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Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on Catholic Tradition Paperback – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - Burns & (1 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826474799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826474797
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Faith of our Fathers is a spirited defense of Catholic ritual, discipline, and communal observance... the essays are all short and easy to read; they are often insightful and always historically well informed... Faith of our Fathers ranges far and wide over the present state of Catholicism. But Duffy never wanders too far from this one persistent argument - that much of the vitality and resiliency of Catholicism is found in its rituals and worship... it is a welcome and timely work. And it is very good to have it from a scholar as learned and reflective as Eamon Duffy.' --First Things --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and President of Magdalene College. He is the author of the seminal study, The Stripping of the Altars. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2007
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This is an illuminating and endearingly personal account of the nature of Catholicism today, and how, post-Vatican II, it keeps in touch with its past. Eamon Duffy ranges widely across subjects as diverse as the role of the saints, Catholic dying, and the nature of the Eucharist. Despite an obvious liturgical conservatism, the author is clearly something of an enthusiast for the postmodern melting-pot that is Roman Catholicism after Vatican II. On issues like papal authority and the role of the priesthood, he argues that the 'Tridentine moment' of high-Renaissance authoritarian Catholicism is finaly passing - and revealing, as it goes, some surprising links with an earlier, more human-scale Catholicism. One might perhaps expect a Professor of Church History to argue that the past is the key to the future, but who can complain when he does it so entertainingly, and with such a sense of understanding for his subject's foibles, while by no means excusing its excesses and errors ?
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By eilsel on 29 Oct 2014
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excellent book
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and Heartfelt Apologia of Traditional Catholicis 6 Mar 2007
By Mack Ramer - Published on
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In this book, Duffy presents 19 essays on various important subjects within Roman Catholicism, such as Marian devotion, Purgatory, and the place of the Pope. Duffy explains and argues for the retention and rediscovery of traditional (read: pre-Vatican II) practice and belief, convinicingly but not exhaustively. Duffy's fresh perspective will make the average Progressive Catholic re-evaluate his or her positions on traditional doctrines and practices of the Church.

All in all, I highly recommend this book for any person interested in the Roman Catholic faith, and especially for any Roman Catholic looking for a starting point in (re-)discovering his or her roots.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
just what's needed 28 April 2007
By LuelCanyon - Published on
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Eamon Duffy's thoughtfully drawn, spacious intelligence makes everything he writes worthwhile. He's a magnificent writer - the prose alone is enough to compel a read. His ideas are firm, but supple and surprising - he's no integrist. His bright touch is just what's needed in the new liturgical movement, however it turns out. Duffy's is an erudition that widens every prospect along the way. This book's a joy to read for all those reasons, and its argument for a once again organic consideration of liturgical orthodoxy is convincing. The chapter on the mass Sacrifice and the liturgical life of that central Sacrament is limpid, even elegant, and breathes a calming fortitude. Heady stuff, and beautiful writing, &ditto the chapter 'Why The Pope?' - Duffy is a historian with a cooly enervating style that positively captivates in strikingly memorable approaches to English prose, all without the least pretension, and with expressive clarity. Faith of Our Fathers is a diamond exposition of the Catholic faith that for many will prove a bellweather of recovered riches.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, wonderful book 23 July 2008
By Carlos Ramos Mattei - Published on
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This is a wonderful book and we could expect no less from Eamon Duffy. It is an intelligent, frank assessment of catholic traditions which will be of interest both to liberal and traditionalist catholics alike.
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Informative 2 Sep 2008
By T. ORourke - Published on
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This is somewhat autobiographical and a combination of history and analysis. I found it very informative. Some of the opinions are certainly in the controversial realm, but it really makes one think of why things are the way they are and their relevance to our lives in the Church, and it covers ground that is otherwise rarely trod. I would recommend it to all Catholics and certainly to new Catholics curious about the origins of various beliefs and trends in the Church.
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Mixed bag 20 Nov 2006
By PolBECath - Published on
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I find myself torn by this book. I am a great fan of Prof. Duffy's historical work. When I bought this book, I did so on many recommendations. But, I clearly disagree with his position on the effects of the Second vatican Coucil are. He pines for Traditional Catholic practices but does not give high marks to the pre-V2 Church hierarchy, or priesthood or to certain aspects of theology. He shocked me when he quoted the silenced Jesuit Karl Rahner on page 8. As a result, this left a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the book.

Duffy states that authoritarianism was responsible for "desensitizing" CAtholics..."to the beauty and ..value....of ..observances. (p.185). He goes on say that authority should not have control over observances. I thoroughly disagree. It is this post-Conciliar Church which has become too decentralized, like a ship without a rudder, that is responsible for its Crisis of Faith.

This is an interesting intellectual exposition but it is not a "Catholic" book. It will certainly disappoint traditionalists. For others, it is just some more in the bag of why Vatican 2 was necessary while, at the same time, saying let's bring back some good ol' things within the reform.Dufy tries to straddle. He did not make his case to this reader. very disappointing.
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