By Gerald O'Collins
Regardless of a protracted background of exterior threats and inner strife, the Roman Catholic Church and the wider phenomenon of Catholicism stay an unlimited and precious presence into the 3rd millennium of global historical past.
What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism replaced and tailored to such big and various cultural affects over the centuries? What nice demanding situations does the Catholic Church now face within the twenty-first century, either inside of its personal lifestyles and in its relation to others worldwide? during this Very brief creation, Gerald O'Collins attracts at the most sensible present scholarship to be had to respond to those questions and to give, in transparent and obtainable language, a clean advent to the biggest and oldest establishment on this planet. O'Collins explains sincerely and concisely the place the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's ethical instructing, and the place it truly is heading. The ebook additionally features a timeline of occasions within the historical past of Catholicism and priceless feedback for additional examining.
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Extra resources for Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
From the midfourth century onward, some (though not all) in the pro-Nicene party would argue that Jesus’ human soul was the subject of the human passions, ignorance, and inﬁrmities described in the Gospels. By this maneuver, the pro-Nicenes were able to screen the lÞgoB from human defect and imperfection and, therefore, to preserve the perfection of the Son’s divinity. According to the logic of Arian anthropology, however, a body without a soul could not be the subject of these experiences. Put plainly, there was no mental or emotional organ in the human body to ‘‘process’’ them.
Some texts contain one kind of revelation, some another. 7 Clearly, Jesus’ explicit acknowledgment of ignorance is not an indication of divine inferiority; it is simply an instance of revelation being withheld or concealed. Subtle, clever, and even promising as this hermeneutic is, Hilary never exploits in the few times in De Trinitate he explicitly treats the Markan text. Instead, he bases his remarks on an a priori conception of the Son’s full divinity and on the logical possibilities implied by that conception.
Did he, in particular, learn anything from other men and women? ’’63 (When? ) Note, then, that Thomas is not merely asserting an acquired knowledge in Christ. He is, in effect, insisting upon an acquired christus proﬁciens? 33 omniscience. And with the afﬁrmation of real progress in knowledge and with the assertion of acquired omniscience, Thomas passes on to other issues. Thomas in Ancient and Medieval Context: Some Conclusions The mature Thomas advanced a reading of this text which represents a real departure from that proposed by his patristic predecessors and mendicant contemporaries, not to mention his own earlier position.
Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Gerald O'Collins