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Overview A priest friend brought us a copy of THIS IS THE FAITH with the endorsement that this is the best book he had ever seen for instructing people in the Faith - whether converts or those whose education in the Faith has no been complete, or who just want to review. Once we read it, we had to agree! This book is at once complete and thorough, but also it is easy to read and very intelligible. Originally published in 1951 and brought up to date in this edition with current disciplines, THIS IS THE FAITH covers everything the convert or inquirer needs to know about the Catholic Faith. The result is that the reader will garner a true picture of the reasonableness, thoroughness and beauty of the Catholic religion that- with grace- will all but guarantee the assent of his will.
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Studio: Tan Books and Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.11" Height: 1" Weight: 1.48 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN 0895556421 ISBN13 9780895556424
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More About Francis J. Ripley
Canon Francis Ripley, also known as Francis Joseph Ripley, was an English priest born in 1912 at Lancashire. He became a Jesuit novitiate in London after graduating from a local Catholic grammar school with honors. After being convinced that his vocation was not with this order, he was ordained in 1939 following his studies at the archdiocesan seminary of Upholland. Father Ripley is the author of Terrible as an Army, The Diary of a Small Town Priest, Souls at Stake (with Frank Duff), Letters to Muriel, and This Is the Faith. He served with the Catholic Missionary Society and Royal Air Force before his death on January 7, 1998.
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Most thorough classic Feb 11, 2008
There seems to be a growing body of Roman Catholic apologetic literature out there. Some of it is better than others. None, in my reading, quite matches the wide range of questions or provides a more thorough treatment of any one of them than this classic work (originally published in 1951). Chapters are provided for virtually every topic questioned by non-Catholics about the faith - Mary, the Saints, the Pope, and so on. Each topic is discussed with great depth and careful exegesis of scripture in support. The size of the book may intimidate casual searchers but it is ideal for the more demanding challenger.
Due to the arrangement of chapters by topic, they can easily be read out of sequence to follow a specific interest or in order to gain a solid base of understanding. You will want a copy to keep as a reference to the specific topics.
There are two very helpful Appendixes included with the work. The first is a brief timeline of the history of the church. The second is a summary of major heresies that have challenged the church in that history.
Keep your volume close at hand for handy reference in defending the faith and strengthening your own understanding as well. Indeed a classic that continues to age with grace and clarity. Well worth the investment to keep it handy.
A good resource, but... Oct 16, 2007
This book is an excellent introduction to the Catholic faith. I especially like how it begins each chapter with an old-fashioned catechetical dialogue, which would be an excellent way to introduce the chapter within an RCIA (if only!) session, or a teen catechism class. It has a few drawbacks, however. First, some of the arguments, especially regarding the soul and other natural/spiritual topics, require a fairly Thomistic philosophical viewpoint, and therefore fall into the same traps that Thomistic philosophers run into when confronting modern philosophical schools, or even completely materialistic schools of thought. From that angle, it would probably have been better simply to give the religious point of view with a "Contra gentiles" approach to showing those views consistent. Second, this edition is a classic example of what's wrong with the practice of biased editing. In a couple cases, the editors feel it necessary to insert their own viewpoint, while both the author and the Church have felt it unnecessary to comment. This is typified in a comment on evolution which is really useless (p. 5). We don't need more Christians using incompetent science to make religious claims. Finally, there are a few incorrect statements, such as making the eastern theology about the procession of the Holy Spirit into a heresy, "because it teaches that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father alone and not from the Father and the Son" (p. 466). In fact, this matter was settled at the Council of Florence and is NOT considered a heresy. Overall, however, with a guided reading, it is, in my opinion, the best textbook for a late Catechism program I have ever seen.
Interesting information Jul 3, 2007
While doing my Master's Thesis I had to read this book to find aout what the catholic church believe. It's a good resource for Pastors and Seminarians who need to understand the errors of the roman catholic church from their own point of view. Be careful if you are not proficient in Biblical Doctrine, because the devil can deviate you from the right path. He is a fool. You need advise from your pastor in any reading you are doing to take advantage of any resource you may need to use for your studies.
An Excellent and Thorough Explanation of Catholic Beliefs! Aug 20, 2006
This is a most excellent and thorough explanation of Catholic beliefs! When I wanted to convert to the Catholic Church early last year, my priest gave me a copy of this book and told me to read it. I read the book in a couple of weeks. The book was very easy to understand and each chapter is divided into subsections which discuss each subtopic within the chapter. It does an excellent and thorough job and explaining the Catholic Church and her beliefs in a thoroughly orthodox and easy to understand way! I highly recommend this book both to cradle Catholics, new Catholics, and potential converts to Catholicism! This book has both an Imprimatur and a Nihil Obstat which ensures that the book does not contain any doctrinal error or bad teaching.
The Best Mar 25, 2006
I received my book 2 days after I ordered - now this is fast service! The book was perfect in every way and lived up to much more than was advertised. This is the best book I have come across that explains the Faith so all can understand. I recommend this to all who want to brush up on their knowledge and share it with others. Perfect for RCIA candidates and Jr. High students in Faith Formation. Thank You, Pat