Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology

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An introductory text that shows that reason and Christian belief are compatible and mutually supportive, and that both can lead to the truth.

The central aim of Reason, Faith, and Tradition is to show that reason and Christian belief are in fact not contradictory, but are simply two different orientations, two different ways of looking at the world, and that both can lead to truth. In the end they cannot be separated.

Here students see that a faith-based approach to theology is wholly compatible with a historical and critical approach. Topics covered include faith and reason; science and religion; Revelation; Scripture; the Trinity; Christian anthropology; Christology; the Last Things and Salvation; and the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Provides an overview of Christian and Catholic Theology.
  • Equips students with the basic skills they need to begin answering theological questions on their own.
  • Lays the foundation for deeper study.

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About the Author:

Martin C. Albl is professor of religious studies at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., and author of The Church: Christ in the World Today. He received his doctorate in religious studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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Martin Albl's Reason, Faith, and Tradition, Revised Edition, offers a brilliantly written text for in-class use. Professors and students will benefit from the helpful links to videos and websites that offer supplementary content. The extended discussion and guided reading questions draw out key ideas. The chapters do an impressive job of highlighting the historical development of key theological concepts without simplifying the complex history of thought in the Catholic tradition.
-Randall Woodard, PhD
Saint Leo University
I've been teaching Introduction to Catholic Theology for the past eighteen years, and I only wish that Martin Albl's Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, Revised Edition had been there from the beginning! Albl's book has a central argument--that faith and reason, which have been tragically separated in modernity, are compatible by nature--which it makes while introducing all manner of doctrines, theologians, controversies, etc. This second edition contains significant improvements over the first. I can't imagine using anything else in my introductory courses.
-Rodney Howsare

DeSales University
With Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, Revised Edition, Martin Albl has written a timely book that corrects the increasingly prevalent assumption that faith and reason remain antithetical to each other. Lucidly written, this learned but accessible book provides a thoroughgoing analysis of the best arguments on all sides in an effort to demonstrate the reasonableness of faith; a rational person may indeed believe in God. More than that, however, Albl writes perceptively about our inherent desire for the transcendent, that foundational awareness that one has been called beyond the finite realm to participate in an infinite good.
-Ian Christopher Levy
Providence College

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