Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored

Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored

by George Weigel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0066213304

ISBN-13: 9780066213309

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

What does being a Catholic mean? Is there a distinctively Catholic way of seeing things? What does the Catholic Church teach about the human condition -- about our lives, our loves, and our destiny? In The Truth of Catholicism, best-selling author George Weigel explores these perennial questions through the prism of ten contemporary controversies.

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What does being a Catholic mean? Is there a distinctively Catholic way of seeing things? What does the Catholic Church teach about the human condition -- about our lives, our loves, and our destiny? In The Truth of Catholicism, best-selling author George Weigel explores these perennial questions through the prism of ten contemporary controversies.

The Catholic Church may be the most controversial institution in the world. Some find its teachings inexplicable, puzzling, even cruel. George Weigel suggests that we look at Catholicism and its controversies from "inside" the convictions that make those controversies not only possible, but necessary The truths of Catholicism then come into clearer focus as affirmations and celebrations of human life and human love, even as they challenge us to imagine a daring future for humanity and for ourselves.

Is Jesus uniquely the savior of the world? Does belief in God limit our freedom? What are we doing when we pray? Is the moral life about rules or about happiness? Doesn't suffering contradict the biblical claim that God is good? How does the Catholic Church think about other Christians and about other great world religions? Are Catholics safe for democracy? What will become of us? In an engaging, accessible style, George Weigel leads us through these and other questions into the truth of Catholicism: the truth about a God passionately in love with his creation, the truth about a love that creates a vast, liberating terrain on which to live a fully human life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780066213309
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

An Invitation to Come Inside1
1.Is Jesus the Only Savior? Christ and the Conquest of Our Fears5
The Two Things Jesus Reveals7
Getting the Story Straight10
An Outrage?13
Living Beyond Fear16
2.Does Belief in God Demean Us? Liberation and the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus19
Rumors of Angels23
God: Fatherhood and Mercy27
The Trinity29
God Beyond "Spirituality"32
3.Liberal Church? Conservative Church? Why Catholicism Is Not a "Denomination," and What That Means35
The Church as a "Communion"40
Called and Sent43
Formed in the Image of Mary45
Archaeology Teaches a Lesson47
Liberating Doctrine50
4.Where Do We Find the "Real World"? Liturgy and the Extraordinary Ordinary53
"Shining from Shook Foil"56
God's Work59
The Priest as Icon65
Prayer and God's Thirst for Us69
5.How Should We Live? The Moral Life and the Laws That Liberate72
Fitness for Beatitude76
Freedom for Excellence77
The Law That Liberates80
Conscience and the Primacy of Truth83
But What About Compassion?87
A Word About Confession89
6.How Should We Love? Celebrating the Gift of Sex92
What Sex Teaches Us About Ourselves95
What Sex Teaches Us About God98
Is It Just Too Much?103
Engaging the Issues104
7.Why Do We Suffer? Redeeming the World and Its Pain112
No Accidents115
Redemptive Suffering117
Weakness and Strength120
The Vocation of Suffering123
The Final Act125
8.What About the Rest of the World? Other Christians, Other Religions127
Christ Creates Unity131
Christians and Jews: A Divinely Mandated Entanglement137
Who Is Saved? How?143
Why Bother with Missions?146
9.Is Catholicism Safe for Democracy? Living Freedom for Excellence in Public150
Making Democrats154
The Foundations of the House of Freedom157
The Life Issues: Abortion and Euthanasia161
10.What Will Become of Us? Saints and the Human Future168
St. Everyone171
Prime Numbers, and the Rest of Us174
Miracles and Modernity177
A Choice of Worlds179
Notes181
Acknowledgments195

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