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A Bad Catholic's Essays on What's Wrong With the World

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Marc Barnes first cared about being Catholic, “not out of any profound love for the person of Christ, but out of a profound distaste for my other options.” After exploring the options of the secular world, Barnes came to the conclusion that even the secular world isn’t secular enough. In fact, it is hopelessly Christian.

Through these essays Barnes exposes the hopelessly Catholic nature of our fallen world, and the joyous news that, even for the bad Catholic or the non-Catholic, there is nowhere to hide from the Truth. The beauty of Christ’s love can be found even in the most secular of circumstances.

So whether you’ve been hiding from the Good News or the world news, proclaiming “God is dead!” or “He is risen!”, you’ll find something in these essays to shout about.

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Looking around at the messy state of our culture, most of us are inclined to think, “wow, the world really needs Jesus.” Fewer of us are inclined to look at that mess and think, “wow, maybe I need Jesus.” In A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong With The World, Marc Barnes takes an inventory of the state of society—and more importantly, the state of his own soul—and makes a genuine case that maybe the Church continues to give answers to the problems that ail us all because there’s a decent chance those answers might be the right ones."

—Matt Swaim
Communications Coordinator, The Coming Home Network International, author of Prayer in the Digital Age

Although I don’t always agree with the author’s views, Marc Barnes’s writing is always interesting. A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong With The World offers a collection of engaging thought, creative writing, and personal reflection on one Catholic’s attempt to make sense of his faith and his world. Whether you are provoked to dispute or affirmed in your views, this book is worth a read.

—Daniel P. Horan, OFM
author, God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude

What Marc Barnes brings to us with A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong With The World is not just smart words and deep thoughts (though he assuredly brings both), but rather an approach to life that is delightful, unexpected, and true. His essays unpack the important while not forgetting the smiles and laughter that should always accompany them. This collection is a refreshing voice of reason in the midst of a world of turmoil.

—Sarah Reinhard
author and blogger, SnoringScholar.com

About the Author

The youngest honoree of FOCUS’s 2014 30 Catholic intellectuals under 30, Marc Barnes recently graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His writing has been featured in First Things, Medium, America magazine and his personal blog BadCatholic.

Product Details

Series No
Publish Date Oct 1, 2017
Pages 144
Size 5.5 x 8.25
Illustrator N/A
Case Quantity (Print) No
Product Type Book
Weight 0.4100
Product Code 827099

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