The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism

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9780006279310: The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism

With more regular church goers in the UK than the Anglican church, Roman Catholicism has moved out of the ghetto imposed upon it since the English Reformation and proved its staying power. It is also the fastest growing denomination, particularly in Latin America. This book consists of more than 4,500 entries, 279 contributors, 30 feature-length entries, complete tables of the liturgical calendar, ecumenical councils and popes (with brief biographies). Each entry is self-sufficient and all technical terms are explained.

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In partnership with an editorial team from the University of Notre Dame, Harper San Francisco proudly presents the most comprehensive, easy-to-use one-volume guide to the world's largest religious tradition – a must for all Catholics and anyone wishing to explore the rich and fascinating worlds of Catholicism.


Contents include:
• More than 4,200 entries
• 280 contributors, leading experts on all aspects of Catholicism
• 30 concise and accessible feature-length entries, including the seven sacraments, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Peter, Paul, Thomas Aquinas, Christian spirituality, Catholicism in the United States, woman in the Church, Vatican II, and many others
• Helpful treatment of Eastern Catholicism, canon law, saints, angels and archangels, religious orders and lay organisations, and Catholicism around the world
• Tables of the liturgical calendar, ecumenical councils, and all the popes
• 2 8-page colour photo inserts presenting Catholicism throughout history and today
• 300 black-and-white photographs, maps, and line drawings

With a billion Catholics in the world – and 57 million in the United States alone – Catholicism is the world's most familiar religion. Yet many facets of this varied and dynamic tradition remain unknown or poorly understood. Now 'The Harpercollins Encyclopaedia of Catholicism' offers a one-volume comprehensive and authoritative guide to the people, doctrines, history, worship, art spirituality, literature, theological developments, and changes that have shaped the Church over nearly two millennia.

Led by general editor Richard P. McBrien, best-selling author of 'Catholicism', an editorial team drawn almost entirely form the University of Notre Dame had collected more than 4,200 entries written by 280 leading experts from around the world and across the theological spectrum, including Benedict Ashley, Gerald O'Collins, Sandra B. Schneiders, Hans Kung, Walter H. Principe, Elizabeth Johnson, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Virgilio Elizondo, Catherine Mowry LaCungna, Robert F. Taft, Peter Hebblethwaite, Dermot A. Lane, Francis A. Sullivan, Robert F. Trisco, and john Strynkowski. A concise reference for understanding Catholic terms such as 'vigil light' and ' maniple', 'The HarperCollins Encyclopaedia of Catholicism' also offers superb feature-length entries on subjects ranging from the sever sacraments, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter Paul Augustine, and Aquinas to prayer and Christian spirituality. Catholicism in the United States, women in the Church and Vatican II.

Treating Catholicism as a unique tradition, community, and way of life, the encyclopaedia defines and describes, topics such as Eastern Catholicism, canon law, devotions, religious orders and lay organisations, and saints, angels, and archangels. Also included are tables of the liturgical calendar, ecumenical councils, and a list of all the popes, complete with brief biography of each.

A convenient and reliable source of information regarding every aspect of Catholicism, past and present. 'The HarperCollins Encyclopaedia of Catholicism' covers the controversy and dissent within the Church as well as its teachings and beliefs, providing a balanced and unparalleled resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Catholic life.

RICHARD P. MCBRIEN is Crowley-O'Brien-Walter; professor of theology and former chairman of the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is the best-selling author of 'Catholicism'.

"The most assiduous student of Catholicism, inside and outside the church, will be hard-pressed to name a relevant topic, large or small, that hasn't been included in this book."
THEODORE M. HESBURGH

"The Catholic Church and the religious tradition it embodies have been twenty centuries in the making. Today we stand on the threshold not only of a new century but of a new millennium. It is particularly fitting, therefore, that this extraordinary compendium of Catholic belief and practice should be published at this time."
'From the foreword by THEODORE M HESBURGH, C.S.C., president emeritus, University of Notre Dame.'

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