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Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs Twentieth Edition,Revised Edition

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About the Author

ALAN SCHRECK is professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is the author of numerous books, including The Essential Catholic Catechism and Catholic Church History From A to Z (Servant Books).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Servant; Twentieth Edition,Revised edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867165995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867165999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Childs on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
On almost any catholic belief, this book takes you to the major scriptural references. This book will not offend the non-catholic like others may. Best overall explanation of misunderstood beliefs about the church I have read. Both Catholics and non-Catholics will benefit from this read. When I explain to my family and friends my reasons for converting, I usually refer to this book.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Rick on April 12, 2000
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I have to say that this book is magnificant. This is one of many books of this nature that I read while searching for spiritual truth, and it is probably the one easiest to comprehend. This book was certainly an influence in my decision to enter the Catholic Church from the Assemblies of God Church (after a three year pit-stop in Paganism and witchcraft). I am so happy, I am home. This book truly IS a Godsend.

**I originaly wrote this review over four years ago, shortly after I became a believing Catholic. Since then I have noticed how people are quick to stress that this book is meant to inform and not convert, I even recieved emails about that fact, not all of them polite. I never intended for this review to make it sound like the book was about converting people to Catholicism because it certainly is not. I do believe however, that this book is a decent introduction to Catholicism for any Christian, especially non-Catholic ones, because it was written so that non-Catholics would not be offended while at the same time, getting accurate information about Catholicism. And I do not apologize for the fact that it helped me (along with several other books) in my decision to BE a Catholic. God bless you all.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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I have been a traditional Roman Catholic for the past 35 years of my life and because of this book I have a deeper understanding of my religious beliefs and practices. The Catholic faith is being questioned and challenged by Catholics and non-Catholics and I find that this book gives me easy to read explanations to questions that I might have about being a Catholic. I feel confident that I can explain and clarify misconceptions that others may have about Catholicism. The book is imprinted with the "nihil obstat and imprimatur" of Catholic Scholars and Clergy and as a result are official declarations that this book is free from doctrinal or moral error.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
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This book helped me to understand and embrace my spouce's belief system. It helped me to understand that we have more incommon (ie the person of Jesus Christ) than I ever expected. It gave us great hope and strengthened both of our faiths. I have recommended this book to many contemplating marriage or who are frustrated and looking for answers in this area. It is clearly written in language that on catholics and catholics can both understand.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on June 1, 2001
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I am not a Catholic but enjoyed this book very much when I first read it sometime ago. Dr. Schreck has written a book that goes beyond the usual Catholic apologist rhetoric and simply explains his position without resulting to silly arguments and questenable tactics.
His writing style is easy and likeable. He is not so bent on trying to prove, in my opinion, as much as he is trying to share the essence of Catholic beliefs to outsiders. The book is probably, though not necessarily, directed to protestants. I say this because he addresses many protetsant objections to Catholism, without seeking to enrage those on the other side. It is a sharpe way of presenting one's faith, without causing more flame to the fire.
The book is not the most detialed or academic of its kind, but this again is a strength. The layperson, who most needs to read and better understand the Catholic faith and practice, will find this book most appealling (at least I hope so). I think this was the author's intent. A great little book.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By theotokos@yahoo.com on January 13, 1999
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Like no other book, Dr. Schreck explains the truths of the Catholic Faith in a very readable fashion. Personally, I am a convert to the Catholic Church from Protestantism, and I cannot say enough on how this book helped me understand the so-called "deceptions and lies" of the Catholic Church. Dr. Schreck also uses copious amounts of Scripture, which ought to be a welcomed sight for those who thought the Catholic Church "ditched" Scripture. I have since used this book in an Adult Education setting in our parish, and it was well received! This book is a MUST for anyone who is grappling with the Catholic Faith!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on July 7, 2005
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Though it is sometimes a little bit too theological for the average non-Catholic, "Catholic and Christian" is a nice beginning book for those interested in the Church and her members. I converted to Catholicism in 2000, and I accepted the majority of the Church's beliefs on a Biblical and rational basis. Some of the beliefs, however, had to be accepted based on Catholic Tradition and faith. This is where things get tricky.

Schreck attempts to explain the major aspects of Catholicism to his readers using solid Biblical references. Most Protestants should find this very helpful in digesting some of the beliefs of the Church since I'm assuming that many of them attend Bible-based churches. Schreck makes a strong case for the belief in the Pope, quoting and referencing scriptures that many Protestants(as I once did) used against the Church. His argument for the Eucharist and the transubstantiation of it is brilliant, as he adds Biblical strength to an already strong, though tough to understand for most Protestants, argument.

When Schreck tackles touchier subjects such as the Communion of Saints and, the literal Mother of them all, Mary, he has to rely heavier on Catholic Tradition. This does make it a little easier for non-Catholics to refute these beliefs, but Schreck delivers his stance with ease and care. In other words, he states that his faith and reliance on the wisdom of the Church's elders kicks in. That's hard to argue with, and in the end, Schreck makes it clear that he isn't trying to convert anyone into becoming Catholic. Instead, he is merely stating his beliefs and the general beliefs of the Church as a whole in order to make non-Catholics a little more accepting of Catholics.
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