Catholicism Answer Book: The 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions

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The Roman Catholic Church-the largest branch of Christianity-claims a total of 1.086 billion baptized members around the globe and has been revered by millions of followers for thousands of years. Why?

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As religion continues to dominate the news, politics and society in general, more and more laypeople are looking for a reliable guide to understanding the beliefs and practices of each faith.

The Roman Catholic Church-the largest branch of Christianity-claims a total of 1.086 billion baptized members around the globe and has been revered by millions of followers for thousands of years. Why?

The Catholicism Answer Book answers 300 pivotal questions about one of the world's oldest religions. From the basic tenets of Christianity to the differences between a Catholic Bible and a Protestant Bible, readers can round out their knowledge on such inquiries as:

—What are the "lost" or "missing" books of the Bible?
—Why does it seem like Catholics worship Mary?
—What are the Last Things?
—Why confess to a priest when I can go directly to God?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402208065
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 12/10/2006
  • Series: Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 213,768
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, is pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Marysville, Pennsylvania) and St. Bernadette Catholic Churches (Duncannon, Pennsylvania). He is the current president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and also cohosts two weekly television and radio series on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Rev. Fr. Kenneth D. Brighenti, PhD, a native of New Britain, Connecticut, is pastor of Saint Ann Catholic Church (Raritan, New Jersey).He is the managing editor of Sapientia magazine and cohosts the weekly TV and radio series on EWTN, Crash Course in Catholicism, with Father Trigilio.

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Chapter 1
Who is God?

Question 1. How do we know there is a God?
The most obvious question anyone asks a believer is "How do you know God exists?" It's a simple question that has both a simple and a complicated answer. First, the easy part: faith is believing in something or someone you cannot see or believing in what cannot be proven. In other words, faith depends on not having any evidence; otherwise, it would not be faith. So those who believe in God or in a supreme being are taking the word of others or just trusting their own instincts that such an almighty divinity does exist. Many people, whether they are Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, whether Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, believe in God because they believe in the revealed Word of God, called Sacred Scripture or the Bible.
A more complicated answer is that Catholic Christianity does believe you can prove the existence of God. Reason can conclude that a supreme being exists and is necessary, but only faith (believing what cannot or is not known) tells us that there is but one God (monotheism). Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believe in only one God, and Christianity is the only of the three to believe that there are three Divine Persons in that one God. Human reason could never figure out the mystery of how there can be three persons but not three gods. Faith is needed to believe that doctrine, and some people never embrace that faith.

The fact that God exists can be known by reason alone, or it can be believed by faith. The ancient Greeks and Romans used philosophy (logic and reason) centuries before Christ to prove the existence of God or a supreme being. Saint Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic philosopher and theologian in the thirteenth century AD who used that same ancient reasoning to demonstrate the reasonableness of anyone "knowing" that God exists, regardless of whether or not they have faith. He showed that the existence of God can be proved by reason, but after that, one needed supernatural faith to believe the supernatural revelation about the nature of God (for example, the Trinity).

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Table of Contents

Section One: Creed-Catholic Doctrine
Chapter 1: Who Is God?
Chapter 2: Where in the Bible?
Chapter 3: Who Is Jesus?-
Chapter 4: What about Mary, the Mother of Jesus? -
Chapter 5: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell-

Section Two: Why Seven Sacraments?-Catholic Worship
Chapter 6: Divine Grace -
Chapter 7: Baptism and Confirmation -
Chapter 8: Penance and Anointing -
Chapter 9: Holy Orders and Matrimony -
Chapter 10: Eucharist and Communion-
Chapter 11: Sacramentals-

Section Three: Which Ten?-The Ten Commandments
Chapter 12: Moral Questions from a Catholic Perspective -
Chapter 13: Vice and Virtue -
Chapter 14: Sin-
Chapter 15: Controversial Moral Issues -
Chapter 16: Honoring God -
Chapter 17: Honoring Your Neighbor -

Section Four: Our Father-Our Prayer
Chapter 18: Prayer -
Chapter 19: Our Father or the Lord's Prayer-
Chapter 20: Hail Mary-
Chapter 21: Piety and Devotions -
Section Five: Yesterday and Today: Church History and Common Questions
Chapter 22: Church History -
Chapter 23: This and That -


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

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    I stumbled upon this book, and was skeptical at first thinking it may just be another version of 'Catholicism for Dummies'. However after thumbing through, I found myself unable to put it down, it deals with all of the big questions, in not just Catholicism but in any Christian religion, perhaps other religions as well. It was written very intelligently, backed up by scripture where needed and was surprising light and humorous at times. Originally I intended to browse through just the questions I was interested in. However, then I realized that there were questions to which I thought I knew the answer and only after reading through the chapter I realized I had much to understand. I recommend this book to every Christian who wants a better understanding of their faith and even those who dont believe, as a means to gain more knowledge of Christianity and to scatter all misconceptions.

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