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    Bob O'Gorman(Author) Mary Faulkner(Author)

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The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Understanding Catholicism explores the one of the world's largest religious denominations. It offers a new approach to learning Catholicism, covering the rituals and symbols of the religions-such as Mass, the Seven Sacraments and the holy days. It includes a study of the church's beliefs, history and how it has changed over the course of the 20th century. It's an easy-to-understand tool for anyone interested in examining-or reexamining-this popular and complex faith.

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  • By Saper Vedere on 4 December 2003

    There are lots of solid chunks of readable explanations of the traditions, teachings and practices of the Church. However, the book is a bit too light and flippant about the teaching of the Church in our present times. The authors overlooked Chesterton's rule that "If the church marries the fashion of the day, she will be a widow in a fortnight". A far superior and better organised book is "Catholicism for Dummies" by Triglio and Brighenti.

  • By RedOktober on 6 November 2004

    I read this book as a practising Catholic hoping to learn more about my faith. However, the view presented is a very parochial, US liberal one ie not representative of what the faith means for the majority of the world's Catholics. It is also theologically dubious, coming up with statements such as 'Mary is the female face of God'. While I've certainly heard of Wisdom or Sophia being God's feminine aspect, I have yet to hear of the Trinity having expanding to include Mary within its ranks.Also, the book's insistence on using 'inclusive' language has led to some very odd and clumsy phrasing. It furthermore presents as Catholic belief rituals performed out of local superstition by certain Catholic communities.If you are hoping for an objective presentation of Catholic belief, practice and history, don't bother. If you are hoping to understand why Catholicism is so widely practised around the world, you won't find the answer in this book. Indeed, I left the book puzzled as to why anybody would want to follow this religion. However, if you're interested in finding out how some Catholics interpret their religion then this book is worth a look.


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