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An Introduction to Catholicism
     

An Introduction to Catholicism

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by Lawrence S. Cunningham
 

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ISBN-10: 0521608554

ISBN-13: 9780521608558

Pub. Date: 02/16/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Vatican. The Inquisition. Contraception. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the news. But what do its 1 billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice in worship, in the family, and in society?

This down-to-earth account goes back to the early Christian creeds to

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The Vatican. The Inquisition. Contraception. Celibacy. Apparitions and miracles. Plots and scandals. The Catholic Church is seldom out of the news. But what do its 1 billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice in worship, in the family, and in society?

This down-to-earth account goes back to the early Christian creeds to uncover the roots of modern Catholic thinking. It avoids getting bogged down in theological technicalities, and throws light on aspects of the church's institutional structure and liturgical practice that even Catholics can find baffling. Why go to confession? How are people made saints? What is "infallible" about the Pope? Topics addressed include:

scripture and tradition

popular piety

reform, mission, and interreligious dialogue

sacraments and prayer

personal and social morality

Lawrence S. Cunningham, a theologian, prize-winning writer, and university teacher, provides an overview of Catholicism today which will be indispensable for undergraduates and lay study groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521608558
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Series:
Introduction to Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
924,608
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vi

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 The many meanings of Catholicism 1

2 Roman Catholicism 23

3 Being Catholic: Some typologies 49

4 Catholicism in place and time 75

5 Catholic worship 100

6 The rule of faith 124

7 Catholic spirituality 147

8 The missionary character of Catholicism 172

9 Catholic reformation(s) 195

10 The moral life 219

11 The contemporary Catholic Church 241

12 Reading Catholicism: Bibliographical resources 269

Index 276

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