Friday, May 9, 2014

The transforming character of our Creed

Have we grown
too old for catechisms?

Some say we have.

The world prefers uncertainty,
and the Catechism provides answers.

This uncertainty has shaped
our culture and, in turn, is shaping us.

The antidote

is the world transforming
character of the Catholic Creed . . .

. . . and in these pages you'll discover
how the potency and power of our Faith
can redefine the culture of the West.

Rarely does a book come along that so succinctly explains the decline of modern culture, articulates a defense of the Church's teachings, and offers a hope-filled path for building a civilization grounded in Catholic truth.

In these pages, author Ryan Topping does all three, pulling back the curtain on the false philosophies of the secularists and showing that in the West today the most formidable threat to freedom is not failing economies or Islam, but secularism.

Our best defense, this book claims, is a vibrant Catholic culture, and our best hope for creating it lies in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

This book takes you on a masterful journey through the relevant portions of the Catechism, distilling sophisticated theological concepts into words that are simple, clear, and direct, while unpacking its core teachings on faith and morals that nurture true civilizations.

What's more, Rebuilding Catholic Culture will show you sensible ways to begin restoring Catholic culture — right now — in your own life and family, and in your larger community as well.

"This extraordinary book should be read by every Catholic parent, pastor, educator, politician — in fact, everyone."
Michael O'Brien
author of A Father's Tale: A Novel

"This book deserves to take its place among the Catholic classics."
Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P.
Prior of Blackfriars, Cambridge

"This profound work of scholarship is a delight to read."
Fr. John Saward
Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford University

"Ryan Topping wields the Catechism as a weapon of wisdom with which he demolishes the nonsense of the worldy philosophers and the sophistries they espouse."
Joseph Pearce
author of Race with the Devil


Rebuilding Catholic Culture
by Dr. Ryan N.S. Topping
304 Pages — List Price: $19.95

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In our hearts, we know that every event in our lives is providential and that each of us play a critical role in the unfolding of the story God has written. We believe that God’s will is anchored deep within our soul, and so too is the desire to know it and to live it.

In Reflections on the Christian Life, acclaimed Catholic author Anthony Esolen claims that the story of your life has already been written — and can be discovered — by considering the life and person of Jesus. Only in God does the world possess meaning, and therefore only in relation to God is your life a genuine story.

Here, Esolen offers a brilliant reflection — in ways that only he can — upon what it means for any of us, and for all of us together, to dwell in a world of stories. And he shows how we can take events in the life of Christ as the touchstone for all that happens to us on our journey from time to eternity.

Indeed, this book will finally awaken in you the unshakable confidence that despite even the tragic stories of this life, the good things you’ve known and loved are not gone forever: all that is lost will be found; all will be restored; all will be perfected. Truly, there will be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1).

Like the star that led the Magi to Jesus, the wisdom in these pages will lead you to Christ. It will instill in you hope that increases every step of your way.

"Reflections on the Christian Life is written by today's best Catholic writer in the English speaking world — and this is his best book yet!"
Fr. C.J. McCloskey III

"In these pages, St. Augustine's 'beauty ever ancient, ever new' is presented with a simple elegance worthy of the Gospel's eternal newness."
Fr. George William Rutler

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