The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

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The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. The essays are addressed to all those who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Catholic life and thought. The Companion is divided into four accessible parts:

Catholic Histories includes essays on major eras of the Catholic story, from Scriptures and the...

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Overview

The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. The essays are addressed to all those who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Catholic life and thought. The Companion is divided into four accessible parts:

Catholic Histories includes essays on major eras of the Catholic story, from Scriptures and the early Church through the Middle Ages and Reformation to Modernity and Post-Modernity

Catholic Cultures describes Catholics in different lands - the Holy Land and India and Africa, Europe and the British Isles and Ireland, Latin America and North America, Asia and Oceania

Catholic Doctrines has essays on central topics in the practice o Catholic theology and development of doctrine - God and Jesus Christ, creation and Church and Mary, sacraments and moral theology, and eschatology

Catholic Practices surveys some of the central Catholic practices: spirituality and ecumenism, inter-religious dialog and Catholic institutions (schools, hospitals, and charitable organizations), art and the natural sciences, the Holy See.

The result is a comprehensive and illuminating reference work, spanning the diversity and capturing the resonances of Roman Catholic life and thought

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Editorial Reviews

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

“This contribution to the Blackwell Companions in Religion series is an excellent addition. It is not intended as a tool to answer general questions about the Catholic church but will find a home on many academic and priestly shelves. It should also be found on the shelves of any library attempting to cover theology and religion, especially those in non-Roman Catholic traditions seeking to provide a comprehensive and competent resource for those carrying out serious research for either personal or academic purposes.” Reference Reviews

"The editors have assembled veterans of the study of Catholicism from institutions worldwide to provide probably the best single-volume introduction to the subject currently available. Thirty-three topics are split among four sections: histories, cultures, doctrines, and practices. Necessarily the contributors have had to be very selective in covering their respective areas, but readers will come away knowing a great deal about the church, its history, and life. The writing is exceptionally clear and blessedly error-free ... Essential." CHOICE

“The Companion aims for, and achieves, comprehensiveness: it is rare to find in one place so many snapshots of that vast, bordered but messily unfenced world we call Catholicism … learned, succinct and engaging.” The Way

"This is a very useful collection for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of Catholioism." Expository Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444337327
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series , #69
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,424,150
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction James J. Buckley Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt Trent Pomplun 1

Part I Catholic Histories 5

1 The Old Testament Claire Mathews McGinnis 7

2 The New Testament Luke Timothy Johnson 22

3 The Early Church Angela Russell Christman 36

4 The Middle Ages Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt 49

5 The Reformation Carlos M.N. Eire 63

6 Modernity and Post-Modernity Peter J. Casarella 81

Part II Catholic Cultures 97

7 The Holy Land David B. Burrell 99

8 India Charles J. Borges 112

9 Africa Emmanuel Katongole 127

10 Europe Emmanuel Perrier 143

11 Great Britain and Ireland Fergus Kerr D. Vincent Twomey 159

12 Latin America Angel F. Méndez Montoya 173

13 North America Sandra Yocum Mize 189

14 Asia Peter C. Phan 205

15 Oceania Tracey Rowland 221

Part III Catholic Doctrines 235

16 The Practice of Catholic Theology Joseph A. DiNoia 237

17 The Development of Doctrine John E. Thiel 251

18 God Robert Barron 268

19 Creation and Anthropology Mary Aquin O'Neill 282

20 Jesus Christ Edward T. Oakes 297

21 Mary Trent Pomplun 312

22 Church Avery Cardinal Dulles 326

23 The Liturgy and Sacraments Susan. K. Wood 340

24 Moral Theology David Matzko McCarthy 354

25 The End James J. Buckley 371

Part IV Catholic Practices 387

26 Spirituality Wendy M. Wright 389

27 Institutions John A. Coleman 403

28 The Holy See Francis A. Sullivan 418

29 Ecumenism Michael Root 432

30 Inter-Religious Dialog Gavin D'Costa 449

31 Art and Literature Patrick Sherry 463

32 Science and Theology Michael Heller 477

33 Justice and Peace Kelly Johnson 490

Index 505

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