Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Catholicism For Dummies Paperback – October 21, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Back Cover
What does it mean to be a Catholic? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behind this religion? Catholicism For Dummies, 2nd Edition is an intelligent and faithful look at Catholicism that will open your eyes to this religion and answer many of the questions you may have about it. Plus, in this new edition, you'll find the updated text of the Mass according to the Roman Missal, Third Edition, as well as all-new chapters on creation, deepening your faith, and what joining the Church is all about.
In the beginning — find out what Catholics believe about creation, angels and devils, where sin came from, and what will happen at the end of the world
Membership has its privileges — discover how Catholics see the Church and how the act of fulfilling its missions makes membership a rewarding experience
Who's who — get to know the many players in the Catholic Church, from how the pope gets his job to what it's like being a parish priest — and all the important jobs in between
Catholic symbolism — understand the meaning behind the sign of the cross, the crucifix, Holy Water, incense, and more
Follow the Mass — appreciate the tradition of the Catholic Mass, from the opening prayer and the homily to going for Holy Communion
Open the book and find:
What "the Church" really is
How the Gospels came to be
The Church's stance on gay marriage, abortion, and war
Catholic prayers and devotions
What Catholics really think about Mary and the saints
The virtues to strive for and the sins to avoid
How Catholics can take their faith to the next level
A guide to praying the Rosary
Explore the foundations of the Catholic faith
Make sense of the sacraments and symbols
Understand issues modern Catholics face
About the Author
Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and was a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain.
Top Customer Reviews
This book looks over several aspects of Catholicism such as what happens at Sunday Mass, what the sacraments are and their significance, the organization of the Church, the importance of prayer, and what Jesus's role in the faith is. I was able to learn about several aspects of Catholicism such as why Catholics adore the Virgin Mary (and not worship her). It also takes some time to debunk some myths about Catholicism that have developed and have caused confusion. Overall, there is much to be learned in this book for those that know little about Catholicism.
There is one issue I had with this book. While reading it I felt it generally assumed that one was already familiar with Christianity in general. If you do not know about the story of Adam and Eve or the life of Jesus, you are probably going to be lost while reading this. It mainly seems targeted to those who are Protestant and are curious about Catholicism or perhaps those that were raised Catholic but fell out later in life.
Overall though, I thought this was a good book to learn about some of the major tenets of Catholicism. I would recommend it to those who want to learn about it.
doing what I need to do for tradition or obligation, So I use this as a reminder of the Who and the Why and the What, so back to basics
when I get lost in all the not so important "noise' and remember what is important and why (for me). Informative, renewing, encouraging and
well done. Thank you.
Catholics will this book easier to read than the Catechism, which is more of a reference book. They also will find the informal language easier to use when answering questions from Protestant friends. Anyone interested in finding out about the Catholic Church will find that it gives short, simple answers to their questions. And even those opposed to the Catholic Church may find that some of what they think they know about the Catholic Church is wrong.
The book seems to accurately reflect Catholic Church positions on most topics. However, Pope John Paul II disagrees with this book on evolution: The human body may have evolved from lower animals, but the soul was created by God.
Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about the Catholic Church is included and you can choose the topics you want rather than read the book through, if you like. There's a lot of historical information about the origins of Church doctrine which I found really interesting. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing introduction to the Catholic faith. As a Christian searching for a church and renewal of my faith, this book fulfilled my needs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Terri K
I was reared a Catholic, but never fully understood everything. Now I have a go-to book that's in plain English.Published 2 months ago by Horse nut
The information provided is clear and concise and answers questions and provides information not previously know or forgot! A good read for any non-Catholic or current Catholic.Published 2 months ago by Kathy Morrison
Well written and easy to follow. I use this as a resource when I teach Catholicism.Published 3 months ago by Ernie Shah