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Roman Catholic Beliefs in England
Customary Catholicism and Transformations of Religious Authority


  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521093279

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  • This 1991 book makes available an empirical study of the transformations in religious beliefs that have occurred amongst English Catholics. It complements Dr Hornsby-Smith's well received Roman Catholics in England (1987) which provides the social and historical context for this present study. In Roman Catholic beliefs in England, Michael Hornsby-Smith explores Catholic beliefs over a range of concerns from doctrinal matters to questions of personal and social morality and assesses how religious beliefs are differentiated between different types of Catholics. He also examines the legitimacy accorded by English Catholics to both papal authority and religious authority in general.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521093279
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. From identity to commitment
    2. Varieties of Catholic accounts
    Part II. The Religious Beliefs of English Catholics:
    3. The everyday loves of lay Catholics
    4. The religion of core laity
    5. The customary religion of ordinary Catholics
    Part III. Transformations of Religious Authority:
    6. The pope's paradoxical people
    7. Core Catholics, conflict and contestation
    8. Ordinary Catholics and personal morality
    9. English Catholics and religious authority
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    10. Religious pluralism and secularisation

  • Author

    Michael P. Hornsby-Smith, University of Surrey

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