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Overview The highly-praised author of A Concise History of the Catholic Church presents a basic course in the teachings of Catholicism as seen in their historical development--the book for the questioning Catholic. Who is Jesus? What is papal infallibility? What does the Church say about marriage and divorce? This is a book, says Bokenkotter "for the Catholic who wants to think through his or her faith".
Formerly "Essential Catholicism," this book has been retitled to reflect how, through the centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has evolved in many aspects of its teaching. The new title also reflects how theologians today grapple with ever new ways of understanding many facets of Catholic belief and practice. Who is Jesus? Or Mary? Who are the saints? How are theologians trying to understand such topics as marriage, divorce, homosexuality? What of social justice? The relationship of conscience to papal authority? Thomas Bokenkotter masterfully shows how these questions and many others have been answered in different ways through the centuries. He also translates the latest theological writings on these topics into plain language. "My aim," he says, "has been to sift through and select what seems most helpful and enlightening for those who seek an understanding of the essentials of Catholicism today." Here, then, is a book for all Catholics -- those assured in their belief and those questioning it.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 1986
ISBN 0385232438 ISBN13 9780385232432
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More About Bokenkotter
Thomas Bokenkotter is the author of the bestselling A Concise History of the Catholic Church. With a doctorate in history (Louvain University) he teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is also the pastor of Assumption Church there and is active in the social ministry, running a soup kitchen that he founded twenty years ago and a transitional living facility for homeless women and children.
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A compendium of Roman Catholicism in Transition Oct 9, 2004
Author's theme: A concise but comprehensive compendium of Roman Catholicism, doctrine and tradition presented by an established ecclesiastical historian and doctrinal peritus who provided a well researched, thorough examination of the issues of integral Catholic thought and progressive belief in transition through the last century and its historic roots. The author Thomas Bokenkotter is a parish priest, and instructor at Xavier University, Cincinnati.
Book overview: Fr. Bokenkotter advances his catechetical apology in five main parts starting with basic fundamentals of process theology; religion, theism, revelation, faith. Part II deals with christology; person and message, resurrection,& incarnation. part III defends the Churchand its authority, infallability, icons of mary & saints. Part IV discusses worship, sacraments, baptism, eucharist, penance, Marriage & divorce, priesthood. Concluding with part V on Christian daily life, morality, sin, sex, social justice, bioehics, and destiny.
Historical dogmatic evolution: The knowledgeable and affluent author of the History of the Roman Catholic Church masterfully exposes the historical evolution of the Church's teachings of pre to post Vatican II Catholicism as seen in their theological-historical development. He tries to be impartial, having in his mind that he addresses those issues in an audience brought up in a mostly Protestant America. Bokenkotter summarizes scholastic thought of Ansalm and Aquinas, inviting some of the most influential contemporary thinkers to debate them including; Kung, Rahner, and Schillebeeckx. Meanwhile he could not ignore Calvin, Luther, and Barth since he has to defend the main issues that the reformers criticized.
Reviewers Reactions: In theology you can be rational, but hardly impartial, and that is why the this site.com reviewers conceived the book controversially. "A lot of the material in the book describes not what the church is all about, but rather 'what some people think' the church is all about." Steven K. Szmutko "Dynamic Catholicism by Thomas Bokenkotter is a breath of fresh air. ... I want my faith to be like that of the thief that hung next to Christ and believed He was the Son of God. A faith based on the risen Christ that I can express with the Apostles or Nicene Creed and I don't have to be worried about all the other rules and regulations created by a group of people who's opinions change with time (albeit centuries). " Tom Blasi "While the core truths of the Catholic Church do not change, Dynamic Catholicism outlines one thinker's view on how the interpretation and emphasis of various teachings evolve with historical context. ... Even the most conservative of Catholics must accept that the human element in the Church is capable of error by act or omission, even blunder, when viewed through the lense of historical hind sight." "gbortnyk" "This book provided wonderful insight into the breadth and diversity of the Catholic Church. I understand and agree with the concept of strong central control of the Church. The core beliefs are what they are and it seems ridiculous that the congregation should "vote" on the catachism." "scutchen" "Dynamic Catholicism is an example of poor Church historical scholarship. It contains just enough facts mixed with great personal interpretation written in an engaging style to make it a highly misleading book. For the person who wants to understand what Catholics believe and how these beliefs were articulated through time--this is not the book to read." "tnotare" "I enjoy reading Bokenkotter, his writing style is quite enjoyable. Nonetheless, his content is predictable: quite liberal, too much so in fact. Dynamic Catholicism is deficient as a clear presentation of the Catholic Faith. There are also, I believe, seriously insulting remarks made about Catholics of previous generations." AKKTER3
Catholicism is not Totally Monolithic May 28, 2004
This book was recommended to me as I was going through RCIA, as was A Concise History of the Catholic Church. I read them both. They have different purposes. This book provided wonderful insight into the breadth and diversity of the Catholic Church. I understand and agree with the concept of strong central control of the Church. The core beliefs are what they are and it seems ridiculous that the congregation should "vote" on the catachism. But that does not mean that the way each person relates to his faith cannot be different. This book helped me to feel comfortable that there was room under the Catholic tent for me.
Not a "catechism," but a valuable perspective Jan 12, 2002
While the core truths of the Catholic Church do not change, Dynamic Catholicism outlines one thinker's view on how the interpretation and emphasis of various teachings evolve with historical context. I would not characterize Dynamic Catholicism a "catechism" per se, but a "perspective," and should be taken as an opinion on, not a definition of Catholicism. I find its value is enhanced when juxtaposed with its criticism, pro and con. Even the most conservative of Catholics must accept that the human element in the Church is capable of error by act or omission, even blunder, when viewed through the lense of historical hind sight. Pope John-Paul II himself has issued regrets for some of these human errors in recent years, which is in itself an implicit example of the dynamic nature of Catholicism. I found Dynamic Catholicism refreshing as a perspective.
Yes, buy and read this book, and a dozen others as well to get differing perspectives. Catholicism is the richest religious tradition ever, in my estimation, where even its faults are instructive as reflections of human nature in the historical context. Its dynamic evolution of understanding and expression is a reflection of the human's capacity to grow over time. Its teachings, intellectual debates and struggles are most valuable and challenging -- a fantastic Way to meld faith, intellect and human purpose.
A Layman's view of what really is Dynamic Apr 27, 2000
Dynamic Catholicism by Thomas Bokenkotter is a breath of fresh air. When I have shared the title of this book with friends and told them I thought it is a great book they may want to read, they say "Catholicism --- dynamic?" It's inconceivable, to my circle anyway, to put those 2 words together positively. However, I feel it's a book that opens the windows of time and humanity and allows a review of historical events and how they shaped what we now call Catholicism which is still growing under Vatican II.
It appears that a lot of folks think that the reference in the Nicene Creed to "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church means 'their' Catholic church. A sincere reading of Dynamic Catholicism will clearly expose that attitude to be very narrow and uninformed. We could just use one example to make this point. Christianity (Catholicism) before Emperor Constantine verses after Constantine made Christianity the state religion. Before and after, is it still valid Catholicism / Christianity?
Oh, here's another : the dialogue that was engaged in by Luther, Calvin and others and the Roman Catholic Heirarchy in their day. Were they all wrong, some of them partly wrong or did they all really care about the practices of faith in their time?
I want my faith to be like that of the thief that hung next to Christ and believed He was the Son of God. A faith based on the risen Christ that I can express with the Apostles or Nicene Creed and I don't have to be worried about all the other rules and regulations created by a group of people who's opinions change with time (albeit centuries).
I can now be free in Jesus' Love and not bogged down by the 'laws' which He came to set us free from in the first place. This book has helped me struggle for the faith.
Let all the modern day Pharisees lighten up and let the Holy Spirit do His work in the spirit of love and understanding that Jesus' promised us before He left this earth.
Amen Brothers and Sisters
Not Quite Up to Speed Feb 9, 2000
Unlike Bokenkatter's Concise History of the Catholic Church, I found Dynamic Catholicism a bit lacking in terms of factual information. A lot of the material in the book describes not what the church is all about, but rather "what some people think the church is all about." I realize that a one volume book is certainly not as exhaustive as a more comprehensive study of the various aspects of the church; however, there should have been a little more specificity as to the what is official church teaching, versus what is popular opinion. While engagingly written, a little more scholarly dissemination and less "popular" opinion would have been more beneficial.