Item description for We Believe...: A Survey of the Catholic Faith : Revised and Cross-Referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Oscar Lukefahr & Justin Rigali...
Overview Explores: The Bible as a Faith History; How Catholics Interpret the Bible; The Life and Teachings of Jesus; Church History/Tradition; and more. Thought-provoking activities and questions for group discussion or individual reflection are included at the end of each chapter.
Publishers Description Explores: The Bible as a Faith History; How Catholics Interpret the Bible; The Life and Teachings of Jesus; Church History/Tradition; and more. Thought-provoking activities and questions for group discussion or individual reflection are included at the end of each chapter. "Paperback"
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Father Oscar Lukefahr, with more than forty years experience as a religious educator, is one of America's most popular interpreters of the Catholic faith. He is the author of numerous books, preaches parish missions, and is dedicated to helping Catholics develop a clear understanding of their faith in an interesting and enjoyable manner.
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Awesome Primer on The Faith Feb 20, 2008
Father Lukefahr writes very easy-to-read books on the Catholic Faith and follows them up with workbooks that test your comprehension. This primary volume of his works is far easier that reading the Catechism itself. Father Lukefahr's warmth, knowledge, and love of souls comes through on every page. His books should be on every Christian's bookshelf!
a favorite May 21, 2007
This is a favorite book of mine, I just gave one away, to a young man leaving for Iraq, so this is a replacement. I use it often in teaching and recommend it for personal use for those who like to study on their own, or who can't get to regular meetings or study groups. All of Fr. Lukefahr books are helpful in learning and teaching about the faith.
Catholicism In Layman's Terms Mar 16, 2007
While you can find no greater authority on the beliefs in the Catholic faith like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "We Believe..." is a wonderful starting point for non-Catholics interested in Catholicism and for any Catholic looking to "freshen up" their wisdom of the Church. Fr. Oscar Lukefahr breaks down the Catechism into easily digestable chapters divided into the main divisions of the Catechism, those being Belief, Worship, Christian Life, and Prayer. Each chapter gives a solid, Catechetical and Biblical explanation of its specific topic.
Fr. Lukefahr does a wonderful job of explaining things without losing the reader's attention by going into deep theological points. He provides plenty of cross-references in the Catechism that one can (and probably should) check out to see just where certain beliefs are derived.
Overall, this is a wonderful introductory look at the faith of Catholics. If you are not Catholic and just want know what we believe or if you're interested in joining the Church, this would be a wonderful place to start your journey. I was unaware of this book whenever I went through the RCIA process. This would have been a wonderful book to have back then.
As another reviewer has stated, there's a workbook full of multiple-choice and true/false questions available to those who want an even deeper study of the Catholic faith available for this book. I used it and it greatly enhances the reading experience. I highly recommend this book and its workbook companion.
A Scholarly Analysis for Non-Scholars Jan 10, 2007
As others have posted, "We Believe" is truly a resource for anyone interested in Catholicism. It should be added, however, that Father Lukefahr has a natural ability to write for his audience.
Most clergy are very well educated and spend years obtaining multiple advanced degrees. Although this may make them experts in their fields, somewhere along the way they also obtain a dialect that their flock no longer understands. "We Believe" is written in layman's terms which allows the reader to actually digest the material rather than chew on it for days in an attempt to acquire the flavor of it.
The material has been here for over 2000 years. Father Lukefahr simply has a knack of presenting it in a manner that makes it all seem new.
The "Reader's Digest" of Catholic catechisms Dec 20, 2004
Fr. Lukefahr's orthodox little catechism has proved to be a valuable guide to the Faith since it was first published ten years ago. The most recent version is fully indexed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and includes suggestions for further reading and reflection.
The advantage of this catechism vs. others available is that it doesn't merely replicate the CCC, but rather provides details interesting to the lightly catechized or new Catholic. (Fr. Lukefahr's highly-recommended "The Catechism Handbook" is in fact an abbreviated CCC.) For instance, in the chapters on the New Testament, Fr. Lukefahr includes the findings of authentic Catholic scholarship on the identity of the evangelists and apostles but excludes fads popular in less orthodox circles.
He also explains things like the importance of the "priesthood of the faithful" without diminishing the unique role of the ordained priesthood in the life of the Church. Unfortunately, many other guides to the Faith either blur or confuse such teachings.
Much like that other master catechist Fr. Alfred McBride, Fr. Lukefahr purposely writes at a "Reader's Digest" level of sophistication. At roughly 200 pages, the book is an ideal text for an RCIA class or program of self-study.
Readers can enroll in a free "We Believe ..." home study course by "Googling" the words "Fr. Lukefahr" and "Catholic home study".