Item description for Why Do Catholics Do That?: A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church by Kevin Orlin Johnson...
Overview In Why Do Catholics Do That?, renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including: How the Church Makes Laws The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament The Cycle of Redemption A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass Decoding Symbols of Scripture and the Sacraments The Calendar as the Image of Christ's Life The Rosary The Stations of the Cross Monks, Nuns, and the Rules That Guide Them The Pope The Laity in the Modern World Saints Fatima, Lourdes, and the Story of Apparitions The Vatican: A Holy City The Sign of the Cross, Christianity's Best-Known Symbol Candles in Prayer and Liturgy The Meaning of the Nativity Scene Why Do Catholics Do That? blends religious history and a deep appreciation for art with an enlightened reverence for tradition. This is the definitive resource for all who wish to better understand the rituals and symbols of the Catholic faith.
Publishers Description In "Why Do Catholics Do That?" renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including: * How the Church Makes Laws * The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament * The Cycle of Redemption * A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass * Decoding Symbols of Scripture and the Sacraments * The Calendar as the Image of Christ's Life * The Rosary * The Stations of the Cross * Monks, Nuns, and the Rules That Guide Them * The Pope * The Laity in the Modern World * Saints * Fatima, Lourdes, and the Story of Apparitions * The Vatican: A Holy City * The Sign of the Cross, Christianity's Best-Known Symbol * Candles in Prayer and Liturgy * The Meaning of the Nativity Scene Blending religious history, a deep appreciation for art and culture, and an enlightened reverence for the traditions of the Church, "Why Do Catholics Do That?" is the definitive resource for any one who wants to learn more about the rituals, symbols, and traditions that can strengthen our faith every day. "Johnson offers lucid explanations of a dizzying array of customs and beliefs." "--Publishers Weekly"
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 1995
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345397266 ISBN13 9780345397263
Reviews - What do customers think about Why Do Catholics Do That??
Great Catholic Book Jan 31, 2007
This book is one of the great books that explained why Catholic people do certain things. It explains the tradition in the Catholic Church. As Catholic, the book helped me to understand why we believe in certain things, and why we do certain things. It is similar to the Catholic Answer books. I recommend that book to any catholic who is trying to understand the church and faith more. It helps to have stronger faith.I also recommend it to non Catholics to know that the Catholic Church did not invent the tradition. It has been like that since Peter, and it will go on forever.
Led me to conversion Dec 28, 2006
This is an excellently written book--in fact, hard to put down. Mr. Johnson uses subtle humor and a readily accessible style that makes for less dry reading than most books on the topic. As a person who had been asked to consider Catholicism, but who had many misgivings and misconceptions, I found this answered most of my initial questions. As a result of reading it, I enrolled in RCIA, and am joining the Catholic Church. Recommended to all Christian seekers.
Fantastic book for anyone Aug 25, 2006
I became a full member of the Catholic church this Easter after years of searching and trying everything else and I can truly say that I have peace, finally. This book is a great read because it crystallizes what every Catholic intrinsically knows about the Church and it introduces the Catholic faith to everyone else. I have so much more insight and a greater understanding and appreciation of the Church's contribution throughout history. Dr. Johnson witty explanations make it all the more interesting a read!
A potential convert's perspective May 9, 2006
This book is a good, solid overview of Catholicism. It's light reading, and could stand to go into more detail, but it accomplishes its objective of hitting on most of the distinctive characterictics of the religion. It's blessed by the Church also, so you can be assured that its discussion of doctrine is sound.
Church history for laymen Apr 30, 2006
I chose this book when looking for instruction on doctrine, but instead found an amazing book about Church History. I could not put it down! Easily readable with subtle humor, the depth of information was staggering. Being a Catholic, I cannot comment on the the take people of other religions would have, but I assume that at the very least the history would be interesting. A great book for Catholics and I will definitely have my children read this book when they are high school age. The facinating presentation of information in this book makes on want to explore deeper from the books from the author's extensive reference list.