This is an introduction to the World's major religions from a Catholic Perspective. There is no single standard textbook that outlines the official Roman Catholic theological position in relation to other religions which then explicates this orientation theologically and phenomenologically in relation to the four main religions of the world and the flowering of new religious movements in the west. The present project will cover this serious gap in the literature. After outlining the teaching of Vatican II and the magisterium since then (chapter one), each subsequent chapter will be divided equally between: an exposition of the history and features of the religion or movement being studied; and a serious theological analysis of these features, showing how these religions do have elements in common, as well as how they differ in fundamental ways from Catholicism.
This annotated bibliography covers the available literature on the relationship between Soviet and Eastern European churches and the societies in which they have existed since the end of World War II. In order to shed some light on the mutual relations between the churches and society, two survey chapters provide a general orientation. The attitude of the churches toward their society is analyzed first, then the reverse is attempted with a description of the societal attitudes toward the churches. The bibliography proper first presents books and articles dealing with the entire region, the on a country-by-country basis. Because the sources dealing with the Soviet Union are most numerous, they have been broken down into materials dealing with general and inclusive religious policies and issues, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Oriental Apostolic Churches (Georgian and Armenian), the Roman Catholic Church, and the Protestants and sectarians. This bibliography is among the first to deal with the historic and current status of the Christian churches in Eastern Europe.
This 1997 study explores one of the most dramatic current interactions between religion and politics: the development of progressive Catholicism in Latin America. In particular, it examines economic, social and religious obstacles to progressive theology in Brazil. This 'popular' church built a utopian vision of social emancipation, drawing on Catholic social thought, humanistic Marxism and existentialism. It was a major democratizing force as Brazil emerged from dictatorship in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, however, the popular appeal of progressive Catholicism came under threat. Focusing on a Catholic community near Rio de Janeiro, Manuel A. Vasquez's incisive study shows how economic and political changes have affected religious practices, and argues that the plight of progressive Catholicism in Brazil forms part of a wider crisis of modernity and of humanist discourses.
Two people -- Paul, an American, and Latika, an Indian -- fall in love and get married in this true East meets-West story entitled "A Catholic Marries a Hindu." From language and attitudes to cuisine and hobbies, and from college experiences and career choices to social structure and work settings, this short, matter-of-fact read sheds light on the many cultural differences between the United States and India as seen through Paul's perspective -- as seen through American eyes. The true story culminates in the weddings (both Catholic and Hindu) of Latika and Paul -- tuxedos, Mass, and a wedding cake on day one are replaced by saris, Sanskrit chants, and coconuts on day two. Educational and informative, "A Catholic Marries a Hindu" shows us that differences, at times, can unite.
This God-given book gives the reader a look at the things that are encountered in teaching, preaching and ministering in a small non-denominational church. They include the birth of the baby church, prayer, praise, miracles and encouragement. The author has been kidnapped, locked on the wrong side of jail cells, worked with adults and children. There is something in this book for every reader. You may laugh and cry, but you will be amused at the antics of small children. Other subjects include praise, prayer, weddings, forgiveness, collections, songs, intercessory prayer, food ministry, fire in the soul, baptizing, false prophets-all the things you will identify with a small church. But the most important of all is the chapter on "Stuff." Everybody has some-nobody wants to get rid of it. What do you do with stuff? Read what the "Bible" says about "stuff" and laugh at yourself!
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