Understanding Catholicism / Edition 2

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This book is specifically addressed to "people who worry when they have questions about their faith or when they begin to realize that the old explanations, which were good enough before, no longer seem to offer coherent meaning." Eleven succinct chapters touch on the central tenets of Catholic belief, outlining the historical conditions from which they arose and showing how they nourish the religious search of thoughtful people today. The text, originally published in 1981, has been completely revised and updated for readers in a new century.

Examines all the great Catholic doctrines, showing the histroical conditions they arose from, and the meaning they have in the religious search of today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140633
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 609,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Faith and Understanding: Sources and Resources 1
I. Human Life before God 13
1. God Revealed as Powerful Compassion 15
2. Creation in God's Image 29
3. Sin and Sinfulness 43
II. Jesus, the Compassion of God 59
4. Jesus, Savior and Son of God 61
5. The Death of Jesus, Our Liberation 83
6. The Resurrection, Foundation for Our Hope 103
III. The Spirit in the Church 113
7. The Church as Communion and Institution 115
8. The Fragrance of the Spirit in the Sacraments 138
9. Newness of Life in the Gift of the Spirit 160
IV. The Mystery of the End 171
10. The Kingdom of Heaven and the World to Come 173
11. The Triune God of Christian Faith 186
Index 195
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