Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity (2nd by Gerald O'Collins, Mario Farrugia

By Gerald O'Collins, Mario Farrugia

The bestselling Catholicism has now been revised and up-to-date for an eagerly-anticipated moment variation. This lucid and available account explains how Roman Catholicism and its ideals and practices got here to be what they're. popular students Gerald O'Collins and Mario Farrugia go through heritage 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 convey that Catholicism is a dynamic and residing religion. O'Collins and Farrugia have interaction with modern ethical concerns and discover the demanding situations which Catholics and different Christians needs to face. this can be an authoritative, energetic, and updated advent to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.

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In late 330 bishops and priests, along with Jewish clergy, were exempted from a range of public duties. How deeply Christian was Constantine’s faith? To what extent did he prove himself a political opportunist, who—in the spirit of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’—made an ally out of the Church, which by his time had become a large state within the state? The very titles of 25 For ways in which art reflected the Constantinian change, see J. R. Elsner, Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire ad 100–450 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Justin shared the Hebrew scriptures with the Jew Trypho and never belittled the faith of his debating partner. 20 In the third century Origen, one of the greatest Christian scholars of all time, engaged in theological debate with Jews. A section of the De Incarnatione Verbi (7. 296–373) shows how such debate with Jews still mattered to a bishop of Alexandria, a city that had enjoyed one of the largest Jewish communities in the ancient world. 342–420) learned Hebrew from a Jewish scholar. Hence in producing what came to be called the Vulgate, the most widely used Latin translation of the Bible, he could translate the Hebrew scriptures directly from the original texts.

Catholic Christianity has regularly been marked by suffering and martyrdom. In fact, while the brutal persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was haphazard and often limited to their leaders, it repeatedly proved to be much worse elsewhere and in later centuries. In 1597 twenty-seven Japanese Catholics were crucified at Nagasaki; in the following decades thousands of other Japanese and some foreigners suffered death for their faith. The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century persecution in Vietnam resulted in thousands of martyrs.

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