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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Catholicism


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I. Common Questions; Faith and reason: enemies or allies? / God and Proof: argument or assertion? / 'God' and God: language or reality? / God: three and one? / God and Evil: can they both exist? / The Church: do we need it? / Sacraments: saving signs or magic? / Our Lady: mariology or mariolatry? / The Papacy: help or obstacle? / Catholicism and Conscience: are they compatible? / The Ordination of Women: why not? / Annulment: divorce by another name? / Christianity and world religions: can they all be true? II. The Ten Commandments; Human Flourishing / God: not idols, magic or performance / Parents: honour them, despite Philip Larkin / Value Human Life - all of it / Defend Marriage / Property, Poverty and Relationships / Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say; III. The Seven Deadly Sins; The First Deadly Sin: Pride / The Second Deadly Sin: Sloth / The Third Deadly Sin: Envy / The Fourth Deadly Sin: Avarice / The Fifth Deadly Sin: Gluttony / The Sixth Deadly Sin: Wrath / The Seventh Deadly Sin: Lust; IV. The Virtuous Life; Introducing the Virtues / Faith / Hope / Love - and do what you will

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Alban McCoy is Chaplain to the University of Cambridge. He is also a literary editor of The Tablet. His book, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Christian Ethics, is also in the Continuum Icons series.


"'At every turn he challenges complacency and makes ancient wisdom fresh, exciting.' - Commonwealth"

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