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Church The Evolution of Catholicism

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ISBN-10: 0061245216

ISBN-13: 9780061245213

Edition: 2008

Authors: Richard P. McBrien, Richard P. Mcbrien

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From the struggles of the very first Christians to the challenges and scandals of today, the Catholic Church has wrestled with how to organize itself, express its beliefs, and nurture its members. The Church has grown from a handful of disciples in the first century to over one billion members in the twenty-first, resulting in profound changes that demand a theological response. In this sweeping history, renowned scholar Richard McBrien reveals the evolution of the Church's relationship to the divine, its leadership of the faithful, and its role as a global religion. The Church answers the questions raised by this extraordinary history, including: Where did the idea of the pope's…    
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.57" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Richard P. McBrien is Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Educated at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he has also served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. A leading authority on Catholicism, he is the bestselling author of Catholicism , Lives of the Popes , and Lives of the Saints , as well as the general editor of The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism . Most recently a consultant for ABC News, McBrien offers regular commentary on all the major television networks. He is also a prizewinning syndicated columnist in the Catholic press.

Introduction: The Content and Scope of Ecclesiology
What Is Ecclesiology?
What Is the Church?
Where Ecclesiology Fits
The Ecumenical and Interfaith Dimensions of Ecclesiology
The Pastoral Dimension of Ecclesiology
The Controversial Character of Ecclesiology
Models and Methods in Ecclesiology
Ecclesiological Development
Ecclesiology in the New Testament
The History of Ecclesiology and the History of the Church
The Ecclesiologies of the New Testament
Summary and Synthesis
Ecclesiology from the Postbiblical Period to the Mid-Nineteenth Century
The Scope of the Problem
The History of Postbiblical Ecclesiology: An Overview
Ecclesiology from Vatican I to the Threshold of Vatican II
Peter and the Papacy: The Ecclesiological Context for Vatican I
Vatican I (1869-70)
Post-Vatican I Developments
Pre-Vatican II Ecclesiology
Pope John XXIII
The Ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council
Introduction and Overview
The Announcement of and Preparations for the Council
Pope John XXIII's Opening Address
The First Days of the Council
Vatican II in Historical and Theological Perspective
The Ecclesiology of Vatican II: Six Basic Themes
The "Twin Pillars" of Vatican II's Ecclesiology: Lumen gentium and Gaudium et spes
Vatican II: Continuity or Discontinuity?
The Style of Vatican II
Approaches to the Interpretation of Conciliar Texts
Pope Paul VI's Ecclesiam Suam (1964)
Concluding Reflections
Post-Vatican II Ecclesiology: The Church ad Extra
The Church and the Kingdom, or Reign, of God
The Church and the World
The Church and Salvation
Catholic Social Teaching
The Church and Politics
The Church and Liberation
The Church and the Holy Spirit
Brief Summation
Post-Vatican II Ecclesiology: The Church ad Intra
The Church as a Communion
Authority in the Church
An Excursus on Sacraments and Liturgy
Mary and the Church
Feminist and Nonfeminist Ecclesiology by Catholic Women
Hispanic and Latino/a Ecclesiologies
African and African American Ecclesiologies
New Movements in the Church
The Emerging World-Church
Brief Summation
The Future of the Church and Its Ecclesiologies
Synthesis of the Book
Ten Pastoral Applications
The Future of the Church and Its Ecclesiologies
Select Bibliography
Index of Persons
Index of Subjects