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  1. Just Sayin'

    So, what are some good books on Catholicism for people like me who liked those two sentences you quoted?

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    1. Just Sayin'

      Whoops, I’ve just seen your reply to me in your previous post (for some reason I didn’t get the ‘new post’ email).

      Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity is on my bookshelf and has been since he became Benedict. High time that I read it!

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      1. Well, if you liked those sentences, you’d probably really love this book. But read Ratzinger too! My copy is getting pretty worn and I recommend it to just about everyone.

        I know what you mean about the email updates. Sometimes they come instantaneously; sometimes they take hours.

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  2. I think its ok for authors and even preachers to use technical terms within a teaching / preaching framework…as long as its not overly done. I think its ok to educate the congregation into having some technical nous …yet at the same time there is a huge tension to do so with understanding for all.

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    1. Perhaps. I just felt the academic language was a little heavy-handed in this one, and in places where it wasn’t necessary.

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      1. I’m yet to read the book. I’m finding my list is growing longer each day. :) My thoughts were more to encourage you not to worry to much if you stray in technical language… I think college life would be easier if more technical terms were used from the pulpit… explained within a simpler framework through. Sigh….can there be such a tension.

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  3. Just Sayin'

    Wouldn’t technical terms be fine as long as preachers explained them in simpler terms? And explained them a good many times so that no one was left behind? Otherwise the notorious chasm between academy and congregation will never be bridged?

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  4. If anyone wants to understand the Catholic Church, this is the book to read. Father Barron, explains in beautiful, understandable terms the Church, it’s origin, it’s fundamental truths and why Catholics consider the Church their call from Christ. This is in contrast to the modern western view of the Catholic Church as nothing more than the original man made Christian organization that may or may not be attractive based on one’s own personal preconceptions and ideology.

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