Richard McBrien’s Catholicism is a summary of Roman Catholic theology, history, and moral values, which provides a synthesis of contemporary interpretations. As a compendium designed for the general reader, it met criticism from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for giving insufficient weight to the tradition and authoritative teaching of the Church.
McBrien surveys tradition and contemporary scholarship, discussing human existence, God, Jesus Christ, the Church, the sacraments, Christian morality, Christian spirituality, and more.
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- Analyzes Roman Catholic theology and history
- Discusses the context and spirit of Catholicism
- Provides suggestions for further reading
Praise for the Print Edition
A vital resource for grasping the dynamism of Catholicism.
—Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary
No less indispensable now than was its predecessor.
—Nicholas Lash, professor, Cambridge University
Now McBrien has even surpassed his previous achievement, and has ensured the continued service of this modern classic.
—Thomas H. Groome, professor of theology and religious education, Boston College
The clearest and most competent guide in the English language to the Catholic Church’s origins, teaching, traditions, and developments.
—Gerald O’Collins, professor, Gregorian University
- Title: Catholicism
- Author: Richard P. McBrien
- Edition: 3rd
- Publisher: Burns and Oates
- Publication Date: 1994
- Pages: 1,340
About Richard P. McBrien
Richard P. McBrien is Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.