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Revised Edition
Peter Stravinskas

Over 3000 entries, easy to use pronunciation guide, specialized Catholic terms and definitions, summary of major church councils, list of popes from Peter to John Paul II.
The topics cover theology, doctrine, canon law, saints, liturgy, vestments, religious orders, holy days, and catechetics; biblical figures are cross-referenced with bible verses; proper forms of address for Church hierarchy, as well as pointers on etiquette and literary style.
1993/2002 pb 797pp R235.00

Her marks, and her masters
Aidan Nichols, OP

Nichols explores the church's characteristics and drawing on insights from four theological masters - de Lubac, Tillard, von Balthasar and Journet - Nichols seeks to help Catholics and non-Catholics to "figure out" the church on at least a fundamental level.  Part 1 deals with: the unity of the church; the holiness of the church; the catholicity of the church and the apostolicity of the church.
Paperback 187pp R224.00

Three twentieth-Century moments in a developing theology
JeanMarie Gribaudo

This text examines three key moments in the developing theology of the church's holiness and sinfulness in the twentieth century: the ressourcement movement of the 1930s to the 1950s, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), and the pontificate of John Paul II (1978-2005).
The aim of this text is to make accessible the works of Emile Mersch, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, and Charles Journet that discuss the holiness and sinfulness of the church and to demonstrate how these works were influential in composing the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. The author then considers how this developing theology is put into practice in Pope John Paul II's millennial program, which centers on admitting that the Church in its members has sinned and needs to seek forgiveness.
Paperback 223pp R379.00

A community's search for itself
Tom Roberts

"A searingly insightful, sometimes necessarily critical, but always loving portrait of today's Church. Required reading for anyone who wants to keep the spirit of Vatican II alive"
- Paul Wilkes
2011 pb 204pp R221.00

Yves Congar's vision of Ecclesial Authority
Anthony Oelrich

It was Congar's lifelong theological project to help restore to the church a more evangelical, gospel-based understanding of her life. From the vast corpus of this great expert of the Second Vatican Council, this book gathers his efforts as they pertain specifically to the issue of authority in the church.
The often hot-button nature of any discussion on how authority is exercised in the church will only benefit from the retrieval of the theological tradition on this issue brought forth by Congar. His vision  ultimately demands that our understanding of authority must flow from our understanding of God as a Trinity of Persons and, therefore, be practiced in the mutuality of relationship and always be directed at growth in authentic relationship.
2011 pb 163pp R320.00

Leadership wisdom from the Beatitudes
Dan Ebener

Ebener skillfully weaves an understanding of one of the most powerful and familiar bible passages with insights drawn from his experience developing faith-filled leaders in churches, businesses, and non-for-profit organizations.
Each chapter befins with scripture, reflects on the inward journey of leadership through the virtues associated with the beatitude, and addresses some of the outward challenges of leadership. There are specific suggestions about mission, vision, core values, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, communication and listening, team-building, innovation and leading change.
2012 pb 93pp R106.00

Constants, context and prophetic dialogue
Edited by Catholic Ross and Stephen Bevans

In this collection of essays the editors and contributors reflect on the "constants" of mission throughout history and in today's context: the centraility of Christ and of Trinitarian faith, the importance of the communal or ecclesial nature of mission, the connection between missionary reflection and practice and a person's or community's eschatological vision, or conviction about the nature of salvation, and appreciation or suspicion of culture.
In a framework of prophetic dialogue, theologians and missiologists from around the world, relate these to the six elements of mission: witness and proclamation; liturgy, prayer, and contemplation; justice, peace, and the integrity of creation; interreligious dialogue; inculturation; and reconciliation.
Out of this dialogue emerge theological reflections that are showing a way forward for theology and mission in a global context.
Contributors include: vanThanh Nguyen, Amos Yong, Tim Naish, Robert Schreiter, Maria Cimperman, Emma Wild-Wood and Dawn Nothwehr
2015 pb 259pp R502.00

Richard Gray

Edited with an Introduction by Lamin Sanneh
A pioneering scholar, Richard Gray, sheds new light on the story of African Christianity.
Originally he assumed that the critical initiatives in the implantation of Christianity in Africa came from within catholic Europe or its missionaries. He soon discovered, however, that the initiatives came from African Christians: from Ethiopia, Kongo, from sppeals to Rome by African Catholics, and finally from slaves of African origin from the New World who were protesting against the appalling discrepancy between Christian principles and the practice of slave traders and owners. With Gray's final work left unfinished, Sanneh has assembled these published essays. The result is an enduring contribution to the study of Africa, mission, and World Christianity.
2012 pb 197pp R513.00