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Undeniably useful but distinctly dodgy nonetheless,
This review is from: Catholicism For Dummies (Paperback)
This book offers a useful overview of Catholic beliefs and practices that is difficult to find elsewhere, but non-Catholics beware, this is not a book about Catholicism, it is a Catholic book. This is not for 'people of all...beliefs' as the cover blurb claims - both authors are Catholic priests and the absence of a non-Catholic voice is sorely apparent. The reader is not presented with both sides of the argument in most cases and the Brief History of Catholicism section is littered with historical inaccuracies. The treatment of contentious issues is often laughable in its blinkered approach, and some will find the content plain offensive. We are told that the Catholic Church conducted itself without any fault at all during the Holocaust, the ban on the ordination of women has absolutely nothing to do with pollution and contamination taboos, and even that Galileo did not suffer under the Church at all, but rather endured only a 'comfy' house arrest. Great swathes of the debate are missing due to the book's faith perspective, and those without a good general historical knowledge and understanding of the current critiques of the Catholic Church will go away with many misconceptions.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2009 17:36:30 GMT
Simon Says says:
Er...its about Catholicism, why do you expect a non-Catholic perspective, ....Dummy!
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