Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

By Gerald O'Collins

Regardless of a protracted heritage of exterior threats and inner strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the wider phenomenon of Catholicism stay an unlimited and helpful presence into the 3rd millennium of worldwide historical past. What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism replaced and tailored to such tremendous and various cultural impacts over the centuries? What nice demanding situations does the Catholic Church now face within the twenty-first century, either inside its personal lifestyles and in its relation to others worldwide? during this Very brief advent, Gerald O'Collins attracts at the most sensible present scholarship to be had to respond to those questions and to offer, in transparent and available language, a clean creation to the most important and oldest establishment on the earth. O'Collins explains basically 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 booklet additionally encompasses a timeline of occasions within the historical past of Catholicism and helpful feedback for extra reading.

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