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The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3732-7
540 pages
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.
  • Engages its readers in an informed and informative conversation about Roman Catholic life and thought
  • Embraces the local and the global, the past and the present, life and the afterlife, and a broad range of institutions and activities
  • Considers both what is distinctive about Catholic life and thought, and how Catholicism overlaps with and transforms other ways of thinking and living
  • Topics covered include: peacemaking, violence and wars; money, the vow of poverty and socio-economic life; art by and about Catholics; and men, women and sex
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction 1
James J. Buckley, Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun

Part I Catholic Histories 5

1 The Old Testament 7
Claire Mathews McGinnis

2 The New Testament 22
Luke Timothy Johnson

3 The Early Church 36
Angela Russell Christman

4 The Middle Ages 49
Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt

5 The Reformation 63
Carlos M.N. Eire

6 Modernity and Post- Modernity 81
Peter J. Casarella

Part II Catholic Cultures 97

7 The Holy Land 99
David B. Burrell

8 India 112
Charles J. Borges

9 Africa 127
Emmanuel Katongole

10 Europe 143
Emmanuel Perrier

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

12 Latin America 173
Angel F. Méndez Montoya

13 North America 189
Sandra Yocum Mize

14 Asia 205
Peter C. Phan

15 Oceania 221
Tracey Rowland

Part III Catholic Doctrines 235

16 The Practice of Catholic Theology 237
Joseph A. DiNoia

17 The Development of Doctrine 251
John E. Thiel

18 God 268
Robert Barron

19 Creation and Anthropology 282
Mary Aquin O’Neill

20 Jesus Christ 297
Edward T. Oakes

21 Mary 312
Trent Pomplun

22 Church 326
Avery Cardinal Dulles

23 The Liturgy and Sacraments 340
Susan. K. Wood

24 Moral Theology 354
David Matzko McCarthy

25 The End 371
James J. Buckley

Part IV Catholic Practices 387

26 Spirituality 389
Wendy M. Wright

27 Institutions 403
John A. Coleman

28 The Holy See 418
Francis A. Sullivan

29 Ecumenism 432
Michael Root

30 Inter- Religious Dialog 449
Gavin D’Costa

31 Art and Literature 463
Patrick Sherry

32 Science and Theology 477
Michael Heller

33 Justice and Peace 490
Kelly Johnson

Index 505

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Author Information

James J. Buckley is Professor of Theology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola College in Maryland. He has published Seeking the Humanity of God: Practices, Doctrines, and Catholic Theology (1992), is an associate editor of the journals Modern Theology and Pro Ecclesia and has co-edited (with L. Gregory Jones) the Blackwell Readings in Modern Theology series.

Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of Julian of Norwich and the Mystical Body Politic of Christ (1999) and Why the Mystics Matter (2003). He is also co-editor of Aquinas in Dialogue (Blackwell, 2004).

Trent Pomplun is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola College in Maryland. A frequent contributor to Pro Ecclesia, Nova et Vetera, and Modern Theology, he writes about late medieval and early modern Catholicism, with special interests in scholasticism, positive theology, and inter-religious dialog.

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  • Engages its readers in an informed and informative conversation about Roman Catholic life and thought
  • Embraces the local and the global, the past and the present, life and the afterlife, and a broad range of institutions and activities
  • Considers both what is distinctive about Catholic life and thought, and how Catholicism overlaps with and transforms other ways of thinking and living
  • Topics covered include: peacemaking, violence and wars; money, the vow of poverty and socio-economic life; art by and about Catholics; and men, women and sex
  • Provides a comprehensive and far-reaching reference volume on the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholics.
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