Why Do Catholics Do That?

Why Do Catholics Do That?

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by Kevin Orlin Johnson
     
 

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In Why Do Catholics Do That? renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including:
* How the Church Makes Laws * The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament * The Cycle of Redemption * A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass *…  See more details below

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In Why Do Catholics Do That? renowned scholar and religion columnist Kevin Orlin Johnson answers the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs, including:
* How the Church Makes Laws * The Hard-Fought Genesis of the New Testament * The Cycle of Redemption * A Short Guide to the Meaning and Structure of the Mass * Decoding Symbols of Scripture and the Sacraments * The Calendar as the Image of Christ's Life * The Rosary * The Stations of the Cross * Monks, Nuns, and the Rules That Guide Them * The Pope * The Laity in the Modern World * Saints * Fatima, Lourdes, and the Story of Apparitions * The Vatican: A Holy City * The Sign of the Cross, Christianity's Best-Known Symbol * Candles in Prayer and Liturgy * The Meaning of the Nativity Scene

Blending religious history, a deep appreciation for art and culture, and an enlightened reverence for the traditions of the Church, Why Do Catholics Do That? is the definitive resource for any one who wants to learn more about the rituals, symbols, and traditions that can strengthen our faith every day.

"Johnson offers lucid explanations of a dizzying array of customs and beliefs."
--Publishers Weekly


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307803443
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
2 MB

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Why Do Catholics Do That? 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent resource your parish's library or your own home library. Kevin Orlin Johnson, Ph.D. is a renowned scholar and religion columnist. In his book 'Why Do Catholics Do That?' he guides the reader through the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. The four main sections of the book cover faith, worship, culture, and customs. Subtopics include how the Church makes laws, a short guide to the meaning of the Mass, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, the Pope, the laity in the modern world, saints, Marian apparitions, sacramentals, etc. Dr. Johnson takes the reader on a fascinating journey to a better understanding of the rituals and symbols of the Catholic faith. Includes footnotes and an extensive suggested reading list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice read, humorous, interesting and informative. Very glad I purchased this book and added it to my collection of books on religion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit I approached this book with high expectations, but it fell short none the less. As a student of religion in the academic sense I was hoping that the author would approach the subject from an academic point of view, allowing the reader the chance to understand some of the customs and where they came from. Instead the author has approached the subject from a position that is clearly biased. I have no problems with anyone's religion of choice however it can be difficult when the author writes certain 'truths' according to the Church that are not supported by academic concensus. Additionally I felt that this book was much more appropriate for someone who already knew a little bit about the Catholic religion and not for someone who knew very little. You will notice that many of the reviewers that enjoyed this book said that they were Catholic (again, not stated as a reproach but as a simple fact) and I think this might have led to them following the book in a way a non-Catholic might have struggled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read and enjoyable. It is not a deep treaties of the mysteries of the faith but an overview of the culture and faith with enjoyable histories, culture, and lore. I highly recommend it for converts like myself.
P_Reader More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for Catholics and non-Catholics. It explains so many of the beliefs, practices, and customs of Catholics in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for demystifying the Church in such a carefree and humourous manner which made the book such a pleasant read. I am a lover of the humanities and all that is beautiful. I was not religious, but I was drawned by the Catholic church for its beauty, elegance, and grace; its air of sophistication and the artistic flair with which it conducts its rituals. I am a lover of simple living and high thinking. I was drawn by the Church for its intellect and simplicity; its humility and the humble way in which it cares for the poor and neglected. I did not believe in any religion per se. But as a mother of a 3-year-old, I felt I needed a place of worship in an attempt to provide my son with a sense of stability and community. I bought the book in an attempt to understand the rituals of the religion I wanted to join. What I learned from the book were the answers to the questions I thought there were no answers to. I had decided to join the Church in spite of its perceived faults and out of nothing better to join. Now I am joining the Church for its authenticity and the truths that it teaches. Now, my most important goal in life is to live in a manner that is pleasing to God according to the teachings of the Catholic church.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent resource and starting point to do further study of the customs of the Catholic Church. This boook will be informative even to many cradle Catholics as to the origins of many rituals and rules of the Church.
stewardship More than 1 year ago
A very good book capturing some of the essence of the Catholic Tradition and the reasoning behind the Traditions. Refutes a lot of the protestant criticisms and explains why those criticisms came about. A good synopsis
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I really enjoyed this book. Very informative.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Christian and I have cousins who are Catholic and I've been to their church a couple of times and they did things I didn't understand so I'm buying this book in hope that I will understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Answers queston from new and old Catholics that are hard to phrase. Often we follow others in our faith journey. This book tell you why.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides the historical background for many Catholic practices. For instance, it explains -- clearly -- how indulgences came about and what they really are; why Church law is what it is; the role of the Pope (the position); how the Way of the Cross developed and even what is allowed at a Catholic funeral -- you might be surprised!