Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity

Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity


By (author) S. J. Gerald O'Collins, By (author) S.J.Mario Farrugia


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 30mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199259941
  • ISBN 13: 9780199259946
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones

Product description

This lucid and accessible account explains how Roman Catholicism and its beliefs and practices came to be what they are. The authors move through history to sum up the present characteristics of Catholic Christianity and the major challenges it faces in the third millennium. Explaining matters in a fresh and original way, they do justice to the Catholic heritage and show that Catholicism is a dynamic and living faith. Well-structured, highly informative, and clearly written, the book does not duck critical problems and the negative side of history. Rather, O'Collins and Farrugia explore the challenges which Catholics and other Christians must face and engage with contemporary moral issues. This is an authoritative, lively, and up-to-date introduction to Catholicism for the modern reader.

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Author information

Mario Farrugia SJ is Lecturer in Dogmatic (Systematic) Theology at Gregorian University, Rome

Review quote

This is a special book which is most highly recommended. Fr Emmet P Costello SJ, Catholic Weekly It can be read with great profit ... it is extremely well-informed and very up-to-date in its reading. English Historical Review ... unusual and very useful book ... a highly readable narrative, containing a fund of interesting details and observations. Times Literary Supplement An inspiring and lucid account of the genius of Catholicism. There is much in this description that all Christians can subscribe to and agree with. George Carey In their deeply impressive survey of the Catholic traditions past and present, Fathers O'Collins and Farrugia demonstrate immense learning, and offer a quite awe-inspiring global vision. Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University It can be read with profit and delight as a testament to the great central truths and themes of historic Christianity. A superb achievement. Rowan Williams

Table of contents

1. The First Thousand Years ; 2. The Second Thousand Years ; 3. Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture ; 4. The Tripersonal God and the Incarnate Son ; 5. The Human Condition ; 6. The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory ; 7. The Sacraments ; 8. The Catholic Church and its Mission ; 9. Catholic Moral Life and Teaching ; 10. Basic Characteristics of Catholicism ; 11. Current Challenges