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What Catholics Really Believe [Paperback]

Karl Keating
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  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; Reprint edition (Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898705533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898705539
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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As someone who was brought up within Fundamentalism, and who later received a formal education in Reformed Theology, I had a good many questions concerning the legitimacy of the Sacred Traditions of the RCC. Keating's explaination concerning the difference between Sacred Tradition and Customs of the Church was eye opening. Much of what I was told was dogma was actually a matter of custom and, therefore, not essential to Catholic Faith. This discrepancy caused me to re-examine Sacred Traditions such the Canonization of the Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Papal Authority and Infallibility for myself. The result of further reading confirms Keating's assertions on RCC doctrine in (very persuasive terms). Fundamentalists,Evangelicals, and Protestants of evry ilk - do yourselves the favor of reading this book. If you still disagree afterward - at least you can do so with integrity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 52 Basics, not enough detail 30 July 1999
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As a 23 year-old life-long Catholic, I thought many of the _misconceptions_ were surprising! I found myself asking, "Who would ever believe such a thing about Catholic faith?" This book clears up some MAJOR misconceptions people may have. It would do wonders for any Catholic who has stopped growing/learning in their faith since they were young, and any non-Catholic who has heard some crazy rumors about what Catholics believe. But I must say many explanations seemed more about confirming what Catholics believe or do not believe instead of why or where a given tradition originated. It is a good place to start though.
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By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
There are many topics and issues in Catholic faith that elicit a not too small amount of controversy. Unfortunately, most of those topics and issues are poorly understood, by either the critics or Catholics themselves. A lot can be said about the poor levels of catecheses of Catholics, but that will not help us much when confronting the real world situations and may in fact be counterproductive - it can in fact dissuade some Catholics from learning more about their faith. In the light of all of this, Karl Keating's book is a Godsend. It deals honestly, succinctly and informatively with all those hot button issues that surround Catholicism. The book is broken down in several major sections, each one of which contains a number of questions that one might ask about Catholic faith. The total of 52 questions comprehensively covers most of the more controversial topics. The book is fairly short, and thus it should be accessible to anyone who is serious about learning more about Catholic faith. For Catholics who have had either an inadequate formation in their faith or who have forgotten most of it this book can serve as a refresher course. On the other hand, for those who have major misgivings about Catholicism this book can server to dispel some misconceptions or at least to give an accurate picture of what it is that Catholics really believe. It may not persuade them in the soundness of the doctrines or the reasoning behind them, but at least it will provide and honest and accurate information about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Simple and straight to the point 8 Aug 1999
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I think you couldn't find a better, more concise, yet complete explanation of Roman Catholic beliefs - not what some folks may think are beliefs, but the honest-to-gosh real Church dogma. It does a great job of dispelling the misconceptions and "old wives' tales" about the Church. I especially recommend it to new Catholics and those whose faith may be a little shaky
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