Return To Rome

Author: Francis J. Beckwith
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1441203907
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Return To Rome from the Author: Francis J. Beckwith. What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. This provocative book details Beckwith's journey, focusing on his internal dialogue between the Protestant theology he embraced for most of his adult life and Catholicism. He seeks to explain what prompted his decision and offers theological reflection on whether one can be evangelical and Catholic, affirming his belief that one can be both. EXCERPT It's difficult to explain why one moves from one Christian tradition to another. It is like trying to give an account to your friends why you chose to pursue for marriage this woman rather than that one, though both may have a variety of qualities that you found attractive. It seems to me then that any account of my return to the Catholic church, however authentic and compelling it is to me, will appear inadequate to anyone who is absolutely convinced that I was wrong. Conversely, my story will confirm in the minds of many devout Catholics that the supernatural power of the grace I received at baptism and confirmation as a youngster were instrumental in drawing me back to the Mother Church. Given these considerations, I confess that there is an awkwardness in sharing my journey as a published book, knowing that many fellow Christians will scrutinize and examine my reasons in ways that appear to some uncharitable and to others too charitable.


Author: Gabriel Flynn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199552878
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Ressourcement from the Author: Gabriel Flynn. A historical and a theological analysis of the most important movement in twentieth-century Roman Catholic theology.

The Dark Box

Author: John Cornwell
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847659543
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The Dark Box from the Author: John Cornwell. Would you tell your deepest secrets to a relative stranger? And if you did, would you feel vulnerable? Cleansed? Or perhaps even worse than you did before? Confession has always performed a complex role in society, always created mixed feelings in its practitioners. As an acknowledgement of sinfulness, it can provide immense psychological relief; but while aiming to replace remorse with innocence, its history has become inextricably intertwined with eroticism and shame. The Dark Box is an erudite and personal history; Cornwell draws on his own memories of Catholic boyhood, and weaves it with the story of confession from its origins in the early church to the current day, where its enduring psychological potency is evidenced by everything from the Vatican's 'confession app' to Oprah Winfrey's talk shows. Since the 16th century, seclusion of two individuals in the intimate 'dark box', often discussing sexual actions and thoughts, has eroticised the experience of confession. When, in 1905, Pius X made confession a weekly, rather than yearly ritual, the horrific cases of child abuse which have haunted the Catholic church in the twentieth century became possible. John Cornwell's impassioned treatise on the dangers of confession is now available in paperback.

Faith Of Our Fathers

Author: Eamon Duffy
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826476654
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Faith Of Our Fathers from the Author: Eamon Duffy. Distinguished scholar addresses the key issues an intelligent person needs to tackle in making sense of being a Catholic today. >

The Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic

Author: Matthew Kelly
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 193750932X
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The Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic from the Author: Matthew Kelly. As human beings we are constantly engaging and disengaging in everything we do. We engage and disengage at work, in marriage, as parents, in our quest for health and well-being, in personal finances, environmentally, politically, and, of course, we engage or disengage spiritually. If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics? Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic Church. If we truly want to engage Catholics and reinvigorate parish life, we must first discover what drives engagement among Catholics. Matthew Kelly explores this question in his groundbreaking new book, and the simplicity of what he discovers will amaze you. Four things make the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics: the four signs of a Dynamic Catholic. Whether you are ready to let God take your spiritual life to the next level or want to help reinvigorate your parish, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic promises to take you on a journey that will help you to live out the genius of Catholicism in your everyday life. The central idea in this book should change the way we live our faith and the way we teach our faith. This book is a game changer.

Catholic Devotion In Victorian England

Author: Mary Heimann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198205975
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Catholic Devotion In Victorian England from the Author: Mary Heimann. This is the first full study of English Catholic spirituality in the modern period. Dr Heimann reassesses Roman Catholic piety as practised in Victorian England, stressing the importance of devotion in shaping the characteristics of the Catholic community. Prayers, devotions, catechisms, confraternities, and missionary work enabled traditional English Catholicism not only to survive, but to emerge as the most resilient Christian community in twentieth-century England. Heimann offers a controversial analysis of the influence of long-established recusant devotions and attitudes in the new context of the reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in England from the mid-nineteenth century. Challenging widely held assumptions that Irish influences, government legislation, or directives from Rome can account for English developments after 1850, Catholic Devotion in Victorian England offers important new insights into religion and culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

I Am The Living Proof Jacqueline S Life Purpose And Parables

Author: Jacqueline R. Mendoza
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1468509799
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I Am The Living Proof Jacqueline S Life Purpose And Parables from the Author: Jacqueline R. Mendoza. "I AM THE LIVING PROOF – Jacqueline's Life, Purpose and Parables" Portrays the method of being 97% dead awakened, proved She will rise through obstacles in her journey to share How despite of her physical difficulties she struggled Wisdom, Courage Perseverance, Patience and Tolerance Added with her enormous amount of determination Hope and Faith Amazing how God showed His love In finding out who really is Jesus Christ As He chose her to spread about the truth Of His Gospel She wants to assist people in knowing the facts Treated it as her job for Jesus Christ To be a resource for the reality of God She wants to plant a seed in your minds Her way of communicating to people As Christ placed her in mission Souls in "Hell of fire, furnace of fire and unquenchable fire Thought Jesus did not do anything He gave you a freedom to choose People chooses the path of hell Must choose the right decision Once you're there, you cannot go back It's forever Do not just accept Think wisely, Research, Study and comprehend Which is the path to Jesus Christ that leads to Heaven and face the Father?

Steps Of Grace

Author: Doug Gonzales
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 160844922X
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Steps Of Grace from the Author: Doug Gonzales. Steps of Grace is the story of former Evangelical Protestant Pastor Doug Gonzales, whose faith journey led him from the most extreme and militant anti-Catholic views in American society today to becoming one of the Church's newest champions. Doug's conversion, like that of St. Paul, did not come from any desire on his part for something more than what he already believed was true. Instead, it was purely an initiative of divine grace. While Steps of Grace describes the theological and intellectual wrestling common to conversion stories, it does so in the most uncommon of ways. Besides witnessing to what are perhaps some of the most remarkable mystical experiences in a modern conversion story, Doug shares with the reader his own struggles, fears, pain, and loss. With brutal honesty, Steps of Grace is one of the most human and emotionally raw of conversion stories. Steps of Grace describes the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith with such clarity that those on their own journey of conversion will be led to ask the same question Doug did, "Why didn't I see it before?" Cradle Catholics may ask this same question as the story helps them to see and experience the wonder and beauty of their faith in a fresh way. More than anything else, Steps of Grace is about following and fulfilling our deepest of human longings-finding the Presence of God. This makes Steps of Grace perhaps less a conversion story and more a love story that illustrates how a person's love and need for the Presence of God led him to the last place he thought he would ever find it-the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This is not a walk in the park, but a walk of faith, led by grace, step-by-step. Doug Gonzales is a former Church of the Nazarene Pastor whose testimony of conversion to Catholicism has moved and challenged audiences across the world. A graduate of The Divinity School at Duke University, Doug spent nearly ten years as an Evangelical pastor and prison chaplain until his miraculous and amazing conversion to the Roman Catholic Church. Besides being a guest twice on EWTN's The Journey Home show, Doug has traveled the U.S., Canada, and Latin America sharing his conversion story to large conferences, seminarians, parishes, and even small prayer groups captivating audiences about the wonder and grace he has found in the Catholic faith. Doug's story continues to impact those who hear it in a way that few other modern conversion stories can do. Doug is also the proud father of three wonderful children.