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As religion continues to dominate the news, politics and society in general, more and more laypeople are looking for a reliable guide to understanding the beliefs and practices of each faith. The Roman Catholic Church-the largest branch of Christianity-claims a total of over 1 billion baptized members around the globe and has been revered by billions of followers for thousands of years. Why? The Catholicism Answer Book answers 300 pivotal questions about one of the world's oldest religions. From the basic tenets of Christianity and the nature of God and salvation to the differences between a Catholic Bible and a Protestant Bible, readers can round out their knowledge on such inquiries as: What are the "lost" or "missing" books of the Bible? And why are the books we have canonical? Why does it seem like Catholics worship Mary? What are the Last Things? Why confess to a priest when I can go directly to God?

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Genre: Religion
Author: Kenneth Kenneth Brighenti
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release: 2007-01-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781402232299

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“This is the first complete history of Spanish Catholicism in English. The history of the Spanish church is rich, complex, and controversial, and this enormous undertaking by Stanley Payne is all the more praiseworthy in view of his determination not to limit his study to the church alone, but to investigate the relationship between the Catholic Church and Spanish culture and nationhood in general.”—Isaac Aviv, Mediterranean Historical Review

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Genre: History
Author: Stanley G. Payne
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release: 1984-05
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 0299098044

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The so-called Counter- or Catholic Reformation has traditionally been viewed as a monolith, but these essays decisively challenge this interpretation, emphasizing the variety, vitality, and complexity of Catholicism in the early modern era.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John W. O'Malley
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release: 2001-01-01
File: 324 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802084176

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This volume constitutes the first attempt to analyse the phenomenon of Western European Left Catholicism from a comparative and transnational perspective. Decisively shaped by the turbulent atmosphere of war, occupation and resistance, the years 1943-1955 gave rise to a most unusual flowering of progressive initiatives in Catholic politics, theology and apostolic missions. Though suffering severe setbacks in the deep freeze of Cold War politics, mid-century Western European Left Catholicism was not without influence in the subsequent emergence of Latin American Liberation Theology and the deliberations of Vatican II.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Gerd-Rainer Horn
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Release: 2001
File: 319 Pages
ISBN-13: 9058670937

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Examines the Catholic religion, including its major beliefs, scriptures, worship practices, and festivals.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Katy Gerner
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release: 2008
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761431659

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An exploration of the interaction between Darwinian ideas and Catholic doctrine.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Louis Caruana
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2009-10-06
File: 230 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780567256720

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From the final defeat of the Ulster chieftains at the hands of the British to the remarkable success of Sinn Fein - the political wing of the Irish Republican Army - in the 1983 Westminster elections, Catholicism in Ulster, 1603-1983 tells the story of the Roman Catholic community in the Irish province of northeast Ulster. In his comprehensive chronicle, Oliver Rafferty contends that the unique historical experience of Ulster Catholics sheds light on the sectarian roots of a crisis that has become a paradigm for religious and ethnic conflicts throughout the world. Rafferty explains that to understand the Northern Irish Catholic community, one must first understand its view of itself as a community under siege - a mentality he traces to a seventeenth-century settlement and plantation system that left Ulster as the only Irish province with a significant Protestant population. Bereft of political power and economic security, the Irish community grasped Catholicism as the only means of preserving its identity, and according to Rafferty, this attachment, gave Ulster Catholics a cohesion that they retain today. Rafferty points out that despite poverty and persecution, Ulster Catholics historically have not supported nationalist sentiment with the same fervency as their co-religionists in the Republic. He discusses how only a minority of Ulster Catholics supported IRA efforts from the 1920s through the early 1960s and how, in the midst of Protestant majority oppression, Catholicism flourished in Northern Ireland. Rafferty evaluates the influence of the Catholic hierarchy and tracks the rise of the lay middle class Civil Rights movement. Concluding that Protestant hostility toward Catholics is greater than Catholic animosity toward Protestants, Rafferty cites Protestant fanaticism and misconception as the true stumbling blocks to reconciliation in the region.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Oliver Rafferty
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release: 1994
File: 306 Pages
ISBN-13: 1570030251

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Catholicism, once the protean monster, still functions as a complex component of French identity. No consideration of modern France would be complete without reference to the enduring impact and influence of Catholicism on the life of the nation. This volume sets out to capture some of the variety and significance of the Catholic phenomenon in twentieth-century secular France, and to express something of its extraordinary vitality and interest. Each contribution focuses on a specific theme or period crucial to an understanding of the role played by French Catholics and their Church. Collectively, these studies reveal that Catholics were involved in almost every event of consequence and voiced an opinion on almost every issue. Equally, the volume offers a collage of insights which reflects the fragmentation of Catholic activity and attitudes as the century progressed. Being Catholic in modern France no longer means the espousal of a particular political or social agenda. Nor does it necessarily mean regular and traditional religious observance, or even strict adherence to the dictates of the Church. Modern French Catholicism truly has many mansions.

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Genre: History
Author: Kay Chadwick
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Release: 2000
File: 295 Pages
ISBN-13: 0853239746

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The Catholic Church remains one of the oldest institutions of Western civilization. It continues to withstand attack from without and defection from within. In his revision of American Catholicism, Monsignor Ellis has added a new chapter on the history of the Church since 1956. Here he deals with developments in Catholic education, with the changing relations of the Church to its own members and to society in general, and especially with arguments for and against the ecumenical movement brought about by Vatican Council II. The author gives an updated historical account of the part played by Catholics in both the American Revolution and the Civil War, and of the difficulties within the Church that came with the clash of national interests among Irish, French, and Germans in the nineteenth century. He regards immigration as the key to the increasingly important role of American Catholicism in the nation after 1820. For contemporary America, the author counts among the signs of the mature Church an increase in Church membership, the presence of nine Americans in the College of Cardinals in May, 1967, and the expansion of American effort in Catholic missions throughout the world.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John Tracy Ellis
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 1969-06-15
File: 322 Pages
ISBN-13: 0226205568

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"Encyclopedia of World Religions" explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their background. Each illustrated volume provides access to the theological concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of each religion and the way it is practiced.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Frank K. Flinn
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2006
File: 705 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780816075652

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