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The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary

The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary

by Richard A. Spinello
     
 

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Pope John Paul II was the second longest serving pope in history and the longest serving pope of the last century. His presence was influential not only to Catholics, but also throughout the world. The Encyclicals of John Paul II is the first book to focus in depth on the pope’s fourteen encyclicals, through which he communicated many of the key themes of his

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Pope John Paul II was the second longest serving pope in history and the longest serving pope of the last century. His presence was influential not only to Catholics, but also throughout the world. The Encyclicals of John Paul II is the first book to focus in depth on the pope’s fourteen encyclicals, through which he communicated many of the key themes of his papacy.

The first part of the book includes helpful background information—a brief biographical sketch of John Paul II’s life, his intellectual formation, and central theological themes of his papacy, including some of the major controversies of the 20th century. The first section of the book also provides invaluable background on the nature of an encyclical, including the history of this papal document.

The second part of the book provides a thorough commentary on these encyclicals. The encyclicals are grouped by theme, introduced individually, and analyzed to trace broad themes through John Paul II’s work and theology. The Encyclicals of John Paul II provides an important discussion of these key documents from John Paul II’s papacy.

Editorial Reviews

Rev. Matthew L. Lamb
Blessed John Paul II will rank among the truly great popes in history, not only for the immense impact he has had on the social and political fortunes of Poland and Europe, but also for the leadership he has provided in renewing the intellectual and spiritual life of the Church and world. Professor Spinello's collection of the Pope's fourteen encyclicals with his insightful introduction and commentary belongs in every thoughtful person's library.
Michael Pakaluk
Just as we should read again as adults the great books we first encountered in high school, so 'JP Catholics' who grew up under the fatherly care of that great Pope will want to study his teachings again, as mature Catholics who have perhaps started their own families, or followed a priestly or religious vocation. For that second look and deeper encounter, Richard Spinello's book will prove a helpful starting point and guide.
Deborah Savage
With this very accessible and beautifully written book, Spinello has done us all a great service. Scholars of Blessed Pope John Paul II will find a depth of analysis that reveals both the foundations and the implications of the late Holy Father's body of work - while those who simply wish to understand the man himself will find the secret to his influence on the Church and on the world illuminated and explained. It is a must read for anyone with an interest in bringing the teaching of John Paul II to life in contemporary culture.
Joseph W. Koterski S.J.
Like Sources of Renewal, the handbook that John Paul II himself composed while he was a young bishop for the better understanding of the documents of Vatican II in Poland, Richard Spinello’s handbook on the encyclicals of John Paul II is just the sort of volume that we need. John Paul II’s writings are worthy of our careful study, and this analysis provides all the necessary background and helps to guide a reader through even the most complex arguments.
Thomas Petri
With this book, Richard Spinello fills an important lacuna in scholarly research on the thought of Pope John Paul II. For the first time, we have a consistent theological commentary connecting John Paul's early thought with the corpus of his encyclicals.
CHOICE
Spinello (Boston College) has written the first general introduction to all of John Paul II's encyclicals. The book does not discuss the pope's other works except in passing, but Spinello devotes useful space to describing the pre-papal writings and their relation to the encyclicals. Written from the viewpoint of a convinced conservative partisan of John Paul II, the focus of this book is on the pope's anthropology, ethics, and relation to contemporary philosophical and theological currents. Spinello sees John Paul II's thought as a whole, resting on Thomistic metaphysics and a strong commitment to personal freedom and responsibility grounded in truth exercised in relationship to others. All of this is viewed through Saint John of the Cross's notion that love is self-gift: "Man finds himself through a sincere gift of self" (Dominus et Vivificantem, 1986)....It is a useful introduction. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.
Speculum
Source: Splendor of Truth

This book really explores his writings and the consistent vision behind them. It helps to provide a better understanding of his underlying philosophy and how to get the most out of them and his other works.

Much more than just a quick summary and really a insightful guide into understanding these encyclicals

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442219403
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2012
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
911,380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Spinello is associate research professor at Boston College. He is the author of The Genius of John Paul II: The Great Pope’s Moral Wisdom.

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