Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Gerald O'Collins


regardless of a protracted historical past of exterior threats and inner strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the wider phenomenon of Catholicism stay an enormous and useful presence into the 3rd millennium of global background. What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism replaced and tailored to such immense and various cultural affects over the centuries? What nice demanding situations does the Catholic Church now face within the twenty-first century, either inside of its personal existence and in its relation to others worldwide? during this Very brief creation, Gerald O'Collins attracts at the most sensible present scholarship to be had to reply to those questions and to offer, in transparent and available language, a clean creation to the biggest and oldest establishment on the planet. O'Collins explains essentially and concisely the place the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's ethical instructing, and the place it truly is heading. The ebook additionally incorporates a timeline of occasions within the background of Catholicism and necessary feedback for extra reading.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a few of life's finest subject matters. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern brooding about the primary difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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