Saint Mary's Press® Glossary of Theological Terms

(6 Reviews)

By John T. Ford, CSC, PhD


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Designed for College Students Taking Introductory Courses in Catholic Theology

 Saint Mary's Press® Glossary of Theological Terms is the ideal resource for college instructors faced with introducing undergraduate students to Roman Catholic theology—and a highly useful companion for students who find introductory theology and religious studies confusing and challenging. It is the logical first step toward Catholic theological literacy.

Here students get beginning definitions or working explanations that serve as the basis for helping them become involved in genuine theological dialogue, discussion, and discovery. The perfect supplement or companion for many different introductory theology and religious studies courses, the glossary is:

  • comprehensive in its inclusion of terms.
  • concise in its definitions.
  • very user-friendly.

The entry for each term includes:

  • a reference to the language of origin.
  • an indication of the theological content.
  • a summary statement of the contemporary meaning.

An indispensable guide to the theological terms students will encounter as they begin—and continue—their studies, the Saint Mary's Press® Glossary of Theological Terms is today's answer to the pressing need for improving Catholic literacy in today's beginning theology students.

Product Details

Copyright: Jan. 1, 2006

Format: Paperbound

Size: 6 x 9

Length: 208 pages

Item number: 7100

ISBN: 978-0-88489-903-7

ISBN-10: 0-88489-903-9

Customer Reviews

By Tim O'Malley, doctoral student, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry

In Catholic university education, one can no longer assume the common language of these terms, particularly in required theology classes. This text provides a handy introduction to a number of these terms, both for advanced theological work and for basic information. I believe this work is an essential step in once again creating a common language among undergraduate theology students.

By Daniella Zsupan, doctoral student, Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry

I think the Glossary would be a fantastic resource for RCIA or adult confirmation. I will recommend it for such contexts when I have the chance.

By Jack S. Rounds, Jr., Adult Faith Formation Program, University of Dallas School of Ministry

A glossary like this is absolutely essential for any student of the Church. This is like medicine and law. The language of the Church can just be too confusing. Not a bad idea to use as a gift!

By Matthew Ogilvie, assistant professor of systemic theology, University of Dallas School of Ministry

[My students] found the Glossary both helpful and informative. Some students said they found the book "addictive" and their joy at learning so many new terms made it hard to put down. . . . Non-native English speakers said that the glossary easily clarified unfamiliar English terms for them. Many English-speaking students appreciated the clear definitions of Hispanic terms and said the glossary would help them in their outreach ministry to Hispanic people.

By Patricia Lewis, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

[A major strength of the glossary is] ease of use. The layout of the pages is nonintimidating to freshmen . . . with its short definitions and clear print. I also liked that reference was made to the Catechism.. . . . It was also quick to use, so we could easily use it in class for a definition of a term we came upon."

By Andrew W. Lichtenwalner, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

The glossary is a positive and worthwhile undertaking. An important part of learning to think theologically is learning the language of theology and understanding it. The glossary contributes to a greater understanding of Catholic doctrine and theology.
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