This accessible introduction discusses the main topics in Catholic theology, along with the work of a number of key theologians. The central topics covered include: the nature and sources of theology, God one and triune; Jesus Christ; Creation and Fall; Grace; the Holy Spirit; the Church; the saints, worship and sacraments; the moral life; ecumenical and interreligious dialogue; and Eschatology. Each chapter draws upon Scripture, tradition, and official Church teachings, as well as select contemporary discussions of the topic in question. The authors do not promote either their own theologies, nor the theology of any individual theologian, but instead seek to initiate students into a centuries-old conversation among Catholics about the task of faith seeking understanding.
Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt is Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and a deacon of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is a former editor of Modern Theology and the author of several books, including Why the Mystics Matter Now (2003) and Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ (2013). He is co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism (Wiley Blackwell, 2011) and has published numerous articles on medieval and modern theology.
James J. Buckley is Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. He has been on the editorial boards of Modern Theology and Pro Ecclesia: A Journal for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, and is a member of the North American Lutheran Catholic Dialogue. He is author of Seeking the Humanity of God: Practices, Doctrines, and Catholic Theology (1992), co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism (Wiley Blackwell, 2011), and has published in a variety of journals.