Written by a leading journalist, broadcaster and former editor of the Catholic Herald, Catholicism: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed in your studies, all in one place. It covers the key themes and topics that you are expected to understand, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like key ideas, quotations, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam. Each of the four parts in the book covers a key introductory area, so by the end of the book you'll have a clear understanding of the essential tenets. Starting with the basics, and then exploring the history of Catholicism, the tenets of Papacy and Authority and also the Church in the Modern World, it is a comprehensive account of Catholic doctrine, faith and history. This new edition also considers the impact of the election of Pope Francis and the shift that his era is creating. 'Teach Yourself' titles employ the 'Breakthrough method', which is designed specifically to overcome problems that students face. - Problem: "I find it difficult to remember what I've read."
; Solution: this book includes end-of-chapter summaries and questions to test your understanding. - Problem: "Most books mention important other sources, but I can never find them in time."; Solution: this book includes fully referenced quotes ready to use in your essay or exam, and each chapter lists further suggested readings for each topic. - Problem: "Lots of introductory books turn out to cover totally different topics than my course."; Solution: this book is written by a current university lecturer who understands what students are expected to know.
Catholicism: A Complete Introduction by Peter Stanford was published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division in October 2015. The ISBN for Catholicism: A Complete Introduction is 9781473615793.