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The Spirit of Catholicism is a brilliant and widely influential reflection on the fundamental nature of the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church. First appearing in 1924, this is a truly pioneering work of Catholic theology, one that had a major influence on subsequent theology.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published 1924)
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Jeff Miller
Feb 18, 2012 Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing
I had recently read Roots of the Reformation by Fr. Karl Adam who was a German Catholic theologian. I had heard many good things about this book and found it very insightful and an excellent read. Thus I moved on to another book of his The Spirit Of Catholicism.

This was unbelievably good with a unique viewpoint. As a general canvas of the Church and her doctrines while it has some apologetic tone to it, mostly it has a theological viewpoint that looks at the Church on a deeper level. It was one
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Erik
Tour de force. I can see why this is on so many lists of Catholic books to read. This reads like a standard, although not of beliefs like the Catechism, but as the title plainly says, of the spirit of Catholicism, that is, how and why to live as a disciple of Christ. It is not a quick or "fun" read, but I got it from the library three times so I could digest it in my own time. This is a book I should buy.

Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Bibliography.

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Jed Park
Feb 11, 2014 Jed Park rated it really liked it
Excellent explanation and exploration of the Catholic faith. Adam is charitable to other faiths without capitulating in matters of doctrine. Very highly recommended.
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A worthwhile discussion of Catholic faith. It explains what the Church is, and who Catholics are. Great for Catholics looking to grow in the faith and for Protestants wanting to understand Catholics.
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Super good read. It moves through grasping a view of Catholic Christianity. It helps the reader to see Catholicity from within, as one should view stained glass windows. I'll be re-reading this soon. A classic for understanding Catholic Christianity.
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Karl Borromäus Adam was a German Catholic theologian of the early 20th century.

Adam was born in Bavaria in 1876. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Seminary at Regensburg and was ordained in 1900. Adam spent the next two years doing parish work. Adam received his doctorate at the University of Munich in 1904.

In 1915, he became a professor of theology in Munich. Two years later, he accep
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