The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. The essays are addressed to all those who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Catholic life and thought. The Companion into four accessible parts:
1. Catholic Histories includes essays on the major eras of the Catholic story, from Scriptures and the early church through the Middle ages and the Reformation to Modernity and Post-Modernity.
Catholic Cultures describes Catholics in different lands including the Holy Land, India, and Africa, Europe, the British Isles, Ireland, Latin & North America, Oceania.
Catholic Practices surveys some of the central catholic practices: spirituality and ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue and Catholic institutions (schools, hospitals, and charitable organizations), art the natural sciences and the holy see.
Catholic Doctrines has essays on central topics in the practice of Catholic theology and development of doctrine--God and Jesus Christ, creation, Mary, the Church, moral theology, and eschatology
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