Feb 182012

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 of those books I was tempted to highlight every page.  If I hadn’t read the ebook version I could have saved myself time by just dipping the book in highlighter yellow.  I just so enjoyed how he wrote on the papacy and it’s connection to love or how the Church is permeated with Christ and united to him.  Just such a rich book with much to reflect on.

I found this book on EWTN’s document library.

Since I created an eBook from the text on EWTN’s site I provide it here:



Update: Due to a request here is a copy of “Roots of the Reformation” which was also available in EWTN’s document library.



  4 Responses to “The Spirit of Catholicism”

  1. Jeffrey – thanks so much for this! I, too, have just discovered these two books by Adam. I work at a University and the library has both in dead-tree format, but I saw them both on EWTN. I am downloading the one you converted to Kindle format; do you think, since you clearly know what you are doing, you could do the same for the “Roots of the Reformation” one?

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  2. Hmm… The link called “Kindle” above is still to the .epub version. I am using the Windows app for Kindle. Can’t see how to use it to open the .epub version. Do you have a .mobi version?


  3. Thank you for this.

  4. Thank you

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