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A Christian's Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its Origin and Role in the 21st Century

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Who are the Popes and how does the Roman Catholic Church define their role? What about the present day Popes? What is the ecumenical significance of the Papacy and what are its prospects in the global world? These and other questions are tackled as Leonardo De Chirico explores the Biblical, historical, and theological fabric of the Papacy.


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Who are the Popes and how does the Roman Catholic Church define their role? What about the present day Popes? What is the ecumenical significance of the Papacy and what are its prospects in the global world? These and other questions are tackled as Leonardo De Chirico explores the Biblical, historical, and theological fabric of the Papacy.

30 review for A Christian's Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its Origin and Role in the 21st Century

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason Mccool

    A good short read covering past, present and possible future roles of the Pope. The historical section was particularly informative for me to learn where, when and how the office of Pope came to be, along with the slow accretion of power and imperiousness that seems so foreign to followers of the Suffering Servant. Throughout the book, critiques are offered on key points, and changes in papal doctrine are examined to see whether they are changes in form only or more substantial reformations that A good short read covering past, present and possible future roles of the Pope. The historical section was particularly informative for me to learn where, when and how the office of Pope came to be, along with the slow accretion of power and imperiousness that seems so foreign to followers of the Suffering Servant. Throughout the book, critiques are offered on key points, and changes in papal doctrine are examined to see whether they are changes in form only or more substantial reformations that a Christian could stand with. In the end, the author concludes that, unfortunately, hopeful signs of reformation in RC papal doctrine are relatively shallow and do nothing to address the foundational theological problems with the office of the Pope as "Vicar of Christ", infallible, etc. Leonardo does a good job of highlighting the lack of biblical support for papal succession, the reliance of the RCC on extrabiblical tradition, and the strong biblical reasons against such a role in the church. Overall, I think Leonardo lays some good groundwork for honest dialogue between Protestants and Catholics on the matter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Good quick overview of the papacy from its inception to today and a look at how it may project itself as the main voice for ALL Christians in the future. Written by a Protestant pastor who shepherds a church in Rome, he helpfully highlights points of interest and warnings throughout, making for a more interesting read. I've pre-ordered the author's handbook on Marioligy coming out in the fall.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Loughridge

    Good solid introduction - not so much to Roman Catholicism, but to the office of the Pope, its origins, role, and future--although of course it covers aspects of Catholicism as they impinge on the office of the pope.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott Morter II

    A phenomenal brief treatment of the papacy. Leaning on the historical foundations, De Chirico offers a clear presentation, from the evangelical perspective, of the Roman Catholic understanding of the Pope, the Church and the world at large.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Richardson

    A good, brief introduction to the papacy. Understanding how it began, what it believes, and why Protestants reject it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kris Lundgaard

    Concise yet effective and informative. Excellent analysis from an evangelical perspective.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    As a Protestant, I found it a helpful, and concise, explanation of the Papacy. Seems to me a problematic organization. (The religious and secular world look to him as a sort of star?) "The only revision that is necessary is to go back to the Scriptures and be willing to follow its teaching, no matter what the cost."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    It was ok. I wanted to like it, but the reasoning and arguments were very weak and I think RC's would simply dismiss it as loaded with straw men. For example, that Jesus rebuked Peter in Matthew 16 does not show that Peter did not, therefore, posses infallibility.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark A Powell

    Informative, but dense and dry. Scope was a bit too big for a "pocket guide" though de Chirico's research is unquestionably sound.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great basic introductory read on the Papacy. Really easy and accesible.

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    Kim Elder

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