The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored

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What does being a Catholic mean? Is there a distinctively Catholic way of seeing things? What does the Catholic Church teach about the human condition -- about our lives, our loves, and our destiny? In The Truth of Catholicism, best-selling author George Weigel explores these perennial questions through the prism of ten contemporary controversies.

The Catholic Church may be the most controversial institution in the world. Some find its teachings inexplicable, puzzling, even cruel. George Weigel suggests that we look at Catholicism and its controversies from "inside" the convictions that make those controversies not only possible, but necessary The truths of Catholicism then come into clearer focus as affirmations and celebrations of human life and human love, even as they challenge us to imagine a daring future for humanity and for ourselves.

Is Jesus uniquely the savior of the world? Does belief in God limit our freedom? What are we doing when we pray? Is the moral life about rules or about happiness? Doesn't suffering contradict the biblical claim that God is good? How does the Catholic Church think about other Christians and about other great world religions? Are Catholics safe for democracy? What will become of us? In an engaging, accessible style, George Weigel leads us through these and other questions into the truth of Catholicism: the truth about a God passionately in love with his creation, the truth about a love that creates a vast, liberating terrain on which to live a fully human life.

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In The Truth of Catholicism, John Paul II's biographer George Weigel tackles 10 of the most controversial and complex questions for which the Catholic Church provides answers. The subjects of these questions include the uniqueness of Christ, the meaning of freedom, the dignity of human life from conception until natural death, and the use and abuse of sex. Weigel writes as a committed Catholic, and he asks that readers of all faiths suspend their disbelief while reading his book. "By 'coming inside' and seeing how the Catholic vision of the human condition and the human prospect fit together," Weigel explains, "both the curious and the discontented will, it is hoped, be able to see the affirmation and celebration of the human project in Catholicism, not condemnation and mindless prohibition." Weigel's project is worthy, his chosen questions are important ones, and his answers are easily understood and often persuasive. Nevertheless, his choice not to acknowledge the political dynamic of "condemnation and mindless prohibition" that mitigates many of Catholicism's truths is unfortunate, as those worldly dynamics are as real as divine revelation, and will always be, as long as we live in a fallen world. --Michael Joseph Gross

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George Weigel is one of the world's foremost authorities on the Catholic Church and the author of the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. He is a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News.

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