We live in turbulent times, in which it is not always easy to distinguish between authentic reform and the distortion of faith. Ideological pluralism, technological advances, the information overload, and the collapse of traditional standards have brought confusion into the minds and hearts of many Christians. The times call for a more confident and unified assertion of the basic truths of faith.
The world of faith must be seen as a new and enduring order, established by God and capable of regenerating every human life and society. Although written by one of this country’s premiere theologians, this book is accessible by the average Catholic lay person.
A convert to the Faith, Avery Dulles, S.J. is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society Professor at Fordham University. He has published more than seventeen books and is a regular contributor to America magazine. His lectures receive wide recognition, debate, and acclaim.
[People] sometimes complain that the Church is not up to the times, as though it had to be pursuing the latest theories and styles. It would be better to ask whether the world of nonbelief is still lagging far behind the revolutionary vision that Christ brought into our history. These pages are written primarily for Christian believers and for inquirers into Christianity. They are written from a Roman Catholic perspective, by an author who came to Christianity and to the Catholic Church as a young adult. Everything in my life since that time has confirmed the rightness of that decision. I hope that as many as possible may share with me the joy and excitement of the adventure of faith.
- From the Introduction to The New World of Faith