Books for Sale (Recommended Textbooks)

Believing in the Resurection

The meaning and the promise of the Risen Jesus

Author: Gerald O'Collins SJ

ISBN-10: 0809147572

ISBN-13: 978-0809147571


The resurrection of Jesus is the central belief of the Christian faith tradition, but what does it really mean? Why do Christians believe in Jesus as risen from the dead? And what promise does his resurrection hold out for our world?


After clarifying the meaning of Jesus resurrection from the dead, this book presents the reasons that support believing in it and accepting the promise it conveys.


Gerald O'Collins, SJ, is professor emeritus from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and has just published the sixtieth book which he has authored or co-authored.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The popular and Definitive Edition

ISBN-10: 1574551094

ISBN-13: 978-1574551099


The Catechism of the Catholic Church (or CCC) is a catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1992. It sums up, in book form, the beliefs of the Catholic faithful. In 1992, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) noted: It clearly show[s] that the problem of what we must do as human beings, of how we should live our lives so that we and the world may become just, is the essential problem of our day, and basically of all ages. After the fall of ideologies, the problem of man—the moral problem—is presented to today's context in a totally new way: What should we do? How does life become just? What can give us and the whole world a future which is worth living? Since the catechism treats these questions, it is a book which interests many people, far beyond purely theological or ecclesial circles

Christian Ethics

Moral Theology in light of Vativan II: Volume 1 - General Moral Theology

Author: Karl H Peschke

ISBN-10: 0948169001

ISBN-13: 978-0948169007


This recent edition of Christian Ethics: Volume 1, is a thoroughly revised and updated version of fundamental moral theology. As in the previous editions, the author makes himself an interpreter of the demands of Vatican Council II and its request that moral theology be rooted more fully in Holy Scripture. At the same time account is taken of the new developments in the field of ethics. New issues of actual concern are taken up, such as the deontological and teleological conditions of moral norms, the confrontation between conscience and civil or ecclesiastical law, the communal roots of Christian identity, the requirement of liberty and the ethical compromise. The book addresses itself to all who are interested in the moral teaching of the Christian faith and endeavors to be a helpful instrument to this end.

Christian Faith

Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church

Author: Jacques Dupuis

ISBN-10: 0818908939

ISBN-13: 978-0818908934


This book is a classic collection of documents relating to Catholic beliefs, morals, and practices from 100 AD until the present (including many writings of Pope John Paul II). The contents are mostly documents from Church Councils, creeds, Papal decrees, and various other sources of Catholic thought. The sections are: Symbols and Professions of Faith, Revelation and Faith, Tradition and Scripture, The Triune God, Humankind and the World, Original Justice and the Fall, Jesus Christ, Mary, The Church, The Church and Churches, The Church and World Religions, The Church and Missions, Christian Worship, the Sacraments, Baptism/Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation/Anointing, Order, Matrimony, the Life of Grace, Principles of Christian Life, The Social Doctrine of the Church, Sexual Order and Respect for Life, and Christian Fulfillment.


The documents are translated into modern English from the original languages, and occasionally have notes, which are always helpful. The introductions to each document provide a nice historical background, and often, a helpful summary of each document. Otherwise, the documents (which are arranged chronologically) are allowed to speak for themselves. I was impressed with the wisdom contained within. They speak for the biblical and historical faith in a clear way, effectively working within each culture, without capitulating to the culture. The social teaching documents are especially interesting in this way, and show a great balance between standing up for what the Church considers right, without forgetting that mercy is always freely available from Christ. I was particularly glad to see many documents relating to potential reunion of East and West, as well as dialogue between the Catholic Church and Protestant churches.


Now I need to explain why I only gave it four stars. The reason is the quality of the book itself. My first copy had dog-eared pages and the binding was strange and uneven, even though it came sealed in plastic from the factory. I sent that copy back thinking it was a defective book. My second copy, sealed as well, also had similar issues. One page was pretty creased, although I could make out the words affected by the creases. A few other pages look like they came out of the presses a little crooked. It is obviously a publishing issue, perhaps only with a certain print-run, but nonetheless a little annoying. However, the price is right and I can overlook this issue seeing how amazing the material inside is. Anybody who is Catholic or wants to know more about the Catholic Church should consider getting this book. While some of the information may seem a little theologically advanced at times, it is well worth diving into.

Christian Philosophy

Third Edition

Author: Joseph M de Torre

ISBN-10: 9715540554

ISBN-13: 978-9715540551


A Christian needs to have a philosophy in order to articulate his or her beliefs so as to turn them into real criteria for decision and action. Without this, religion is split from life, leaving the faith in the domain of feelings or meaningless traditions or customs. A brilliant summary of realist philosophy that explores how aiming for the good allows the human person to reach their potential and attain happiness.


Joseph de Torre (born 1932) is a social and political philosopher and a Roman Catholic priest. He is the author of books on social ethics, Catholic social teaching, modern philosophy and spirituality. He is a member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. De Torre is the author of twenty books and hundreds of essays. He has been living in the Philippines since 1968. He is fluent in Latin, Greek, Spanish and English.


A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus - Kindle Edition

Author: Gerald O'Collins SJ

ISBN: 019955787X


In this fully revised and updated second edition of his accessible account of systematic Christology, Gerald OCollins continues to challenge the contemporary publishing trend for sensationalist books on Jesus that are supported neither by the New Testament witness nor by mainline Christian beliefs. This book critically examines the best biblical and historical scholarship before tackling head-on some of the key questions of systematic Christology: does orthodox faith present Jesus the man as deficient and depersonalized? Is his sinlessness compatible with the exercise of a free human will? Does up-to-date exegesis challenge his virginal conception and personal resurrection? Can one reconcile Jesus role as universal Saviour with the truth and values to be found in other religions? Whatshould the feminist movement highlight in presenting Jesus? This integral Christology is built around the resurrection of the crucified Jesus, highlights love as the key to redemption, and proposes a synthesis of the divine presence through Jesus. Clear, balanced, and accessible, this book should bevalued by any student reading systematic theology, anyone training for the ministry in all denominations, as well as interested general readers.


"This new edition strengthens the case for the reliability of the gospels. The content and tone is ecumenical and critical but conservative, lending itself to use ina variety of denominational settings. Summing up: Highly recommended." --Choice

The Code of Canon Law

A Text and Commentary - Study Edition

Author: The Canon Law Society of America

ISBN-10: 0809128373

ISBN-13: 978-0809128372


This is the Roman Catholic Church's law book. It covers every aspect of Church life from the role and requirements of the priesthood and other offices with the Church, rules of conduct for church services and teaching, to laws governing church property and marriage requirements.


Compiled as a reference source for the law of the Catholic Church worldwide, this book includes authoritative commentary from over 20 experts in the field of canon law, significant biographic detail, and introductions. It incorporates the full text of the Canon Law in English translations approved by NCCB, a full cross-reference index, and certain tables for quick reference.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Author: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

ISBN-10: 1574556924

ISBN-13: 978-1574556926


The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a unique, unprecedented document in the history of the Church, serves as a tool to inspire and guide the faithful, who are faced with moral and pastoral challenges daily. It is divided into five sections: an introduction, three parts, and a conclusion entitled "For a Civilization of Love." The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is a must-have resource for leaders of social ministry at the diocesan and parish level as well as those in religious education, schools, and youth and young adult ministry.

Jesus the Christ

New Edition

Author: Walter Kasper

ISBN-10: 0567209644

ISBN-13: 978-0567209641


Here at last is a reissue of Kasper's major work with a brilliant new introduction surveying recent developments in Christology. Kasper assesses the Christological enterprise in the Church from the earliest down to the most recent times which can be recommended without hesitation to teacher and serious student. The book also provides a solid theological basis for preaching. This may also be described as a work of Christian serenity, but one which is not indifferent to current problems. It is the fruit of the deep peace which all men can gain from contemplation of Jesus the Christ. As Karl Rahner has said - this book is 'modern' in the very best sense of the word. Synthesising biblical, philosophical and traditional material, the book remains essential reading for specialists and is used widely for courses on Christology - the very basis of Christian theology itself.

A Manual for Writers

Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

Author: Kate L Turabian

ISBN-10: 0226816389

ISBN-13: 978-0226816388


A little more than seventy-five years ago, Kate L. Turabian drafted a set of guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. Seven editions and more than nine million copies later, the name Turabian has become synonymous with best practices in research writing and style. Her Manual for Writerscontinues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Now in its eighth edition, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has been fully revised to meet the needs of today’s writers and researchers.

The Manual retains its familiar three-part structure, beginning with an overview of the steps in the research and writing process, including formulating questions, reading critically, building arguments, and revising drafts. Part II provides an overview of citation practices with detailed information on the two main scholarly citation styles (notes-bibliography and author-date), an array of source types with contemporary examples, and detailed guidance on citing online resources.

The final section treats all matters of editorial style, with advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, table formatting, and the use of quotations. Style and citation recommendations have been revised throughout to reflect the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. With an appendix on paper format and submission that has been vetted by dissertation officials from across the country and a bibliography with the most up-to-date listing of critical resources available, A Manual for Writers remains the essential resource for students and their teachers.

Morality: The Catholic View

Preface by Alasdair MacIntyre

Fr. Servais OP Pinckaers

ISBN-10: 1587315157

ISBN-13: 978-1587315152


Fr. Servais Pinckaers’s work is well on its way to being accepted as the work on Catholic moral thinking for the coming generation of laymen and students. Pinckaers sharply distinguishes this view of morality from modern “moralities of obligation,” which regard the moral life primarily as obedience to rules that limit human freedom and curb human desires. Pinckaers sees moralities of obligation as the logical outcome of a new understanding of human freedom. Instead of regarding freedom as the capacity to engage in excellent acts of virtue (freedom for excellence), the modern view understands freedom as the radical ability to do good or evil indifferently (freedom of indifference). Pinckaers argues convincingly that this view of freedom and the morality of obligation that flows from it have impoverished the Catholic understanding of the moral life. This work offers the reader a compelling itinerary of moral development, rooted in the theology of St. Paul and the morality of the Gospels. Now, for a new generation of students, the book is made available in a quality paperbound version. In addition, under the direction of Fr. Michael Sherwin, a teacher’s edition of the work is to be published, which will greatly aid the teacher in high school or home school to help his or her students to gain the most from this seminal work. “As Alasdair MacIntyre notes in the preface, the work of Pinckaers attracted strong and fully justified notice in this country with the publication in English of his The Sources of Christian Ethics. As Pinckaers himself notes in the text, excellently translated by Michael Sherwin, the interest should in no way be limited to Roman Catholics. Morality recasts the earlier book in an argument that is both lower and upper case “catholic,” and is accessible to readers and teachers outside the limited circle of moral theologians and academic ethicists. Pinckaers contends that Christian morali.

A New Dictionary of Theology

Reference Works

Author: Joseph A. Komonchak, Mary Collins OSB, Dermot Lane

ISBN-10: 0814656099

ISBN-13: 978-0814656099


This 1,120 page book, double columns, includes the expert knowledge of 165 pastorally concerned contributors who are the elite of the theological and biblical worlds. An invaluable reference work, sturdily bound to last.

The New Jerome Biblical Commentary

Author: Raymond E Brown SS

ISBN-10: 0136149340

ISBN-13: 978-0136149347


This contemporary verse by verse commentary examines the scientific, literary, and historical content of the Scriptures — reflecting the exegetical variation found within the community of scholars. Features current theories on dating, historical reconstruction, and archaeological information. Provides contemporary perspectives on hermeneutics, theological depths relating to the biblical word, and themes in the Old Testament. Includes articles on Jesus, the Early Church, Gnosticism, and the subapostolic church.

The Harper Collins Study Bible

New Revised Standard Version - Student Edition

Author: Society of Biblical Literature (Harold W. Attridge)

ISBN-10: 0060786841

ISBN-13: 978-0060786847


The Harper Collins Study Bible — Student Edition is the landmark general reference Bible that offers the full text of the New Revised Standard Version as well as in-depth articles, introductions, and comprehensive notes by today’s leading biblical scholars for the Society of Biblical Literature. Completely revised and updated, this edition incorporates the latest scholarship and findings as well as incorporating new diagrams, charts, and maps—25% revised or new material.

The One and the Many

A Contemporary Thomistic Metaphysics

Author: W. Norris Clarke, SJ

ISBN-10: 0268037078

ISBN-13: 978-0268037079


When it is taught today, metaphysics is often presented as a fragmented view of philosophy that ignores the fundamental issues of its classical precedents. Eschewing these postmodern approaches, W. Norris Clarke finds an integrated vision of reality in the wisdom of Aquinas and here offers a contemporary version of systematic metaphysics in the Thomistic tradition.


W. Norris Clarke, S.J., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Fordham University and is the author of Explorations in Metaphysics, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Vatican Council 2: Volume 1

The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents

Author: Austin Flannery OP

ISBN-10: 0918344395

ISBN-13: 978-0918344397


The sixteen basic documents of Vatican Council II are presented here in a new revised translation reflecting inclusive language, edited by Austin Flannery, O.P.


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