Robert Barron is one of the Catholic Church's premier theologians and author of the influential The Priority of Christ. In this volume, Barron sets forth a thoroughgoing vision for an evangelical catholic theology that is steeped in the tradition and engaged with the contemporary world. Striking a balance between academic rigor and accessibility, the book covers issues of perennial interest in the twenty-first-century church: who God is, how to rightly worship him, and how his followers engage contemporary culture. Topics include the doctrine of God, Catholic theology, philosophy, liturgy, and evangelizing the culture. This work will be of special interest to readers concerned about the so-called "new atheism."
Using Scripture, history, and the insights of major theologians past and present, Dr. Brennan Hill presents the basic theological teachings that underlie Catholic beliefs. He also addresses many common questions, objections, and misconceptions about these core teachings. Included are extensive footnotes, discussion notes at the end of each chapter, suggested readings, and a comprehensive index.
Author: Leslie J. Francis
Release Date: 2016-04-15
'Ordinary theology' characterizes the reflective God-talk of the great majority of churchgoers, and others who remain largely untouched by the assumptions, concepts and arguments that academic theology takes for granted. Jeff Astley coined the phrase in his innovative study, Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology, arguing that 'speaking statistically ordinary theology is the theology of God's Church'. A number of scholars have responded to this and related conceptualizations, exploring their theological implications. Other researchers have adopted the perspective in examining a range of Church practices and contexts of Christian discipleship, using the tools of empirical study. Ordinary theology research has proved to be key in uncovering people's everyday lay theology or ordinary dogmatics. Exploring Ordinary Theology presents fresh contributions from a wide range of authors, who address the theological, empirical and practical dimensions of this central feature of ordinary Christian existence and the life of the Church.
Rowland showcases here the dominant contemporary approaches to doing Catholic theology. Chapter 1 offers a summary of the two International Theological Commission (ITC) documents on the discipline of Catholic theology. These documents set out the general principles which should govern any approach to Catholic theology (at least according to the ITC). The subsequent chapters each focus on one of four different approaches frequently found in contemporary Catholic academies: the approach of Thomists, members of the Communio milieu, members of the Concilium milieu and promoters of different varieties of Liberation Theology. Rowland's work is pitched at the level of first time students of theology who are trying to make sense of the methodological choices which undergird the different approaches to Catholic theology. Rowland concludes with four appendices: a list of all Doctors of the Church, a list of all encyclicals since the 19th century, a list of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and a list of definitions of the various Christological heresies which were the subject of the debates of the early Church Councils. These appendices will provide useful reference tables for young scholars, including seminarians.
Author: Frederick C. Bauerschmidt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2016-03-28
Introduction to Catholic Theology is an accessible but in-depth examination of the ways in which Catholic theology is rooted in and informs Catholic practice. Weaves together discussion of the Bible, historical texts, reflections by important theologians, and contemporary debates for a nuanced look at belief and practice within the Catholic faith Provides an overview of all major theological areas, including scriptural, historical, philosophical, systematic, liturgical, and moral theology Appropriate for students at all levels, assuming no prior knowledge yet providing enough insight and substance to interest those more familiar with the topic Written in a dynamic, engaging style by two professors with more than 50 years of classroom experience between them
Exploring Theology answers the need for an eminently readable, accessible, yet erudite introduction to Catholic theology. It outlines key areas of contemporary Catholic theology and provides a broad overview of contemporary issues and challenges facing Catholic theologians. For non-specialist readers with a general interest and for those in Religious Education. An accessible overview of Catholic theology, outlining contemporary issues and challenges facing Catholic theologians.
Author: Mary R. Reichardt
Publisher: Sheed & Ward
Release Date: 2003-09-27
Designed for students of all ages, Exploring Catholic Literature: A Companion and Resource Guide provides an engaging and succinct introduction to twelve recognized masterpieces of Catholic literature, from Augustine's 4th century conversion narrative, The Confessions, to the recent poetry of Denise Levertov collected in The Stream and the Sapphire. Each chapter contains a brief biography of the author, an extended critical essay highlighting the work's Catholic and literary aspects, suggestions for further reading and study, and questions for discussion.
Author: Bruce H. Lescher
Publisher: Paulist Press
Release Date: 2006
Sandra Schneiders commands respect as one of the most significant and influential figures in the emergence of the study of Christian spirituality as an academic discipline, as the focused and disciplined exploration of religious experience. This book honors her contributions to the field by addressing issues that are emerging at the creative "edges" of the discipline. In this volume, colleagues and students of Dr. Schneiders and other collaborators in the academic discipline of Christian spirituality examine crucial issues from their various disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Questions of methodology address the status of spirituality as a discipline, interdisciplinarity, and self-implication. Other essays explore the "edges" of Christian spirituality and biblical spirituality, gender studies, the natural sciences, nature writing, the social sciences, and interfaith issues. This collection of essays will provoke students and scholars of Christian spirituality, as well as practitioners, to continue critically thinking, discussing, writing, and practicing it.
Author: Mary E. McGann
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Release Date: 2002
Exploring Music as Worship and Theology addresses a central challenge to liturgical scholars and pastoral leaders?how to understand the diverse, culturally shaped worship patterns that exist in our multi-cultural church. It situates music as a central lens through which to explore a community?s liturgical practice, and offers a practical method for studying and interpreting the lived experience of a musical-liturgical assembly. Exploring Music as Worship and Theology invites greater attention to the diverse cultural music emerging in our various Christian assemblies, and underscores the need for greater dialogue between our theories of liturgy, music, and the actual practice of local communities.Chapters are ?Interdisciplinary Orientations to Musical-Liturgical Practice,? ?The Research Process,? and ?Creative Dialogue with Liturgical Studies.??. . . offers new insights and wisdom on Christian faith and practice as expressed in Christian music and music making.? The Midwest Book Review?In an era when much writing about liturgy and music betray little more than authorial bias, it is refreshing to read a work stepping back from the ?culture wars? to concentrate on method. . . . Required reading for seminarians and clergy, for graduate students in liturgical studies, and for Christian music ministers.? Mike Joncas University of St. Thomas". . . makes a significant contribution to the pastoral imperative of liberating our liturgical celebrations from the rigid patterns imposed by the rubrical priorities which for centuries have been accepted as the absolute standard and norm for liturgical worship. Recognizing this rubricism 'had all but dried up our liturgical imagination,' McGann offers readers the fruit of her work with an African American Catholic community. Her observations have far-reaching implications for the authentic inculturation of the liturgy in our multi-cultural world. Rigid models cannot meet the needs of this pastoral reality. McGann's methods can aid liturgical leaders to embrace this imperative with fresh insight and much-needed imagination." Louis Weil Professor Church Divinity School of the Pacific"As the U.S. Church increasingly becomes a community of immigrants and refugees, we have a choice on how to welcome this new diversity among us. Will they be forced into American standards of liturgy or will there arise a mutual respect and interchange? Mary McGann's work, moving from theory to pastoral practice, offers fresh ritual and liturgical insights for our changing times. Ultimately, her work will assist pastoral musicians and liturgists in breaking out of Western-European attitudes toward music making and ritual. Her concerns and procedures offer a path out of dominant culture thinking and open rich possibilities for the Church of the 21st century." Rufino Zaragoza, O.F.M. San Damiano Retreat Center Oakland, California". . . a wonderful guide for imagining a church where theology and practice cooperate, where the richness of cultural and experiential diversity informs all liturgy, and where academic study is done with integrity and inclusivity. All this is presented through the medium of liturgical music which opens the door to expansive possibilities using precise and practical suggestions of how to understand the many meanings that ritual and music play in the expression and creation of the Body of Christ." Lizette Larson-Miller Associate Professor of Liturgical Leadership Graduate Theological Union ". . . a truly interdisciplinary and integrated method and research process for studying and interpreting what occurs in the lived liturgical experiences of our faith communities. Professor McGann's book is also a much needed resource as we now take more seriously the task of articulating a plurality of liturgical theologies that actually reflect the diversity of these communities." Michael B. Aune Academic Dean Professor of Liturgical and Historical Studies Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary"McGann draws on three fields?liturgical studies, ethnomusicology, and ritual studies?to distill for us the foundational role of music in liturgical life. Even more significantly, she articulates its theological import and potential for ritual communities today. McGann brings both expertise in all the theoretical literature and much practical experience to this new frontier in pastoral liturgy. And it is on the fluid frontier of how we worship that theology in this century will have to find its footing. McGann points the way." Catherine Bell Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair Asian Studies Program Director Santa Clara University". . . an important book for those who work in the field of liturgical studies. In a clear and engaging manner, Mary McGann makes a significant contribution to the topic of method in liturgical theology by offering an interdisciplinary approach for studying music as liturgical performance. Drawing on theories from the fields of liturgical studies, ethnomusicology, and ritual studies, she offers a new model for incorporating empirical field research into liturgical theology, one which allows music to be explored as a theological act." Margaret Mary Kellerher, O.S.U. Associate Professor and Department Chair Department of Religion and Religious Education Catholic University of America?This small volume will be a useful guide to those interested in doing empirical field research in the area of worship music.? New Theology Review? . . . offers a method of exploring music as worship and theology that goes far deeper than many people are accustomed to using . . . is not merely for scholars but could be used . . . for parishes, especially by music directors, diocesan personnel, or synods.? Ministry & Liturgy
Author: Frank J. Matera
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
Release Date: 2007
In this systematic, book-by-book exploration of the theology of each New Testament writing, Frank J. Matera explores theological diversity and unity in the writings of the New Testament. After an introduction to the history and method of New Testament theology, he explains and describes the theologies of the Synoptic, Pauline, and Johannine traditions, as well as the rich theology of other New Testament voices: Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and the book of Revelation. Integrating both Protestant and Catholic approaches, this work provides students, pastors, and scholars a comprehensive view of the New Testament that is rich in exegetical and theological insight.
Dallas Seminary Professors Make Basic Theology Accessible for All Theology doesn't have to be complicated. In this book, trusted Dallas Seminary professors present a concise systematic theology that distills the essential spiritual truths in a way that makes sense to readers--students, lay people, and pastors. Here are introductions, overviews, and reviews of key tenets of orthodox protestant evangelical doctrines. The book also includes an annotated list of key applicable Bible texts, a quick-paced story of doctrine throughout church history, heresies or distortions to be aware of, and more. Exploring Christian Theology is useful for discipleship, catechism, membership training, preview or review of doctrine, or quick personal reference. It can also be used by ministry training programs, Bible colleges, or seminaries as an introductory primer to orient students in preparation for a more in-depth study of theology.
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible encourages readers to explore how the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition should inform and shape faithfulness today. In this addition to the series, highly acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian Robert Barron offers a theological exegesis of 2 Samuel. He highlights three major themes: God's non-competitive transcendence, the play between divine and non-divine causality, and the role of Old Testament kingship. As with other volumes in the series, this book is ideal for those called to ministry, serving as a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.
Author: Paul Murray
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release Date: 2010-05-06
Genre: Social Science
This volume proposes a fresh strategy for ecumenical engagement - 'Receptive Ecumenism' - that is fitted to the challenges of the contemporary context and has already been internationally recognised as making a distinctive and important new contribution to ecumenical thought and practice. Beyond this, the volume tests and illustrates this proposal by examining what Roman Catholicism in particular might fruitfully learn from its ecumenical others. Challenging the tendency for ecumenical studies to ask, whether explicitly or implicitly, 'What do our others need to learn from us?', this volume presents a radical challenge to see ecumenism move forward into action by highlighting the opposite question 'What can we learn with integrity from our others?' This approach is not simply ecumenism as shared mission, or ecumenism as problem-solving and incremental agreement but ecumenism as a vital long-term programme of individual, communal and structural conversion driven, like the Gospel that inspires it, by the promise of conversion into greater life and flourishing. The aim is for the Christian traditions to become more, not less, than they currently are by learning from, or receiving of, each other's gifts. The 32 original essays that have been written for this unique volume explore these issues from a wide variety of denominational and disciplinary perspectives, drawing together ecclesiologists, professional ecumenists, sociologists, psychologists, and organizational experts.
A Major Statement on Christology from Bishop Robert Barron For a long time, Christians have tried to bridge the divide between Christianity and secular liberalism with philosophy and theology. Bishop Robert Barron shows that the answer to this debate--and the way to move forward--lies in Jesus. Barron transcends the usual liberal/conservative or Protestant/Catholic divides with a postliberal Catholicism that brings the focus back on Jesus as revealed in the New Testament narratives. Barron's classical Catholic postliberalism will be of interest to a broad audience including not only the academic community but also preachers and general readers interested in entering the dialogue between Catholicism and postliberalism. The hardcover edition includes a new preface by the author. Praise for The Priority of Christ "Barron's wonderful book The Priority of Christ brings postliberalism back to its Catholic home. . . . A downright lovely book, written with a kind of winsome literary flair that exhibits the inviting clarity of a master teacher. Highly recommended." --James K. A. Smith, Religious Studies Review "The book is full of gems worthy of hours of contemplation." --Mark G. Boyer, The Priest
English summary: Recent developments in technology have given rise to the impression that the boundaries imposed by our bodiliness can somehow be overcome. The increasing philosophical interest in bodiliness as an unavoidable human condition can be seen as a response to this far too comfortable impression. The essays in this volume address the topic of bodiliness from a theological point of view. They show that our perceptions of, and relationships with, one another cannot be divorced from our bodily condition, and that this existential reality affects significantly how we understand our relationship with God. The contributions also address how we can best deal with the fragility of our bodily condition, as well as the challenges that technological and medical procedures for altering the appearance and constitution of our bodies pose. Special attention is given to how liturgical experience not only offers us a means to respond to these challenges but also to deepen our understanding of Christian communities as ineluctably bodily. German description: Die technologischen Entwicklungen unserer Zeit erwecken den Eindruck, dass wir unseren Leib verbessern und seine Grenzen mit ihrer Hilfe uberwinden konnen. Das hohe philosophische Interesse an der leiblichen Verfasstheit des Menschen ist moglicherweise eine Gegenreaktion auf diese Entwicklung. Dieser Band bietet theologische Perspektiven zu diesem Thema. Die Beitrage vertreten ein integratives Verstandnis vom Menschen, zu dem Leiblichkeit als unabdingbare Charakteristik gehort. Sie zeigen, wie diese Leiblichkeit die Art und Weise bedingt, wie wir uns wahrnehmen und miteinander in Beziehung treten und wie sich diese Grundbedingung auch auf unsere Beziehung zu Gott auswirkt. Gegen eine einseitige Perspektive der Verbesserung des Korpers stellen die Autoren einen differenzierten Umgang mit dessen Verwundbarkeit. Die Beitrager stellen die Bedeutung der Leiblichkeit fur den Vollzug der Liturgie und fur ein zeitgemasses Verstandnis von christlicher Gemeinde und diakonischer Arbeit heraus.