Do we need the Pope? Is annulment divorce by another name? Why are women not ordained as priests in the Catholic Church? In an age where morality is increasingly challenged and reassessed, Alban McCoy demonstrates the relevance of the Catholic Church's moral teaching to the modern age and shows how Roman Catholicism is fully engaged with the realities of life and of the Spirit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.82" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Oct 3, 2005
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN 0826476724 ISBN13 9780826476722
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More About Alban McCoy
Alban McCoy, O.F.M., Conv. is a Franciscan, the Catholic Chaplain at the University of Cambridge, Lecturer in Theology at Allen Hall, and Literary Editor for The Tablet.
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Excellent, Excellent, Excellent Jul 1, 2004
Father McCoy sets forth authentic Catholic teaching with precision and insight. He correctly states the basis of the Church's inability to ordain women and is quite persuasive in pointing out that the modern Western view that an individual has a right to ordination is utterly off-base (p. 55). He also cogently explains the basis of the Church ban on contraception by lucidly noting how those in favor of contraception labor under the assumption that there is an "inalienable right" to sexual activity (p. 113). These are only two of the many issues discussed in the book, but these two show that Fr. McCoy is intent on explaining Catholic teaching and not on revising it as so many books penned by theological liberals do.
The best part of the book, in my view, is McCoy's discussion of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (pride, sloth, envy, avarice, gluttony, wrath, and lust). He discusses them through a masterful presentation of Christian anthropology--the Christian view of the flourishing human person. He shows how the seven deadly sins are related and how they impoverish our existence. He shows how these sins are very much alive today and do not just form an archaic list from another age.
Here is Catholicism truly presented in an intelligent manner. This book would truly be a valuable addition to anyone's library.