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Oscar Lukefahr, C.M. is one of America's most popular interpreters of Catholic faith and the Bible. With over 30 years of experience as a religious educator, Fr. Lukefahr is dedicated to helping people develop a clear understanding of Catholic doctrine in an enjoyable and challenging way.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori; Rev Sub edition (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892435364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892435364
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Father Oscar Lukefahr, with more than forty years experience as a religious educator, is one of America's most popular interpreters of the Catholic faith. He is the author of numerous books, preaches parish missions, and is dedicated to helping Catholics develop a clear understanding of their faith in an interesting and enjoyable manner.

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I have used this book for my Adult Confirmation classes.
Sheila Bickerton
Lukefahr has done an excellent job and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in actually learning what Catholics believe.
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It is a clearly written and concise summary of the Catholic Faith.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a life long Catholic and a product of Catholic education, I was thrilled with how much I was able to learn from this book. We Believe is a terrific resource weather you are new to the Catholic faith or if you are a life long Catholic. This book is all emcompassing as far as the biblical materials, catechism, and writings of the early fathers of our faith. It covers any issue and makes sence out of the difficult areas of faith such as the Trinity. We Believe covers so much material and explains the Catholic faith so simplistically, that anybody will benefit from reading this book. For me, it was difficult to put this book down
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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This book is a "MUST HAVE" for everyone! Catholic, non-catholic, future catholic, you name it! It's rare to come across books that pack so much information from start to finish - you'll keep this on your shelf nearby for frequent reference!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rich Leonardi on December 20, 2004
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Fr. Lukefahr's orthodox little catechism has proved to be a valuable guide to the Faith since it was first published ten years ago. The most recent version is fully indexed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and includes suggestions for further reading and reflection.

The advantage of this catechism vs. others available is that it doesn't merely replicate the CCC, but rather provides details interesting to the lightly catechized or new Catholic. (Fr. Lukefahr's highly-recommended "The Catechism Handbook" is in fact an abbreviated CCC.) For instance, in the chapters on the New Testament, Fr. Lukefahr includes the findings of authentic Catholic scholarship on the identity of the evangelists and apostles but excludes fads popular in less orthodox circles.

He also explains things like the importance of the "priesthood of the faithful" without diminishing the unique role of the ordained priesthood in the life of the Church. Unfortunately, many other guides to the Faith either blur or confuse such teachings.

Much like that other master catechist Fr. Alfred McBride, Fr. Lukefahr purposely writes at a "Reader's Digest" level of sophistication. At roughly 200 pages, the book is an ideal text for an RCIA class or program of self-study.

Readers can enroll in a free "We Believe ..." home study course by "Googling" the words "Fr. Lukefahr" and "Catholic home study".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colette LaCasse on June 15, 2004
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This a great book if you're in the RCIA program and trying to learn as much as you can. I read this after I completed the RCIA program because I had so many more questions. I've read several of this author's book and this has been my favorite.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah II on January 10, 2007
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As others have posted, "We Believe" is truly a resource for anyone interested in Catholicism. It should be added, however, that Father Lukefahr has a natural ability to write for his audience.

Most clergy are very well educated and spend years obtaining multiple advanced degrees. Although this may make them experts in their fields, somewhere along the way they also obtain a dialect that their flock no longer understands. "We Believe" is written in layman's terms which allows the reader to actually digest the material rather than chew on it for days in an attempt to acquire the flavor of it.

The material has been here for over 2000 years. Father Lukefahr simply has a knack of presenting it in a manner that makes it all seem new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on March 16, 2007
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While you can find no greater authority on the beliefs in the Catholic faith like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "We Believe..." is a wonderful starting point for non-Catholics interested in Catholicism and for any Catholic looking to "freshen up" their wisdom of the Church. Fr. Oscar Lukefahr breaks down the Catechism into easily digestable chapters divided into the main divisions of the Catechism, those being Belief, Worship, Christian Life, and Prayer. Each chapter gives a solid, Catechetical and Biblical explanation of its specific topic.

Fr. Lukefahr does a wonderful job of explaining things without losing the reader's attention by going into deep theological points. He provides plenty of cross-references in the Catechism that one can (and probably should) check out to see just where certain beliefs are derived.

Overall, this is a wonderful introductory look at the faith of Catholics. If you are not Catholic and just want know what we believe or if you're interested in joining the Church, this would be a wonderful place to start your journey. I was unaware of this book whenever I went through the RCIA process. This would have been a wonderful book to have back then.

As another reviewer has stated, there's a workbook full of multiple-choice and true/false questions available to those who want an even deeper study of the Catholic faith available for this book. I used it and it greatly enhances the reading experience. I highly recommend this book and its workbook companion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne Lacey on August 6, 2004
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Catholocism for any reason. It provides clear scripture, references to the catechism and insightful illustrations to bring even more clarity to the ideas presented.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
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As a non-denominational Protestant Christian with a family history in Catholicism, this book was extremely helpful in understanding true Catholocism. I realized that we both believe the same essential Christian doctrine and, for the truly faithful, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I still dont understand or agree with some of the non-essential doctrines, but that's ok. Christianity is a matter of the heart and relationship with Jesus as revealed in the Bible - on this we both agree and that is all that matters. I think it as important if not more important for Catholics to read this book as it is for Protestants.
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