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Roman Catholicism in America : Columbia Contemporary American Religion (Hardcover) - Chester Gillis

Roman Catholicism in America

Columbia Contemporary American Religion (Hardcover)

Paperback Published: 27th April 2000
ISBN: 9780231108713
Number Of Pages: 366
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Who are American Catholics and what do they believe and practice? What is distinctive about the expression of Catholicism in America and how have Catholics influenced and been influenced by American culture and society? What different types of Catholics make up the church today? Chester Gillis offers a cogent survey of U.S. Catholic history, emphasizing the post--Vatican II era, and goes on to explore the various roles and missions of the church in education, health care, charity, and more.

One of the themes running through the narrative is the persistent tension between Rome and the American church, which is shaped by a thoroughly modern, dynamic, and secular culture. Also discussed is the changing role of authority and how Catholic notions of authority have changed over the past forty years and why.

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Gillis writes as an authentic insider, focusing on American Catholic identity and community and addressing an audience that specifically includes non-Catholics who are searching for what it is that distinguishes Catholics from their American culture. -- D.W. Ferm Choice This sturdy, well presented and well written portrait of Catholicism in the USA fills a serious gap in the marketplace. Centering on Catholic identity and community, Gillis performs an unenviable task well, of providing a useful introductory account of the largest religious group in the USA. Journal of Contemporary Religion This new series... portrays the diversity and complexity of religious life in America. Library Journal Gillis, the lead-off batter in the new Columbia Contemporary Religion series, has made a solid hit into left center field with this clear, engaging and reliable introduction to U.S. Catholicism...If the rest of the books in this series meet the standard set by Gillis, they will be an invaluable resource for interfaith understanding and harmony in this religious smorgasbord of a country. -- Jon Nilson Christian Century Gillis's inviting prose and discerning insights make this a fine introduction to American Catholicism. Publishers Weekly

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Who Are American Catholics?p. 8
A Brief History of Catholics in America: Colonial Times to 1900p. 48
A Brief History of Catholics in America: 1900 to the Second Vatican Councilp. 68
The Post-Vatican II Church in Americap. 95
Teachings and Beliefs: Part Ip. 127
Teachings and Beliefs: Part IIp. 158
Institutions, Roles, and Organizationsp. 197
Catholic Popular Culturep. 220
Challengesp. 238
The Futurep. 271
Select Profiles of American Catholicsp. 281
Time Linep. 291
Notesp. 295
Glossaryp. 323
Selected Further Readingp. 329
Electronic Resourcesp. 339
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780231108713
ISBN-10: 0231108710
Series: Columbia Contemporary American Religion (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 27th April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.99  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5