A Primer for Catholic Theology: The Christian Theological Tradition by Cory and Hollerich



The Christian Theological Tradition by Cory and Hollerich

I am really very fond of this book – although it is not as traditional as most of the books I now praise at this site and I first it read during a time when I was much less traditionally Catholic than I am today.

Still, this American college textbook is the best beginner’s book I have seen for getting to grips with the basics of Christian theology, history and tradition, from the Catholic perspective.

At any rate, when I was first studying theology at university, I found it far more helpful to me than many other books.

Simple without being simplistic, I felt it brought the most essential elements to the fore, in an exceptionally clear, useful and accessible way.

Historical in its arrangement, the text features five major themes of systematic theology: revelation, God, creation, Jesus, and Church – and very much speaks to how the Church has shaped Western culture over the last two thousand years.

There appear to be a number of more well known books of a similar nature. Most notably, there is Richard McBrien’s ultra-liberal Catholicism – a book which horrifies me more with every passing year.

Given that this textbook also stems modern American academia, it cannot help but share a few of the same liberal tendencies as McBrien’s.

But in my memory of it – admittedly an earlier edition than the present one – it was nowhere near as egregious as McBrien.

No, I do not think the people who put this book together – Catherine A. Cory and Michael J. Hollerich (with contributions from others) – had anything like McBrien’s disingenuous agenda for tearing down tradition …

For a non-traditional college textbook, this is a very fine primer, which really was exceptionally helpful to me at the beginning. For those seeking such as this, I would highly recommend it over many others.

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