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An Introduction to Catholicism

By Lawrence Cunningham

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 one billion adherents really believe, and how do they put their beliefs into practice in worship, the family, and 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 • sacraments and prayer • popular piety • personal and social morality • reform, mission, and interreligious dialogue Lawrence 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.

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2009

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0521608554


Format: Book
Author: Cunningham, Lawrence
Title: An introduction to Catholicism / Lawrence S. Cunningham.
Publisher Date: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Subject: Catholic Church
Isbn: 0521608554 9780521608558
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Format: Book
Author: Cunningham, Lawrence
Title: An introduction to Catholicism / Lawrence S. Cunningham.
Publisher, Date: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Description: xi, 284 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Catholic Church
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The many meanings of Catholicism -- Roman Catholicism -- Being Catholic : some typologies -- Catholicism in place and time -- Catholic worship -- The rule of faith -- Catholic spirituality -- The missionary character of Catholicism -- Catholic reformation(s) -- The moral life -- The contemporary Catholic Church -- Reading Catholicism : bibliographical resources.
LCCN: 2009284106
ISBN: 0521608554
ISBN: 9780521608558
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Call Number: 282 Cun