Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

Despite a long history of external threats and internal strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the broader phenomenon 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 around the world? In this Very Short Introduction, 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. O'Collins explains clearly and concisely where the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's moral teaching, and where it is heading. The book also includes a timeline of events in the history of Catholicism and useful suggestions for further reading.

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  • I initially chose this book as a candidate for my book review column at Austin Catholic New Media. I wound up reviewing Catholicism for Dummies instead and was delighted to find that I'd posted it rig...

  • I really like the VSI series because it tends to provide a comprehensive introduction (that's it's purpose) to a topic. I have always found the VSI series to be quite helpful in that regard. For examp...

  • Catholicism is a word that encompasses many distinct meanings: a religion, a church, a way of life, a geographical region perhaps. Catholicism is all of these things and much more - it is a Christian ...

  • The author very much writes about his subject from within it; his Catholic credentials are flaunted with pride on the blurb. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but I couldn't help but be amused ...

  • A diverse introduction to Catholicism - both the institution and the faith by a very well known Catholic academic. It's really short, so a good way to get a cross section of information about differen...

  • For a book that claims to be "a very short introduction" it falls far short. You should go in with a clear understanding of the Bible, the differences between Benedictine and Franciscan orders, and th...

  • This book should have been called the history of Christanity with an emphasis on Catholicism. Half of the book was a history of early Christianity and the other half was information about Catholicism ...

  • Well written but the problem that arise with these oxford short introduction series is that one can't possibly write about everything important in such short books. Nevertheless, it is a good effort b...

  • A very good VSI that provides a thorough overview of important topics in Catholicism. A great starting place for anyone interested in learning about the faith....

  • Very dry and boring...

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