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Formerly Essential Catholicism, this book has been retitled to reflect how, through the centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has evolved in many aspects of its teaching. The new title also refelects how theologians today grapple with ever new ways of understanding many facets of Catholic belief and practice.
The highly-praised author of A Concise History of the Catholic Church presents a basic course in the teachings of Catholicism as seen in their historical development--the book for the questioning Catholic. Who is Jesus? What is papal infallibility? What does the Church say about marriage and divorce? This is a book, says Bokenkotter "for the Catholic who wants to think through his or her faith".
Thomas Bokenkotter is the author of the bestselling A Concise History of the Catholic Church. With a doctorate in history (Louvain University) he teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is also the pastor of Assumption Church there and is active in the social ministry, running a soup kitchen that he founded twenty years ago and a transitional living facility for homeless women and children.