Church, and religion more broadly, exist within the context of our life stories. That’s why this readable and engaging introduction to Catholicism deftly combines personal narrative with rich theology and current scholarship.
Dennis Doyle’s The Catholic Church in a Changing World: A Vatican II Inspired Approach invites readers to consider their own beliefs while studying the contemporary teachings of the Catholic Church. Organized around two central documents of Vatican II, Lumen gentium and Gaudium et spes, the text presents contemporary theological and ecclesiological ideas with nuance, clarity, and fairness, especially regarding issues that might be polarizing. With short chapters, sidebars, recommendations for further reading, and an ecumenical and inclusive voice, The Catholic Church in a Changing World updates a proven and popular text to meet the needs of the modern classroom.
Dennis Doyle is a professor in the religious studies department at the University of Dayton. He received his doctorate from the Catholic University of America.