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Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

byGerald O'Collins

Paperback | December 1, 2008

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Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the broader reality of Catholicism remain a vast and valuable presence into the third millennium of world history.What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism changed and adapted to such vast and diverse cultural influences over the centuries? What great challenges does the Catholic Church now face in the twenty-first century, both within its own life and in its relation to others aroundthe world?In this iVery Short Introduction/i, Gerald O'Collins draws on the best current scholarship available to answer these questions and to present, in clear and accessible language, a fresh introduction to the largest and oldest institution in the world.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Gerald O'Collins received his Ph.D. in 1968 at the University of Cambridge, where he was a research fellow at Pembroke College. From 1973-2006, he taught at the Gregorian University (Rome) where he was also dean of the theology faculty (1985-91). Alone or with others, he has published fifty books, includin...
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Title:Catholicism: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019954591X

ISBN - 13:9780199545919

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Table of Contents

1. From Pentecost to Christopher Columbus (AD 30-1492).2. From Christopher Columbus to Date (1492-2008).3. Catholics on God and the Human Condition4. The Sacraments and the Catholic Church5. Catholic Moral Life and Teaching6. Characteristics of Catholicism7. The Future of CatholicismTimeline and Further Reading

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"The book has much to commend it ... a concise and balanced history of some of the chief figures in christology, from patristic, through medieval to modern times."