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Is the Reformation over : An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism
Mark A. Noll
0801027977
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The eminent evangelical historian Noll and journalist Nystrom offer a lucid and charitable account of the current state of evangelical-Catholic relations. Only scant decades ago, they point out, Protestants inveighed against "the formalism, the anthropocentric worship, the power mongering, and the egotism" of Rome. But now, they wryly observe, all those qualities "flourish on every hand within Protestant evangelicalism." This willingness to see the proverbial beam in one's own eye is one of the great strengths of this book, which has as much to say about the authors' own Christian tradition as about Rome. Surveying the changes in Catholicism since Vatican II, and documenting the numerous encounters that have ensued between Catholics and Protestants, Noll and Nystrom find "a dramatically altered terrain" that...


Roman Catholicism in America
Chester Gillis
0231108702
June 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this new study, Gillis (Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology) provides a broad overview of the history and practice of Catholicism in America at the end of the 20th century. He attempts to offer an explanation of Roman Catholicism and its rites and practices for an American public for whom, he says, Roman Catholicism's doctrine and polity remain a mystery. In addition, the author examines the tensions between Roman Catholicism's universality (its doctrines, dogmas and papal encyclicals that are the same worldwide) and its particularity (the ways in which the American Church interprets these universal principles for its particular context). In his opening chapter, Gillis combines sociological analysis and case studies to answer the question "Who are American Catholics?" He offers five categories that describe...


Gospel of Mary: A Month With the Mother of God

0818908718


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Roman Catholicism in America
Chester Gillis
0231108710
Apr 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this new study, Gillis (Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology) provides a broad overview of the history and practice of Catholicism in America at the end of the 20th century. He attempts to offer an explanation of Roman Catholicism and its rites and practices for an American public for whom, he says, Roman Catholicism's doctrine and polity remain a mystery. In addition, the author examines the tensions between Roman Catholicism's universality (its doctrines, dogmas and papal encyclicals that are the same worldwide) and its particularity (the ways in which the American Church interprets these universal principles for its particular context). In his opening chapter, Gillis combines sociological analysis and case studies to answer the question "Who are American Catholics?" He offers five categories that describe...


Roman Catholicism
Loraine Boettner
0875520928
July 1989
Paperback
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Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words
Pope John Paul II
0517220849
August 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Spiritual father of millions, globally influential leader: Pope John Paul II's words have brought inspiration, solace, and courage to those who have listened. The quotes and prayers collected here are both for the faithful and for those who have been touched by and want to know more about this remarkable man. His words on love, family, truth, freedom, human relationships, the power of God, and the importance of hope and prayer explore what it means to be alive and what we are doing here on Earth, and offer answers to some of life's hardest questions.

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Spiritual father of millions, globally influential leader: Pope John Paul II's words have brought inspiration, solace, and courage to those who have listened. The quotes and prayers collected here are both for the...


Roman Catholicism and Political Form
Carl Schmitt
0313301050
Nov 1996
Hardcover
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Review
“This work is important because it shows that beneath Schmitt's surface realism lie some very firm notions about the ideal political order and how nearly the Catholic Church once embodied it.”–The New York Review of Books

Book Description
The relationship between economic and political thinking has reached a crisis at the end of the 20th century. Already at the beginning of this century, in Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Carl Schmitt juxtaposed a juridical interpretation of religion oriented to the political sphere to Max Weber's sociological interpretation oriented to the economic sphere in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

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St Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica (translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province) (5 Volume Set)
Aquinas, Saint Thomas
0870610635
June 1, 1981
Hardcover
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Book Description
Thomas Aquinas' best-known work is the Summa Theologica. As the title indicates, the Summa is a "summing up" of all that can be known about Christian theology.

Language Notes
Text: English, Latin (translation)

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Mother Teresa: In My Own Words: 1910 - 1997
Mother Teresa
0517201690
October 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Though Mother Teresa's words may be spare, her good deeds are abundant. The messages in this lovely collection--directed at coworkers, sisters, and others eager to hear the words of someone who lived the challenge she presented to others--are sure to provide inspiration for anyone who reads them. The quotes, stories, and prayers are a testament to the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner's generosity and strength of spirit: "Good works are links that form a chain of love"; "I never will understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish"; "Before judging the poor, we have to examine with sincerity our own conscience." Mother Teresa's words and deeds fortified and inspired the poor, the dying, and the suffering. These powerful messages, combined with black-and-white photos of this highly...


American Opinion of Roman Catholicism in the 18th Century
Mary Augustina Ray
0374967237
June 1974
Hardcover
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Catholicism For Dummies
John Trigilio
0764553917
April 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
There are more than one billion Catholics in the world, and each one has a similar set of basic beliefs and practices that he or she follows. Some of the teachings of Catholicism are thousands of years old, while others are more recent. So what is the Catholic culture like and what do they believe? Catholicism For Dummies answers these and many other questions.

Whether you’re a Catholic or not, you may be totally clueless or just unaware of some aspects of Catholic traditions, history, doctrine, worship, devotion, or culture. No sweat. Regardless of whether you’re engaged, married, related to a Catholic, or just curious about what Catholics really do believe, this book is for you.

Catholicism For Dummies is not a catechism or religious textbook, but a casual, down-to-earth...



Roman Catholicism
Michael Walsh
0415263808
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the basic ideas and terms, to its structures and practices, this book offers a plain-speaking introduction to Roman Catholicism. It covers:

* Roman Catholic beliefs and traditions
* Practices and devotional life - rituals, prayer, mass
* ts structures and authorities - from Vatican to parish church
* Its hierarchies and people - from bishops to the laity
* The role of the church in society

With glossary, further reading sections and an appendix on the history of the papacy, this is the perfect guide to the general reader and students of theology and religious studies.


Roman Catholicism
Michael Walsh
0415263816
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From the basic ideas and terms, to its structures and practices, this book offers a plain-speaking introduction to Roman Catholicism. It covers:

* Roman Catholic beliefs and traditions
* Practices and devotional life - rituals, prayer, mass
* ts structures and authorities - from Vatican to parish church
* Its hierarchies and people - from bishops to the laity
* The role of the church in society

With glossary, further reading sections and an appendix on the history of the papacy, this is the perfect guide to the general reader and students of theology and religious studies.


Why Do Catholics Do That : A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church
Kevin Orlin Johnson
0345397266
October 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Why Do Catholics Do That? by Kevin Orlin Johnson assumes nothing and tells all. As such, it's not only an ideal catechism companion but also a source of infinite wisdom for students of art history, politics, literature, philosophy, and pretty much any other subject connected with Catholic history. In a voice refreshingly free of condescension (and full of humor, witnessed in chapter titles such as "Saints: How You Get To Be One"), Johnson defines and expatiates upon hundreds of topics, including the Mass, the rosary, the cross, the eucharist, and the pope. Why Do Catholics Do That? is destined for the all-time top 20 list of indispensable desk references. Whether your interest in Catholicism is devoutly religious or defiantly secular, you'll be glad Kevin Orlin Johnson has fulfilled his vocation so faithfully. --Michael...


Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, And the Splendor of Truth
Richard John Neuhaus
0465049354
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers acquainted with Neuhaus's previous books and his work with the magazine First Things will be most interested in this latest tome on the state of the Catholic Church. A former Lutheran pastor who became Catholic in 1990 and a priest in 1991, Neuhaus has emerged as a leading voice among those considered to be faithful to the Church's Magisterium, or teaching authority. Here, Neuhaus challenges the oft-heard statement, "Yes, I am a Catholic, but I think for myself," explaining how fidelity to the church begins with thinking for oneself so one can think with the church. He expands on this by exploring the role of conscience, drawing a distinction between doing what one wants and discerning and acting upon the truth. Neuhaus also discusses the church's authority, emphasizing that it is never invoked to require...


Mother Angelica : The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles
Raymond Arroyo
0385510926
September 6, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a comprehensive and engaging biography, Arroyo chronicles the life and faith of Mother Angelica, the nun who almost singlehandedly created a religious media empire through her Catholic cable network, EWTN. Born in 1923 to unstable parents (a cruel father who later abandoned the family and a chronically depressed mother), Mother Angelica—then called Rita Rizzo—is an unlikely person to have redrawn the landscape of Catholicism in America. The strength of Arroyo's biography is what he calls his "unfettered access" to records, associates and the nun herself; as an anchor and news director for EWTN, he's known her for years. But this is not purely a sweetness-and-light portrait; she comes across as outspoken and sometimes hot tempered, arguing with cardinals and even hurling a knife at a sharp-tongued...


The Lamb's Supper: Experiencing the Mass
Scott Hahn
0385496591
November 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth reawakens a surprising ancient view of the Eucharist, as the harbinger of the supernatural drama described by the New Testament book of Revelation. Catholic theologian Scott Hahn thinks that many worshippers receive the sacrament of communion without ever considering its links to the end of the world, the Apocalypse, and the Second Coming. Hahn wants to change our minds; he wants us to know that "The Mass--and I mean every single Mass--is heaven on earth." Literally. So, Hahn declares, "Now heaven has been unveiled for us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ ... Jesus Christ Himself says to you: 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me' (Rv. 3:20)." Hahn's enthusiasm, as...


Catholicism Contending with Modernity
Darrell Jodock
0521770718
June 2000
Hardcover
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Review
'This outstanding collections of essays will long remain essential reading for anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century Catholicism.' Michael Walsh, The Tablet

Review
"This book is timely...well-integrated essays." --Choice

"This task the volume accomplishes admirably...This volume is a significant contribution to the study of the Modernist movement within Roman Catholicism" Religious Studies Review

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The Facts on Roman Catholicism
John Ankerberg
0736911103
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes : The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse
Thomas P. Doyle, et al
1566252652
March 29, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. The Doyle-Sipe-Wall report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church's history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 CE and concludes with the contemporary scandal. It reveals an institution that has tried to come to grips with this devastating internal problem from its earliest years. At times circumspect and at other times open and direct, Church leaders tried a variety of means to rein in the various violations of...


Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism
Douglas Brinkley
0060776846
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Fr. Michael McGivney (1852–1890) is under consideration for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. So why has almost no one heard of this Connecticut parish priest who helped to transform American Catholicism? McGivney entered seminary when he was just 16 and studied there until his father's unexpected death forced him, the eldest child, to abandon his studies and support his family. Although the diocese eventually came through with a scholarship, McGivney never forgot the devastation of his family's sudden poverty and devoted much of his priestly life to helping the Catholic poor. He founded the Knights of Columbus, an organization that simultaneously met two critical needs of Catholics in the late 19th century: it was an insurance policy for the indigent, and its devotion to America and patriotic ideals...


The Collar
Jonathan Englert
0618251464
April 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sacred Heart, located in Hales Corners just outside Milwaukee, is America's largest Catholic seminary specializing in second-career priests: men who have already held jobs and, in some cases, married and raised families. A generation ago, when priests were plentiful, such older men would not normally have become candidates for holy orders. In Sacred Heart's entering class of 2002, however, the average age was 45. Englert, a Columbia School of Journalism graduate and Catholic convert, spent a school year trailing five of the seminary's 80 students—a hyperactive ex-Marine, a blind proponent of social justice, two middle-aged divorcés and a widowed septuagenarian—chronicling their classes and their downtime, their conflicts and their hopes. Most but not all would complete the course: "The aura...


How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Thomas E. Woods
0895260387
May 2005
Hardcover
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Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., assistant professor of Patristics, Great Texts Program, Baylor University
"Engaging and engrossing.... A mine of information on the debt we owe to Catholic life and thought."

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, professor emeritus, the City University of New York
"Superb and scholarly.... Highly recommended."

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Roman Catholicism and Freemasonry
Dudley Wright
0766138801
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
1922. This is a historical, not controversial, work. It contains a full translation of the official Bulls, Encyclic Letters and Decrees issued against the Craft by Popes and Bishops, as well as the official records of the sufferings imposed upon Freemasons under the Inquisition. It throws interesting sidelights onto the history of Freemasonry in the United Kingdom and Europe, and gives particulars of secret societies into which only Catholics were permitted to be initiated.


Life of the Beloved : Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Henri J Nouwen
0824519868
October 2002
Paperback
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From AudioFile
What is our place in the world in God's eyes? How can we blend service and spiritual worship with the harshness of the everyday world? How can we, imperfect and each broken in our own way, feel beloved by the Almighty? Nouwen ponders these topics in an open letter to a troubled friend. Methodically, the former instructor at both Harvard and Yale walks us through analogies and insights that bring us to a place of feeling beloved. His comments on his final years serving as pastor to the mentally disabled of L'Arche Daybreak community in Toronto serve as counterpoint to his theories. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

The Other Side
"Gentle and searching....


My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, and Courage
Pope John Paul II
0884897249
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
“My Dear Young Friends,” a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II’s inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Each of the fifty-two weekly reflections in “My Dear Young Friends” contains the following sections:
* a Scripture passage related to the theme for the week
* a message from the pope
* “Think About That,” asking the reader to ponder the pope’s message
* “Take Action,” inviting the reader to act on the pope’s message
* “Say a Prayer,” inspiring the reader to keep the pope’s words fresh in his or her heart and mind
* “Did You Know?” a fact about the pope’s life Young...


Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Pope Benedict XVI
1574557254
January 2, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Catholics' hunger for the faith continues to grow. Pope Benedict XVI gives the Church the "food" that is seeks in the 598 questions and answers in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This 200-page volume offers a quick synopsis of the essential contents of the faith as promulgated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Like the 1992 Catechism, the Compendium has a four-part structure, and includes a section on common prayers and Catholic doctrinal formulas. Because of the question-and-answer format, catechetical leaders-parents, pastors, teachers, principals, and catechists-have a unique opportunity to dialogue with the faithful, and reinvigorate the Church's ongoing mission of evangelization and catechesis. Individuals can come "to know the unfathomable riches of the salvific mystery of Jesus...


Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn
0898704782
August 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his "enemy" had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, and went through a tremendous "dark night of the soul" after Scott converted to Catholicism. Their conversion story and love for...

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