Theological Foundations: Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith, Revised Edition is a thorough, concise, and comprehensive introductory theology text that has been revised with customer requests in mind. This prominent book on theology begins with a new introduction that centers the text on the Mystery of God. Its twelve body chapters unfold Christian theology by exploring its roots in the sacred scriptures; discussing the New Testament and other early Christian literature; and interweaving Christology and ecclesiology with the signs, symbols, and seven sacraments of the Church. Social justice issues figure prominently in the text, as does Catholicism's relationship with Judaism and Islam. Sub-disciplines of Catholic theology also address the Church's mission in the world, as well as moral issues. Ultimately, the text describes the changing contours of Christianity in the modern era, with an emphasis on Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and Fundamentalism.
An important advantage to this text is its instruction for students in conducting valid theological research. To help students understand terms, concepts, and vocabulary, as well as the development of the tradition through the ages and across cultures, the book incorporates a significant library research component that introduces students to basic research skills.
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"The perfect book for introducing the building blocks of theology!"
--Br. Armand Alcazar, FSC, Lewis University
Authored by a roster of award-winning teaching scholars, Theological Foundations:
Concepts and Methods for Understanding Christian Faith is an introductory theology textbook appropriate for students of all faiths and non-faiths. This "first book" helps undergraduates to establish a solid base in theology, readying them for further study.
This edition has been expanded and revised to better reflect the diversity of today's college classroom. It encourages students to engage in a religious dialogue informed by the richness of their own experiences, beliefs, and practices.
· Is appropriate for students of all levels, including those with no background in theology
· Provides a thorough overview of each topic, including terms, concepts, and vocabulary
· Discusses Catholic theology in a global context and in relation to Judaism and Islam
· Includes end-of-chapter text and discussion questions
· Features a unique, topic-specific "From the Research Librarian" component in each chapter, teaching skills that will be applicable to any course throughout a student's college career
About the Editor
J.J. Mueller, SJ, is associate professor in the department of theology at Saint Louis University, where he has taught since 1997.
Fr. Mueller holds a PhD in Historical and Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. His interests are in Christology and Social Responsibility.
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