Catholicism: An Introduction: A comprehensive guide to the history, beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith

Catholicism: An Introduction: A comprehensive guide to the history, beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith

by Peter Stanford

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This is a complete guide to the oldest institution in the Western world - the Catholic Church. Explore the essential beliefs and practices of the religion and delve into its long and fascinating history. From the significance of Rome and the importance of the Papacy, to current issues such as science, contraception and new movements within the faith, learn what it means to be Catholic today.


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444131031
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 06/25/2010
Series: TY Religion
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 330,734
File size: 519 KB

About the Author

Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident; Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: CATHOLICISM - THE BASICSCh 1 One, Holy, Catholic, ApostolicCh 2 Once a CatholicPART TWO: THE HISTORY OF CATHOLICISMCh 3 The roots of belief and practiceCh 4 Church and StateCh 5 Reformation and ReformPART THREE: PAPACY, AUTHORITY AND TRADITIONCh 6 The Church of RomeCh 7 Traditions and TeachingsPART FOUR: THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLDCh 8 ‘Opening a Window on the World’Ch 9 Modernisation in PracticeCh 10 God and CaesarCh 11 ‘A Sign of Contradiction’Taking it further

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