The Complete Idiots guide to understanding Catholicism

Review :

Okay, first, I'm not Catholic. This book, however, was really enjoyable. I learned some stuff, and even the stuff they gloss-over is not to onerous. Do I feel there are things not being answered Yes. They don't talk about the Old Catholic Church, Who split off during Vatican 1, They sort of gloss over the Mary issue (perpetual virginity, and Jesus not having siblings)---they do point out they don't know if he did or not, playing it safe---They do acknowledge the schisms (both with Orthodox and Protestant). While at the same time barely mentioning inquisition other than to say it was the secular governments fault. Same with the Crusades. Still overall this is a book I think people should read, whether they're Catholic or not.


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