Saturday, October 26, 2013

Recommended Reading

There are plenty of great books that I have heard others recommend, but I want to be able to recommend books that I've actually read. Not all of them are theological or religious in nature, as I enjoy reading fiction, humor, and history as well. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have!

In Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition, an international team of theologians offers a different reading of the documents from Vatican II. The Council was indeed putting forth a vision for the future of the Church, but that vision was grounded in two millennia of tradition. Taken together, these essays demonstrate that Vatican II's documents are a development from an established antecedent in the Roman Catholic Church. Each chapter contextualizes Vatican II teachings within that rich tradition. The resulting book is an indispensable and accessible companion to the Council's developments, one that focuses on theology and transcends the mass-media storyline of "liberal" versus "conservative."