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Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation is a contemporary, scripture-rich, and dramatically visual exploration of the Catholic faith for young adults. With its engaging style, full-color graphics, and interesting sidebar articles, Ascend covers the basics of Christianity from a viewpoint that is Catholic yet ecumenically minded. There are chapter profiles on Christian role models from both ancient and modern times, and informative discussions of contemporary events from a Christian perspective. Discussion...
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Overview

Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation is a contemporary, scripture-rich, and dramatically visual exploration of the Catholic faith for young adults. With its engaging style, full-color graphics, and interesting sidebar articles, Ascend covers the basics of Christianity from a viewpoint that is Catholic yet ecumenically minded. There are chapter profiles on Christian role models from both ancient and modern times, and informative discussions of contemporary events from a Christian perspective. Discussion questions and book recommendations are included for each chapter; there is also an extensive glossary. Though oriented to young adults, Ascend provides an overview of Christianity that will appeal to all ages, Christians and non-Christians alike.
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This laudable effort to make the Catholic faith understandable and appealing to young adults labors mightily to sound hip and cool, but it suffers from an oversimplified style that could alienate more thoughtful young seekers. In their attempt to take the Catholic faith down to the basics, Stoltz and Tomkovicz, both deacons in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, write in a way that may strike some readers as rudimentary. For example, in the introduction, they use a footnote to explain their subsequent use of footnotes. The authors also seem uncertain about the age group they are addressing. While “young adult” typically refers to collegians and recent college graduates, the introduction at one point suggests the audience may be raising children and thus would be slightly older. The book's positive features include its organization into short chapters with sidebars, the inclusion of a glossary of terms and treatment of questions like “I read The Da Vinci Code. Don't the facts in this book show Christianity is a lie?” The authors also effectively use cultural references to convey some points. This book will work best for those who know lots about culture and little about Catholicism. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809146215
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Love, Grace, and Peace to You xi

How to Use This Book xii

1 God Speaks to a Longing in the Human Heart: Knowledge of God and Revelation 1

Profile: Abraham 2

Backstory: A Look at the Major World Religions 3

In the Media: Extraterrestrial Life 4

2 From Age to Age God Gathers a People to Himself: The Hebrew Testament (Old Testament) 7

Backstory: What Is the Bible? 9

In the Media: Evolution 10

Profile: Hosea 11

3 Revelation Is Alive and Working in Our Own Lives: Scripture and Tradition 13

Backstory: How the Canon of Scripture Came About 15

In the Media: Bible Translations 16

Profile: Moses 17

4 God Believes in Us Before We Believe in Him: Faith 19

Profile: Paul 20

Backstory: A Christian Manifesto 21

In the Media: Atheism 22

5 God Is Love: God the Father 25

Backstory: Experiencing the Trinity in Our Lives 26

Profile: Josephine Bakhita 27

In the Media: Spiritual but Not Religious 28

6 Jesus Changes the World: The Son of God 31

Profile: The Samaritan Woman 32

Backstory: All You Need Is Love 33

In the Media: The Da Vinci Code 34

7 The Breath of God Gives Life: The Holy Spirit 37

In the Media: Speaking in Tongues 38

Backstory: How You Can Be a Wise Person 39

Profile: Stephen 40

8 The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now: Teachings and Ministry of Jesus 43

In the Media: An Eye for an Eye 45

Backstory: The Upside-Down World of the Beatitudes 46

Profile: Peter 47

9 God Always Wins: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus 49

Backstory: Is Death Beautiful? 50

In the Media:Anti-Semitism 51

Profile: Mary Magdalene 52

10 We Don't Choose God; God Chooses Us: Grace, Free Will, and Sin 55

Backstory: The Struggle between Good and Evil 57

In the Media: Punishment on Earth 58

Profile: Dietrich Bonhoeffer 59

11 How We Show Respect to God: The Great Commandment and the Ten Commandments 1-3 61

In the Media: American Exceptionalism 63

Backstory: Afraid of God? 65

Profile: The Roman Martyrs 65

12 How We Act justly toward Others: The Great Commandment and the Ten Commandments 4-10 67

Profile: Thomas More 69

Backstory: God's Justice System 70

In the Media: The Death Penalty 71

13 We Are Made for Glory: Heaven and Hell 73

Profile: Joseph Bernardin 75

Backstory: How to Be Happy 75

In the Media: Ghosts and Mediums 76

14 God Invites Us to Conversation: Prayer 79

Profile: Teresa of Avila 81

Backstory: The Lord's Prayer 82

In the Media: The Prosperity Gospel 83

15 Following in the Footsteps of Jesus: Discipleship 85

Backstory: Service Is Standard Procedure, Not an Option 87

Profile: Francis & Clare of Assisi 88

In the Media: The Environment and Animal Rights 89

16 We Are the Body of Christ: The Church 91

In the Media: Christian Nation 93

Backstory: Christianity Is Wounded and Divided 94

Profile: John XXIII 96

17 We Are Each Called to Serve: Church Ministries and Roles 99

Backstory: The Good News 102

In the Media: Clerical Abuse 104

Profile: Teresa of Kolkata 105

18 The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: Social Justice 107

In the Media: War and Peace 109

Bacbtory: The Prophets and Their Message to Us 110

Profile: Bartolome de las Casas 111

19 We Have Died to Sin and Risen to a New Life: The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist 113

Backstory: We Are Saved as a Community 116

In the Media: Baptism by Immersion 117

Profile: Matteo Ricci 118

20 God Calls Each of Us to Our Own Way of Life: The Sacraments of Vocation: Marriage and Holy Orders 121

Profile: Ignatius of Loyola 123

Backstory: Vocation Is about Relationships 124

In the Media: Celibacy 125

21 God Heals Us: The Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick 127

Profile: The Trappists of Tibhirine 129

Backstory: Does Suffering Have Meaning? 130

In the Media: Faith Healers 131

22 Our Celebration Knows No End: The Liturgy 133

Backstory: We Love to Celebrate and We Celebrate to Love 136

In the Media: Christmas Consumerism 137

Profile: Miguel Pro 138

23 We Stand on the Shoulders of Those Who Came Before Us: The Saints 141

Backstory: You Are Made to Be Holy 143

In the Media: Angels 144

Profile: Dorothy Day 145

24 She Pondered These Things in Her Heart: Mary 147

Profile: Joseph 149

Backstory: Our Spirits Rejoice in God Our Savior 150

In the Media: Apparitions of Mary 151

25 We Pass on a Gift of Great Price to Our Children: Raising Children in the Faith 153

Backstory: Should You Have Children? 155

In the Media: Annulments 156

Profile: Takashi Nagai 157

26 You Are the Light of the World: Current Issues 159

Backstory: Morality Is about Right and Wrong 162

In the Media: Islam 163

Profile: The Jesuits of the Guar am 164

27 We Open Ourselves to the Modern World: The Second Vatican Council 167

Backstory: Counter-Reformation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 169

In the Media: Schism 170

Profile: John Henry Newman 171

28 We Look Forward to the End of Time: The Second Coming 173

Backstory: Trust God 174

In the Media: The Rapture and Armageddon 175

Profile: Mychal Judge 176

Choose the Red Pill: The Dismissal 179

Profile: Black Elk 181

"Be Still" 185

Learn More 187

Profile: Thomas Merton 189

What Do You Really Think? Discussion Questions 197

Profile: Catherine of Siena 202

A Vocabulary of Faith: Glossary 207

Profile: Théresè of Lisieux 217

Sources 224

Image Credits 225

Acknowledgments 228

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