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Posted March 6, 2003
Catholic? Thinking about it?
This book is indispesnable. It is not only comprehensive but it is also well organized and well indexed. McBrien not only explains the doctrines and the traditions of Catholicism, he also traces their history and summarizes contemporary theological views on each issue. These summaries include the 'official' Vatican view, of course, but they also include other points of view that may or may not become 'official' in the future. The only problem with this book is that it has been nine years since the last revision. So much has happened in the last nine years that a new revision is probably needed.
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Posted January 28, 2010
Massive Tome Promises Something for Everyone--Truly Catholic
McBrien's work contextualizes Catholicism well within an intellectual and historical framework. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and articulate. I highly recommend this work to anyone who is curious about Catholicism, whether he or she be Catholic or not. I am looking forward to a revision, since the work is dated in some areas and only mentions Papal Bulls up through the late 80's early 90's.
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