Teach Yourself Catholicism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-21
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Discover Catholicism and its role in our worldTeach Yourself Catholicismis a comprehensive guide to the Catholic faith. It begins by focusing on the essential beliefs of Catholicism before delving into the history of the Catholic Church and the roots of its traditions and practices. Considering the key influences in over 2000 years of fascinating history, you will soon have a good understanding of, amongst other things, the role of Jesus and Mary, the Papacy, the Great Schism and the Reformation. Peter Stanford also focuses on the church in the modern world, assessing the Second Vatican Council and the key debates and questions that surround the religion today: Why has the Catholic church been so riled by the Da Vinci Code? How does Catholicism relate to our world today? Is there such a thing as a Catholic morality? Never shying away from difficult questions,Teach Yourself Catholicismis an informative and engaging read.

Author Biography

Peter Stanford is a full-time freelance writer and broadcaster. He is a regular contributor to the Independent on Sunday, Independent, Observer, and the Daily Mail and has written many books on Catholicism. He has presented and produced award-winning radio and television programmes and series, including three adaptations of his own books and was the editor of the Catholic Herald.


Table of Contents

Catholicism - The Basics
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Once a Catholic
The History of Catholicism
The roots of belief and practice
Church and State
Reformation and Reform
Papacy, Authority and Tradition
The Church of Rome
Traditions and Teachings
The Church in the Modern World
'Opening a Window on the World'
Modernization in Practice
God and Caesar
'A Sign of Contradiction'
Taking it further
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