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The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism

James J. Buckley (Editor), Frederick C. Bauerschmidt (Editor), Trent Pomplun (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75133-6

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

544 pages

$39.99

Description

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

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

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 <!--end-->

"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


  • 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.