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Catholic Imagination

Catholic Imagination - 00 edition

Catholic Imagination - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780520232044

ISBN10: 0520232046

Catholic Imagination by Andrew M. Greeley - ISBN 9780520232044
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2000
International: No
Catholic Imagination by Andrew M. Greeley - ISBN 9780520232044

ISBN13: 9780520232044

ISBN10: 0520232046

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00

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Summary

Catholics live in an enchanted world: a world of statues and holy water, stained glass and votive candles, saints and religious medals, rosary beads and holy pictures. But these Catholic paraphernalia are merely hints of a deeper and more pervasive religious sensibility that inclines Catholics to see the Holy lurking in creation. The world of the Catholic is haunted by a sense that the objects, events, and persons of daily life are revelations of Grace. In this fascinating discussion of what is unique about the Catholic worldview and culture and what distinguishes it from Protestantism, Andrew Greeley one of the most popular and prolific authors writing today--examines the religious imagination that shapes Catholics lives.

In a lively and engaging narrative, Greeley discusses the central themes of Catholic culture: Sacrament, Salvation, Community, Festival, Structure, Erotic Desire, and the Mother Love of God. Ranging widely from Bernini to Scorsese, Greeley distills these themes from the high arts of Catholic culture and asks: Do these values really influence people's lives? Using international survey data, he shows the counterintuitive ways in which Catholics are defined. He goes on to root these behaviors in the Catholic imagination.

As he identifies and explores the fertile terrain of Catholic culture, Greeley illustrates the enduring power of particular stories, images, and orientations in shaping Catholics' lived experience. He challenges a host of assumptions about who Catholics are and makes a strong case for the vitality of the culture today. The Catholic imagination is sustained and passed on in relationships, the home, and the community, Greeley shows. Absorbing, compassionate, and deeply informed, this book provides an entirely new perspective on the nature and role of religion in daily life for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Sacred Place, Sacred Time
Chapter 2. Sacred Desire
Chapter 3. The Mother Love of God
Chapter 4. Community
Chapter 5. Hierarchy
Chapter 6. Salvation
Chapter 7. Sensibility and Socialization
Conclusion: The Enchanted Imagination
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index

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