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List of Illustrations Abbreviations Picture Credits 1: The First Thousand Years 2: The Second Thousand Years 3: Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture 4: The Tripersonal God and the Incarnate Son 5: The Human Condition 6: The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory 7: The Sacraments 8: The Catholic Church and its Mission 9: Catholic Moral Life and Teaching 10: Basic Characteristics of Catholicism 11: Current Challenges

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Gerald O'Collins, S.J., A.C., is Professor Emeritus of Gregorian University, Rome. Mario Farrugia, S.J., is Professor of Systematic Theology at Gregorian University, Rome.


`Review from previous edition It can be read with great profit ... it is extremely well-informed and very up-to-date in its reading.' English Historical Review `... unusual and very useful book ... a highly readable narrative, containing a fund of interesting details and observations.' Times Literary Supplement `An inspiring and lucid account of the genius of Catholicism. There is much in this description that all Christians can subscribe to and agree with.' George Carey `In their deeply impressive survey of the Catholic traditions past and present, Fathers O'Collins and Farrugia demonstrate immense learning, and offer a quite awe-inspiring global vision.' Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University `This is a special book which is most highly recommended.' Fr Emmet P Costello SJ, Catholic Weekly `It can be read with profit and delight as a testament to the great central truths and themes of historic Christianity. A superb achievement.' Rowan Williams

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