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American And Catholic: A Popular History Of Catholicism In The United States [Paperback]

By Clyde F. Crews (Author)
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Pages   181
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 7.06" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867165537  
EAN  9780867165531  


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"...a complete and balanced presentation of the story of the American Catholic people. Father Crews writes with a pronounced pastoral sense and scholarly accuracy. The book will make a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the Church." -James Hennessey, S.J., historian

"...a superb account of the American Catholic experience. Catholic[s] are presented with all their holiness and warts. Crews tells the story of a people of God, demonstrating his sensitivity to the diversity of ethnic, religious and theological traditions that are part of the Catholic tradition....will be widely useful in college and seminary courses as well as in adult education." -Patrick W. Carey, chair, theology department, Marquette University

"...rich with significant illustration, first-hand testimony and quotations which enliven the narrative, and many 'introductions' to the people, clergy and lay, who have built the church in this country." -The UP Catholic

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...a complete and balanced presentation of the story of the American Catholic people. Father Crews writes with a pronounced pastoral sense and scholarly accuracy. The book will make a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the Church.--James Hennessey, S.J., historian
..".a superb account of the American Catholic experience. Catholic s] are presented with all their holiness and warts. Crews tells the story of a people of God, demonstrating his sensitivity to the diversity of ethnic, religious and theological traditions that are part of the Catholic tradition it will be widely useful in college and seminary courses as well as in adult education."--Patrick W. Carey, chair, theology department, Marquette University
"This well-written volume portrays in broad brushstrokes the entire sweep of the Catholic experience in the world ...a history flawed at times but always on the move, manifesting the diversity of ethnic, religious and theological traditions."--Brother Patrick Hart, Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky
"rich with significant illustration, first-hand testimony and quotations which enliven the narrative, and many 'introductions' to the people, clergy and lay, who have built the church in this country."--The UP Catholic
..".a deceptively fine book. This is real history, not a mere chronicle of events, as is evident from the author's deft and balanced handling of such controversial topics as the evangelization of the North Americans, slavery, Americanism and the role of women in American Catholic history." --Church

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CLYDE F. CREWS is a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, and professor of theology and church history at Bellarmine University in Louisville. He received a Ph.D. in the history of Christian thought at Fordham University and is the author of numerous books and articles.

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A "Popular History"  May 9, 2005
I greatly enjoyed my reading of this book in the spirit in which it was intended, not as a definitive historical textbook, but as the author described it in his introduction:

"The brief account within these pages attempts to present many of the major personalities, movements, spiritualities, conflicts, changes and constancies within the American Catholic community."

I enjoyed this book for its sweeping overview, the delightful photographs and illustrations that complimented the text, and the interesting discussion questions peppered throughout the various chapters. Surely the story of Catholicism in America is one that can be told from countless perspectives, as is true with any wonderful story. I enjoyed my reading of this account and learned many new and interesting things along the way.
 
Fast Paced, Fact Filled  Feb 15, 2005
Crews, a priest who holds a Ph.D. in history of Christian thought, presents major personalities, events, "changes and constancies" within the American Catholic community. This rendering might not be the most comprehensive of its kind, but it is imminently readable and refreshingly concise. Crews' hope is to "show this ancient faith in its rich complexity as it lives within and influences-and is influenced by-the American nation." The text itself is supplemented by photos, drawings, newspaper articles, statistical tables, letters, and discussion questions, which make this a good resource for small groups.

Each chapter focuses on a specific time period, beginning with America before the revolution and ending with the present. The final chapter covers Vatican II, the first Catholic U.S. president, and the increasing number of Catholics in influential positions in all walks of life. That chapter also looks at the decrease in priests in contrast to the increase in laypeople, the "just war" theory in relation to both Vietnam and Iraq, and the sexual abuse scandal.
 
A quick read  Aug 4, 2000
Clyde Crews outlines the history of the Catholic Church in American in broad strokes and major events. He does not include the details or the rationale for church direction and development. You can read this book in one sitting and get an overview of the American Catholic Church.
 

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