Exploring Theology answers the need for an eminently readable, accessible yet erudite introduction to Catholic Theology. Its twenty-six chapters outline key areas of contemporary catholic theology and provide a broad overview and succinct introduction to contemporary issues and challenges facing catholic theologians.
This first book in the Exploring series is ideal for students of theology, for non-specialist readers with a general interest in theology as well as those studying programmes which equip them to each Religious education in the primary and post-primary school context.
The style is readable and engaging. The content is focused and refreshingly clear. The chapters, written by experts from Ireland, the UK and the US, will make a serious contribution to the demystification of Catholic theology in the minds of many students, as well as its accessibility to a wider student and general audience.
Anne Hession is a lecturer in Religious Education at St PatrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s College, Dublin, a linked college of Dublin City University. Her fields of academic research are in the Religious Education of children and the spirituality of children. She is coauthor with Patricia Kieran of Children, Catholicism and Religious Education (Veritas, 2005). She is co-editor with Patricia Kieran of Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition (Veritas, 2007).
Patricia Kieran is a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar who has taught Theology and Religious Education in the UK. She currently teaches Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She is co-author with Anne Hession of Children, Catholicism and Religious Education (Veritas, 2005) and co-editor with Anne Hession of Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition (Veritas, 2007). She has published chapters and articles on the subject of Catholic Education, Roman Catholic Modernism, gender and inter-Religious Education. She is currently researching her forthcoming book on World Religions in Ireland.
Exploring Theology has been edited by Anne Hession, a former primary school teacher who is now lecturing in Religious Education at St Patricks Training College, Drumcondra and Patricia Kieran, a lecturer in Religious Education at Vary Immaculate College, Limerick. The book comprises twenty-six essays through which key areas of contemporary Catholic Theology are introduced. The book also provides a broad overview of contemporary issues and of the challenges facing future Catholic theologians. The book consists of a collection of twenty-six essays by Irish, English and American experts. What is likable about the book is the fact that each essay is relatively, short and is written in a style that will leave the reader yearning for further reading. The subtitle of the book Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition further encourages the reader to become familiar with the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church. It sees theology as the ongoing conversation between human beings and the God who loves them. What makes the book even more readable is that the essays reflect both ancient wisdom and current trends. It is a book that is rooted in the past with an eye to the future.
Themes such as Revelation, The Trinity, The Holy Spirit, The Christian Bible, Christian Creed and the Catholic Theology of Creation are examples of such topical essays presented. In addition essays on Making Saints Through the Year, Catholic Identity, and Catholic Feminist Theologv are all included to give the reader plenty of scope for further questioning in these relevant areas. Thev also will provide an opportunity to further reflect on the challenges and questions that theology can raise for the modern reader. Many of the essays will also affirm, strengthen and enrich the readers own spirituality. The book concludes with a reflection on the task of theology and on those responsible for its development. Catholic theology, according to Anne and Patricia, is a conversation open to all and hence this book offers an opportunity to those people of varying commitments to their faith to actively engage in theological reflection.
This is the first book in the Exploring series and it is ideal for students of theology, for non-specialist readers with a general interest in theology as well as teachers at both primary and post primary school. Indeed the book will also be of particular use to student teachers who will work in the area of Religious Education, where the quality of their work will be reliant on their own personal formation. This book will encourage all those who read it to reflect on and develop their own understanding of Catholic Theology. This in turn will have a positive impact on all those involved in education for many years to come.
- Micheal Kilcrann, Intercom