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The bestselling Catholicism has now been revised and up to date for an eagerly-anticipated moment version. This lucid and obtainable account explains how Roman Catholicism and its ideals and practices got here to be what they're. well known students Gerald O'Collins and Mario Farrugia go through background to sum up the current features of Catholic Christianity and the most important demanding situations it faces within the 3rd millennium. transparent and fascinating, the authors current issues in a clean and unique means. They skilfully depict the Catholic background and express that Catholicism is a dynamic and residing religion. O'Collins and Farrugia have interaction with modern ethical matters and discover the demanding situations which Catholics and different Christians needs to face. this can be an authoritative, vigorous, and updated advent to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.

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24. 1), formed a sound starting-point but needed considerable filling out. Respect for authority and concern for unity identify Catholic Christianity from the time of Paul, Ignatius, and Irenaeus. The NT Letter to the Ephesians celebrated the unity of first-century believers: ‘There is one Body and one Spirit, even as you were called to the one hope which belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all’ (Eph. 4: 4–6).

Adversus Haereses, 3. 2. 2) In Chapter 3 we will return to the issue of scripture and tradition, which was central in Irenaeus’ polemic against the Gnostics. His understanding of the Holy Spirit was not yet sufficiently elaborated to appreciate clearly the Holy Spirit as the primary bearer of the Church’s tradition and life. His principle, ‘where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God’ (Adversus Haereses, 3. 24. 1), formed a sound starting-point but needed considerable filling out. Respect for authority and concern for unity identify Catholic Christianity from the time of Paul, Ignatius, and Irenaeus.

The First Thousand Years 27 Saxa Rubra (now a centre for RAI or the Italian national television and radio authority), made Constantine the emperor of the Western Empire. ’ With the sign of the cross on his own helmet and his soldiers’ shields, he believed that the one, all-powerful God guaranteed the military triumph. 25 Christians experienced a startling reversal of fortune when Constantine initiated a long series of legislative acts that they supported. On 13 May 315, for example, he decreed financial help for poor people so as to check the practice of abandoning newborn children to death.

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