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Distinctively Catholic: An Exploration of Catholic Identity [Paperback]

By Daniel Donovan (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1997
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  080913750X  
EAN  9780809137503  

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In this highly readable introduction to Catholicism, author Daniel Donovan focuses on characteristic features of the Catholic experience of Christianity, on things that make being Catholic distinctive. While exhibiting an ecumenical sensitivity and a keen awareness of the core of faith common to all Christians, this book was written to respond to those who ask: "Why Catholicism - what is distinctive about it?" In formulating his answer to this question, the author hopes to help people appreciate some of the singular riches of Catholic tradition and Catholic life.

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" a living community of faith, a community with its own distinctive rituals and structure, its own patterns of individual and collective religious life, " writes distinguished theologian Daniel Donovan. What is unique about the Catholic experience of Christianity? What features set it apart from other Christian religions? Donovan explores these questions and more here, offering readers the fruit of his experience from a lifetime of theology and teaching.

In eight chapters, Donovan draws attention to certain emphases and characteristics of Catholicism which have influenced and continue to influence the way in which Catholics experience and think about their faith. These include: sense of community; the historical dimension of Catholicism; the objective nature of faith; liturgy and sacraments; ordained ministry; and tension between universal and particular. A final chapter reflects on all the themes and relates them to the concrete experience of individual Catholic believers.

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Good information, but a bit hard to read.  Jan 10, 2002
I thought that the content of this book was great. It presented a lot of interesting info about what makes the Catholic faith different from other Christian religions. I'm far from a theologian, but I think the type of information presented seemed to be on a good level for an average person to read.
My only problem with the book is that the material is very dense. I often found myself reading a paragraph or a page two or three times to really understand the full meaning of what was being said. I have a feeling though that may be typical of such an in-depth and mysterious topic as religion. In other words, this book will probably take you longer than the 224 pages would indicate.
One other note: The title describes exactly what it is, a focus on the unique aspects of Catholicism. This book is NOT a comparision of various religions in general; only how they relate to Catholicism.

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