What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

Synopsis

What does it mean to be Catholic? Many people, both non-Catholics and even Catholics themselves, really don't know. This accessible book by Jack Mulder is ideal for all who are curious to know more about Catholicism.Writing in a conversational style, Mulder clearly portrays the main contours of the Catholic faith. For readers who have ever wondered what exactly the Roman Catholic Church teaches about predestination, original sin, the Virgin Mary, abortion, same-sex marriage, and other issues, Mulder explains all that -- and much more -- in simple language.Mulder, who was raised in the Protestant tradition and converted to Catholicism later in life, speaks from the perspective of having wrestled with his own beliefs over the years. With solid information -- and without proselytizing -- Mulder's What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? presents a truly fresh perspective on the distinctive features of the Catholic faith.

Excerpt

As I write this sentence, I am sitting in a huge convention center having just met a man who told me he had never been around so many Catholics who cared so deeply about their faith. Neither had I. There can be little question that in recent years Catholics have not done a very good job of educating their own about the Catholic faith. Consequently, Catholics have not done a very good job of educating others about the Catholic faith. There are signs of encouragement. Recent popes, beginning with Pope Paul vi (pope from 1963 to 1978), called for a “new period of evangelization” of both those who have not heard the Gospel as well as those who have heard the Gospel but need to return to the faith with fresh eyes. This book is really for three groups, namely, new Catholics who want to know more about their faith; non-Catholics who want to understand Catholic distinctives better; and lifelong Catholics who would like to be reacquainted with what they believe. the purpose of this book is to describe and explain a Catholic worldview to a contemporary audience. My purpose is not to convert the reader, but I do want lay Catholics and especially other Christians to consider what a coherent Catholic faith could look like. I cannot attempt to explain everything, nor can anyone claim to know everything, but I am captivated with the Catholic faith, and I want to explain why. Other Christians will find me interacting with thinkers from lots of Christian traditions and showing how and why Catholic teaching differs from their views on various points. I hope that such Christians consult their own traditions first in an effort to think through how to love Jesus Christ with their minds, as he himself commands us (Luke 10:27).

One of the earliest issues which I can remember earnestly strug-

1. Paul vi, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 2.

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