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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 1999
Although Kevin Johnson writes this book from an obviously biased Catholic perspective, there are some good explanations about what Catholics believe, how they interpret the Bible and how those interpretations have resulted in the Catholic faith. This book would be useful not only to Catholics who are interested in learning more about their faith, but for non-Catholics who want to understand the Catholic religion better. There are also some very non-denominational historical contexts and explanations provide which will help all faiths understand the foundation of the Judeo-Christian beliefs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 1998
Being a Protestant, I read this book out of curiosity, as I have heard so many terrible things about the Catholic religion. It answered a lot of questions for me and helped me understand the reasons for the Catholic traditions. It showed me the ignorance of the Protestants in condemning a religion that preserved the Scriptures for us, the monks hand copying the Bible for us. It showed me that the Catholic church is based completely on Scripture. The book is very easy to read, to the point, and enlightening. I highly recommend this, especially to Protestants. There is a lot of condemnation from the Protestant church based on ignorance. I'm glad I became informed. At least I will know what I'm talking about if I disagree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 1996
Dr. Johnson provides an excellent resource for those new to the Catholic church, or those who are curious about this often misunderstood religion.

His writing is extremely readable (almost conversational), yet retains a scholarly flair which will not only educate but entertain.

I found his discussion on biblical history particularly revealing.

He is careful to provide appropriate biblical or Church references when appropriate. Consequently, this text could serve as an excellent source for the beginning Catholic Apologist to begin their studies.

As a life-long Catholic, I learned more about my religious heritage and the underlying philosophical/theological symbolism of most of the Church's rites and traditions.

I believe this book to be a refreshing, educational, and modern explanation of the Church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 1999
I first saw Kevin Orlin Johnson on EWTN. His knowledge of the Faith and history of the Church were quite impressive. I ordered this book because I had many questions on why Catholics do what they do before, during and after the Mass. Having attended parochial middle and high schools as well as having extended family members that are Catholic I have often attended Mass during the High Holy Days of Easter and Christmas. I had already gained a basic understanding of Church principles during my studies for a degree in Art History but Mr. Johnson have me a deeper appreciation of the rich history of the Church.
I must admit that his need to de-value Protest traditions and beliefs may be a distraction to those of other faiths reading the book as a start to possible conversion. The richness of Church history and ties to Biblical teachings is strong enough without having to degrade the beliefs of others.
All in all this is a well written book that I would recommend to all, Catholic and Protestant alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 1999
This was very informative on some matters, and on others lacked a great deal. I do not recommend this book to anyone except the religious catholic already quite stable in their beliefs. The book explains a great deal on the differences of faiths within the cultures of the world, it does not explicitely explain what is needed to know by many protestants, such as "What is the Rosary?". Overall rating: average
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 1998
I have almost finished reading the entire book. Pretty good, I learned a great deal.
Some biblical references to his points are wrong, or at least not related. See page 48, par 2. Most references to the bible are not even closly related to the topic he is developing - save one, the ref to Sir 5:5-9. In the same note he also says "nobody has any assurance of salvation". Where did that come from? I have plenty of references (biblical and other) where belivers are assured of salvation via Jesus Christ.
Also, some may be slightly put off by some of the comments regarding Protestants. The author, at times, comes off a bit bias - coloring the readers opinion of Protestants as some kind of wacky step child that will some day learn there lesson and come home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 1997
An outstanding discussion of many of the Church's rites, rituals, and traditions. As the title suggests, it answers many questions about the form of Catholic religious practice. It does not attempt to discuss in depth the topics of Church history, theology, Canon Law, apologetics, etc. It is not a catechism nor an encyclopedia. While many of those topics are discussed to some extent, it is in support of answers to common questions about the most visible signs of Catholic practice, liturgical rites, etc. I have shared this book with friends who are non-Catholic Christians already familiar with Christian theology and practice... who found it extremely informative in understanding the "mysteries" of Catholic practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 1999
I bought this book hoping that my non-Catholic wife might learn about some of the Catholic practices. Unfortunately, the book answered none of her fairly simple questions. My wife attended mass with me and came away with so many questions: 1. Why do you kneel during some parts? 2. What is a deacon? 3. What is the difference between a Dominican, a Franciscan, a Jesuit, a Redemptorist? 4. What do you mean by "Mystery of Faith"? I could go on and on ... but I won't find simple answers to any of these questions in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 1999
One of the greatest things about this unbelieveably good book was how it was set up. It explains the Catholic Faith in sections that are most commonly inquired upon. It can be used fully operationally as a quick refernce book or as a read-through discussion defending the Catholic Faith. It uses Sacred Scripture AND Sacred Apostolic Tradition to reinforce every subject. The whole book is written fully explaining every dispute. Overall, it was an EXCELLENT book.
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on 11 September 1997
This is another boonie dog review from Wolfie and Kansas. We listened to the audio cassettes of Kevin Orlin Johnson's "Why Do Catholics Do That?" because we live half a block away from a Catholic church, and we have many questions about Catholics. For example, do Catholics have regular traffic jams and processions in front of our yard because they like to hear us bark? If Catholics share our canine belief in a vigilant but kind supreme being who watches over His/Her flock, why do they continue to spell that deity's name backwards in English?
Dr. Johnson does not answer these particular questions. He does answer a lot of others. This is not a balanced or critical work (and not intended as such.) You will not hear the word "inquisition" a single time despite much discussion of the Church's history. Nonetheless, if you are a boonie dog on an island where ninety percent of the noncanine animals of primate derivation are Catholic, this tape is a good introduction and overview that will give you some idea just what those Catholic humans are doing and, as the title says, why they do it.
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