I was raised Catholic and strayed away from the church for about 15 years. I am a bit of a skeptic and have a hard time with some Catholic 'policies' like the anti-gay stance, etc but am desperate these days to find something to believe in and something for my child to grow up believing. We don't have many churches near us so our option is basically just Catholic. Anyways, Can anyone tell me some good books for a skeptic to read that might help me find my belief???Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Mar. 1, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs
I'm not really sure what you're asking. Do you want books about Catholicism or different belief systems?
I'm reading Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly right now. He's a very good writer and gives a lot of history and reasons for many of the traditions. It's a good introduction to Catholicism, I'm reading it now because I'm attending a lecture he's giving at my church later this month.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:57 PM on Mar. 1, 2013
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Answer by spiritguide_23 at 8:23 PM on Mar. 1, 2013
Why not explore Secular Humanism? If it's the connection to something bigger than yourself that you miss, but are too skeptical to make yourself believe in supernatural beings, then this might be a good fit. Many communities have Freethought Associations that meet for fun and to be positive forces in their communities. Ours participates in charitable activities and has a highway clean-up crew, too. It's a positive way to be involved in the world that doesn't require rituals or Iron Age superstitions.
Here's a page to the Council for Secular Humanism that also has a "dangerous reading list".
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:24 PM on Mar. 1, 2013
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:25 PM on Mar. 1, 2013
Before you try to force yourself to believe one thing or another, go HERE and take the beliefnet quiz to figure out what you believe right now and which religions you most identify with.
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 10:53 AM on Mar. 2, 2013
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Answer by Anna92464 at 12:13 AM on Mar. 5, 2013
I'm not real knowledgeable about Catholics... But I do know Christ as my Savior. I would just suggest reading the whole Bible. Start in John then read Romans... Romans has a lot of good verses that relate to our sin nature and why we need the Lord in our lives. I like reading the New King James version and find it very helpful. I hope you find your way. It's so good that you are interested in raising your family with a certain Biblical belief.
Answer by Ruthmom802 at 7:54 PM on Mar. 7, 2013