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The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored [Hardcover]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 23, 2001
Publisher   HarperCollins
ISBN  0066213304  
EAN  9780066213309  
UPC  099455024006  

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(PUBCliff Street)The Roman Catholic church is the largest and most successful branch of Christianity, but its detractors bemoan a number of its positions, from the role of women to the dignity of human life. Weigel boldly takes on the critics with penetrating probity. 192 pages, hardcover.

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What does being a Catholic mean? Is there a distinctively Catholic way of seeing things? What does the Catholic Church teach about the human condition -- about our lives, our loves, and our destiny? In "The Truth of Catholicism," best-selling author George Weigel explores these perennial questions through the prism of ten contemporary controversies.

The Catholic Church may be the most controversial institution in the world. Some find its teachings inexplicable, puzzling, even cruel. George Weigel suggests that we look at Catholicism and its controversies from "inside" the convictions that make those controversies not only possible, but necessary The truths of Catholicism then come into clearer focus as affirmations and celebrations of human life and human love, even as they challenge us to imagine a daring future for humanity and for ourselves.

Is Jesus uniquely the savior of the world? Does belief in God limit our freedom? What are we doing when we pray? Is the moral life about rules or about happiness? Doesn't suffering contradict the biblical claim that God is good? How does the Catholic Church think about other Christians and about other great world religions? Are Catholics safe for democracy? What will become of us? In an engaging, accessible style, George Weigel leads us through these and other questions into the truth of Catholicism: the truth about a God passionately in love with his creation, the truth about a love that creates a vast, liberating terrain on which to live a fully human life.

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More About George Weigel

George Weigel GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life. A Newsweek contributor and Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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George Weigel currently resides in Bethesda, in the state of Maryland. George Weigel was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC the Ethics and Public.

George Weigel has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Library of Religious Biography
  2. Pennsylvania-German History and Culture Series

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
thoughtful, well written, illuminating  Aug 7, 2005
I enjoyed the book very much. Weigel writes with a clarity and style that helps to illuminate the subject matter. I learned a lot.
A fine work  Aug 16, 2004
In the present day, it seems that the only acceptable prejudice is anti-Catholicism. Therefore, it is refreshing to read Mr. Weigel's fine book on the Truth of the Church. One need only to look at where the Church is growing the fastest, in developing countries of Central and South American, and especially Africa, to know how out of step liberal American and European critics of the Church really are. Mr. Weigel makes a grand case for the Church as she is in truth, the Body of Christ on earth today.
"Getting it Straight from the Inside Out"  Jan 30, 2004
Weigel's book is very timely. Catholics are constantly asked questions regarding their faith by those who are attacking the faith and by those who are simply interested. This book covers ten essential current event happens in the Church and gives the reader great information and insight as to the reasoning behind the actions of the Church.
The format is very readable and "user friendly". It is a book you would not hestitate to give to a friend, as it explains things clearly. It is firm in the Catholic stance, but it never talks down to the potential non-catholic reader. Weigel's compassion and understanding of the human condition are evident from the first sentence, leading the inquizative reader through what could be misunderstood as a jungle of Catholic double-talk, with the ease of a seasoned guide. Showing the reasonableness of why Catholics do what they do
Get as many of these as you can, and hand them out. In today's world of people believing that there are no good reasons to believe in anything, this book not only gives the reasons, but shines the light on where to get them.
an excellent introduction to Catholicism  Oct 1, 2003
This is a wonderful and compelling introduction to Catholicism. In that sense it does not exactly begin a new literary style. However, it has the interest of presenting the theme in a very contemporary and clear language. The book can be interesting to the agnostic looking for a clear, short enough and understandable book about the issue. It can also be useful to catholics looking for new ways to present the Faith.
A revealing insight with joyous discoveries.  Sep 27, 2003
As a cradle Catholic, I've often pondered the reasoning and roots of my church's many theological standards. As a contemporary Christian, I've sought ways to explain my church to non Catholics and non believers. Mr. Weigel offers me a remarkably readable work that enables me to experience the full depth of joy in Catholic teachings and to explain them to others as never before. I recommend this work to anyone who is curious or serious about what the Catholic church really teaches - not the people who've run the church for centuries, but the faith itself. This is a truly remarkable and rich resource for Catholics and non Catholics alike.

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