An Introduction to Catholicism by Lawrence S. CunninghamAn Introduction to Catholicism by Lawrence S. Cunningham

An Introduction to Catholicism

byLawrence S. Cunningham

Paperback | February 16, 2009

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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.
Title:An Introduction to CatholicismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:February 16, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521608554

ISBN - 13:9780521608558


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The many meanings of Catholicism; 2. Roman Catholicism; 3. Being Catholic: some typologies; 4. Catholicism in time and place; 5. The rule of faith; 6. Catholic worship; 7. Catholic spirituality; 8. The missionary character of Catholicism; 9. Catholic reformation(s); 10. The moral life; 11. The contemporary Catholic Church; 12. Reading Catholicism: a bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'An Introduction to Catholicism is an authoritative, clear and useful guide that is written by an open and fair-minded adherent ... Overall, a highly recommended book.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History