To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

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Author: Douthat, Ross

Brand: Simon & Schuster

Number Of Pages: 256

Release Date: 27-03-2018

Details: Product Description A New York Times columnist and one of America’s leading conservative thinkers considers Pope Francis’s efforts to change the church he governs. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s stewardship of the Church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. “If a conclave were to be held today,” one Roman source told The New Yorker, “Francis would be lucky to get ten votes.” In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened—over communion for the divorced and the remarried—is so dangerous: How it cuts to the heart of the larger argument over how Christianity should respond to the sexual revolution and modernity itself, how it promises or threatens to separate the church from its own deep past, and how it divides Catholicism along geographical and cultural lines. Douthat argues that the Francis era is a crucial experiment for all of Western civilization, which is facing resurgent external enemies (from ISIS to Putin) even as it struggles with its own internal divisions, its decadence, and self-doubt. Whether Francis or his critics are right won’t just determine whether he ends up as a hero or a tragic figure for Catholics. It will determine whether he’s a hero, or a gambler who’s betraying both his church and his civilization into the hands of its enemies. Review "High-minded cultural criticism, concise, rhetorically agile, lit up by Douthat's love for the Roman Catholic Church....an adroit, perceptive, gripping account....It's strong stuff, conversationally lively and expressive." —The New York Times Book Review "Erudite and thought-provoking....weaves a gripping account of Vatican politics into a broader history of Catholic intellectual life to explain the civil war within the church....Douthat manages in a slim volume what most doorstop-size, more academic church histories fail to achieve: He brings alive the Catholic 'thread that runs backward through time and culture, linking the experiences of believers across two thousand years.' He helps us see that Christians have wrestled repeatedly with the same questions over the past two millennia." —The Washington Post “Absorbing.” —Booklist "A powerfully prophetic work whose sobriety and fairness magnifies the force of its warning. Pope Francis is leading a theological revolution whose recklessness beggars belief, and the effects of which stand to be more epochal than most Catholics realize. Ross Douthat reads the signs of these anxious times with acute clarity and far-seeing vision.  To Change the Church is must reading for every Christian who cares about the fate of the West and the future of global Christianity." —Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option About the Author Ross Douthat is a columnist for the  New York Times op-ed page. He is the author of  To Change the Church,  Bad Religion, and  Privilege, and coauthor of  Grand New Party. Before joining the  New York Times, he was a senior editor for the  Atlantic. He is the film critic for  National Review, and he cohosts the  New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast,  The Argument. He lives in New Haven with his wife and four children. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. To Change the Church One THE PRISONER OF THE VATICAN At the center of earthly Catholicism, there is one man: the Bishop of Rome, the Supreme Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ, the Patriarch of the West, the Servant of the Servants of God, the 266th (give or take an antipope) successor of Saint Peter. This has not changed in two thousand years. There was one bishop of Rome when the church was a persecuted minority in a pagan empire; one bishop of Rome when the church was barricaded into a Frankish redoubt to fend off an ascendant Islam; one bishop of Rome when the church lost half of Europe to Protestantism and gained a New World for its missionaries;

EAN: 9781501146923

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New