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Catechism of the Catholic Church

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by U.S. Catholic Church

Catechism of the Catholic Churchis the first new edition of the catechism in 400 years. Catechism means "instruction," and this text will remain the standard reference for Catholics for many future generations. It is the authoritative summary of Catholic … see full wiki

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Author: U.S. Catholic Church
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Image
1 review about Catechism of the Catholic Church

Important for Catholics More important for Non Catholics

  • Nov 28, 2001
Rating:
+5
Two of the biggest problems faced by the Catholic church are solved by this book. #1. Catholics who don't know or are wrong about their own church's beliefs and #2. Non Catholics (both critics and supports of the church) who have a false idea of what the church teaches.

As simply a reference tool this book is vital to any scholar of religion. Judged as a reference it is well done, Very organized and easy to reference. In addition to the standard index in the back on topics, each section concludes with a summery of basic themes of that section. Even more useful is the very complete use of numeric margin references to other section on similar topics. Quite useful , but if you are just reading it through resist the urge to jump to those sections or you will be jumping all over the place. It also references many church works which are available on the internet for clarification.

I didn't have the page problem that other reviews have talked about and I've had two different copies of the book.

As an explaination of faith and duty it is complete and uncompromising, sometimes painfully uncompromising. If you want to know what the church thinks about almost anything you will find it here. It is not a blunt instrument but it says what it says and removes ignorance as an option.

Put simply if you really want to know what the church thinks vs what some people say it teaches, read this book, if you have your own agenda or don't really want to be told something is wrong (and we all sometimes feel that way) then avoid it like the plague.

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