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Overview This popular faith primer and handy companion for all who wish to know more about the Catholic faith now corresponds with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is arranged along the four pillars of the Catechism: The Profession of Faith, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer. Questions for discussion are presented. Prayer exercises help the reader understand that knowledge of the faith draws one closer to the Lord. This catechism is specifically designed for Catholic adults, for those new to the church, and those journeying through the RCIA.
Publishers Description This popular Catholic faith primer for adults corresponds with the four pillars of the Catechism and includes discussion questions and prayer exercises to draw the reader closer to the Lord through knowledge of the faith. Perfect for RCIA and high school religion classes.
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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1998
Publisher AVE MARIA PRESS #554
ISBN 0877936536 ISBN13 9780877936534
Reviews - What do customers think about This Is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults?
This Is Our Faith Nov 5, 2006
Very good for group study. I like this book better than the Why Catholic series.
Good summary of Catholic thought. Jun 10, 2006
While not the most original work in the field of Dogmatics and Catechetical work, this is a concise and approachable book that would serve nicely as a reference guide for those who find the official Catechism too dry or difficult to read. What is nice about this volume is that there is Catechism reference numbers that correspond to the subjects Pennock addresses at a given point in the book for those who wish to research further.
Having looked at many "Introductions to Catholicism" in order to better recommend books to those inquiring about a simple reference book to better understand their faith, I have found that this works well as both an introduction to Catholic faith and as an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The simple Question and Answer format allows for this book to be "taken it at your own pace".
Great book to tell you what, perhaps not as great for why. Jan 9, 2002
I thought this book did a wonderful job of explaining Catholic beliefs in a straightfoward manner. It touches on pretty much every topic that you could be interested in, and I especially like its question-and-answer format. I believe that one of the best aspects of this book is that, for the most part, you can skip around. If you just have questions about the sacrament of marriage for instance, you can just read that chapter to get your information; it doesn't depend too heavily on all the chapters before it (although everything leading up to it is certainly important also, specifically things like the basis of the Catholic faith) What I don't feel is covered as well is the reasoning behind the beliefs. In many sections of the book, references are made to the bible as well as various papers the Vatican has composed. However, I feel that many of the topics warrant much more information about the history behind them, how certain decisions were made, etc. After thinking about it though, I think perhaps that is outside the author's intention for this book; I'm sure someone could write a book on the history of each topic alone. Ultimately, this is a great no-nonsense book about the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic church. You'll have to look elsewhere to find out WHY they believe and teach it, though.
Used in my RCIA class, I found it exceedingly helpful. Mar 4, 2001
I have recently been enrolled in RCIA classes, leading to full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter. Being a new student of Catholicism, I found this book to be an ESSENTIAL companion to the Catechism, as it offers explanations that are far easier to comprehend than those contained in official Vatican documents.
Regardless, many life-long Catholics who are in my RCIA class as sponsors believe that the book is an essential tract to read to gain a fuller understanding of Catholicism.
Excellent introduction to Catholicism...ideal for RCIA Dec 10, 2000
We have been using "This is our Faith" by Michael Francis Pennock in our RCIA class. Written in a simple and direct style, "This is our Faith" is an eminently readable and highly accessible introduction to Catholic teaching and theology. Pennock divided the text into four sections that parallel those of the Catechism: The Profession of Faith, focusing on the creeds; The Celebration of the Christian Mystery, which focuses on liturgy and the sacraments; Life in Christ, which emphasizes Christian morals; and Christian Prayer. Individual chapters consist mostly of Questions and answers--making "This is our Faith" sort of a FAQ for Catholics. Each question is cross-referenced to the Catechism. Curiously, the teachers of my RCIA class sort of discourage us from reading the Catechism. (Is that typical?) But I like having the cross-references so that I can follow up where the text doesn't provide enough detail. Pennock's theology seems sound and conventional, yet he reflects both traditional church teaching and current thinking. Anyone in RCIA ought to pick up "This is our Faith."