What is Catholicism? A 2,000 living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.
Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world.
Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life. Imagery is included throughout the book to illustrate the "story" -- 109 black-and-white, and 12 color photos in one 8-page insert.
Here's what they're saying about this book:
"Father Barron delights in the ways our faith puts flesh on the word. He tells us stories. He brings out the art, architecture, photos and human faces. He shows on every page that those who call Catholicism a 'system' are mistaken. It's a living Body. Father Barron wants the world to share his delight in that fact. Accessible to students yet stimulating for scholars, this book shows forth the unique civilization-forming potential of the Catholic faith and the Church's living Tradition in every age, including ours."
–- Dr. Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Signs of Life
“Clarity, intelligence, passion and elegance – these are the marks of a writer in top form, and Father Barron brings all these gifts to bear in this extraordinary reflection on the Catholic faith. If you read one book this year on what Catholics believe and why, this is the book to read – and to share with others.”
–- Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Denver
“Catholicism is one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’”
–- George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning
“Prepare yourself for an entrancing tour of the many facets of Catholicism. From Her art to Her architecture, Her theological riches, to the inspired personalities that have filled Her pews, the Catholic Church is laid bare by a priest who is more than up to the task. Like the Faith it seeks to capture, it is a journey that will leave you full – and then hungering for more.” –- Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mother Angelica and host of EWTN's The World Over Live
“Father Robert Barron is a brilliant academic, a popular writer, a seeker and a seer. In Catholicism he illuminates truths that have the power to set us free. It will be a benchmark book for years to come.” –- Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic?
“When Father Barron is talking, I can't stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can't put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.” –- Mike Aquilina, co-author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition