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Roman Catholicism in America [Hardcover]

By Chester Gillis (Author)
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Who are American Catholics and what do they believe and practice? What is distinctive about the expression of Catholicism in America and how have Catholics influenced and been influenced by American culture and society? What different types of Catholics make up the church today? Chester Gillis offers a cogent survey of U.S. Catholic history, emphasizing the post--Vatican II era, and goes on to explore the various roles and missions of the church in education, health care, charity, and more.

One of the themes running through the narrative is the persistent tension between Rome and the American church, which is shaped by a thoroughly modern, dynamic, and secular culture. Also discussed is the changing role of authority and how Catholic notions of authority have changed over the past forty years and why.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Roman Catholicism in America by Chester Gillis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 118
  • Library Journal - 05/15/1999 page 100
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/14/1999 page 65
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1999 page 18
  • Christian Century - 10/25/2000 page 1090
  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry - 01/01/2001 page 11
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 89

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Columbia University Press
Pages   365
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 6.33" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   1.44 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 25, 1999
Publisher   Columbia University Press
Age  22
Edition  New  
ISBN  0231108702  
ISBN13  9780231108706  

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Chester Gillis is associate professor of Theology and Catholic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is the author of A Question of Final Belief and Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology.

Chester Gillis currently resides in the state of District Of Columbia. Chester Gillis was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Georgetown University.

Chester Gillis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Columbia Contemporary American Religion (Paperback)

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Roman Catholicism
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Church History

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Professor Chester Gillis' Roman Catholicism in America  Jun 16, 2000
This is one of the outstanding books on theology of the twentieth century by Professor Gillis of Georgetown University. It is not merely a description but a comparison and analysis of issues, such as Mission versus Maintenance which is an in-depth study of paradoxes between the mission of the church and the maintenance of the bureaucracy and structure. Nobody is expected to accept both sides or all sides of issues, but the reader of any religion or even no religion will come away with an understanding of unique features of Roman Catholicism such as the protection of the connection between the human and the Divine which the institution of Priests and Sisters provides. Buddhism and Hinduism have a different way of protecting this connection, and Judaism and Islam and the Protestant Faith have their own ways. Perhaps there is hope in this Amerian melting pot, that by comparing good experiences the good lives on and the evil is buried. This is why I only review good books.
An essential text for a serious study of Roman Catholicism.  Mar 5, 2000
Roman Catholicism in America is an essential text for any thorough study of Roman Catholicism: it examines the religion within the context of American culture, with scholar Gillis examining the major religious concepts, individuals, and principles of Roman Catholics. An interdisciplinary approach allows for the consideration of various Catholic experiences and influences.
Excellent  Dec 13, 1999
Chester Gillis delights readers with his historical thoroughness and timeless ancedotes on Catholicism in America. As a former student of his at Georgetown, I am not suprised. Thank you, Professor Gillis.
A valuable compendium of information about Catholicism.  Aug 11, 1999
Is there a Catholic equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize? If so, I nominate Chester Gillis' book for serious consideration. Gillis has done a masterful and complete study of his subject, offering a wealth of detail, with inside information and insights which could be given only by one thoroughly at home with his topic. Personal glimpses of the powerful and the not-so-powerful people in the church flesh out the statistical data, making the account as real, as vital, as conversations with Catholic neighbors down the block. The author explains religious doctrines and practices in a clear, concise style; he has a no-nonsense approach to even debatable matters; and his logic, rhetoric,and organization are impeccable. Any pastors, pastoral ministers, or directors of Adult Study Groups take notice: if you disregard this excellent book, you miss an opportunity for an enriching, unparallelled experience!
A thorough, yet not too academic summary, suitable for all.  Jul 17, 1999
This is the kind of book ordinary people will like. It is complete, but not so detailed that the reader would lose the main thought. Mr. Gillis poses questions the "man or woman in the street" has pondered, but never had answered before; and he doesn't try to evade or white-wash problems or controversies. He gives credit to the simple, ordinary people who try to live their lives in accord with the laws of God, in simple faith and in caring service to their neighbors. The book makes me feel good about all the truly good people out there--people who work and struggle to find meaning in their lives. Mr. Gillis has done us all a great favor in showing the difficulties others have gone through, yet still kept trying.

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