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A Road to Rome

Walking in the Foothills of Catholicism
  • By Ian James Oliver
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Why, in a world often thought to be 'post-Christian', would anyone seek to convert to Catholicism? Why would they stand up on the day of their reception into the Church and declare publicly that "I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God"? There are many answers to both of these questions, all of which must necessarily contain important aspects of an individual's own unique situation. Ivan Oliver seeks to locate the journey he and his wife Ann undertook together in the context of their conversion from Anglicanism, the searing experience of his terminal illness, and the encounter with Catholic worship, thought and action. Recognizing that Catholicism is definitely not a 'cafeteria' religion from which an individual chooses options at will, Ivan Oliver proves an invaluable guide to major aspects of the Catholic life - liturgy, music, symbolism, social and moral teaching and the prospects for a new evangelization. A new evangelization that Pope Francis has made the priority of the Church. Throughout all the difficulties and joyful experiences of becoming a Catholic he shows that this walk has proved to be a truly fulfilling encounter with the Lord. A journey which continues day by day into Catholicism as the most complete expression of Christianity. Moreover, a walk into a renewed Faith which he and Ann gladly invite others to share. Ivan Oliver's thoughtful reflections on his own journey to the Catholic Church will be invaluable to many: either contemplating the same move, helping others on their conversion path, or simply looking to understand their own faith in an increasingly perplexing world. Ivan James Oliver worked as a civil servant, taught at the University of Warwick and, thereafter, was a crofter rearing highland cattle in the far north of Scotland. His main academic interests were in social and political theory, religion, the philosophy of social science and the history of ideas in general - beyond these music, cycling, mountains, and the sustenance of the crofting way of life. He died in 2015.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780852448717
    • Manufacturer: Gracewing
    • ISBN 13: 9780852448717
    • Publication Date: 04/01/2016
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Ian James Oliver
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