My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is not a book for the feint hearted, but for those who persevere with it the rewards will be great!
Robert Barron has become a well-known Catholic apologist in recent years through the Word on Fire media ministry, videos, podcasts, and books that are his brainchild. Presenting a very orthodox understanding of the Catholic Tradition of Christian faith and belief, Barron uses a thoroughly consistent intellectual approach that has clearly been tempered by a deep understanding of the pastoral reality facing the contemporary Church.
This book, which started life as a collection of addresses, articles and other writings, presents a consistent vision of the Catholic understanding of faith. Though at times the book’s origins result in some repetition of similar ideas across the various chapters, this is less distracting than might be at first imagined.
From the dust cover:
Robert Barron is one of the Catholic Church’s premier theologians and author of the influential The Priority of Christ. In this volume, Barron sets forth a thoroughgoing vision for an evangelical catholic theology that is steeped in the tradition and engaged with the contemporary world. Striking a balance between academic rigor and accessibility, the book covers issues of perennial interest in the twenty-first-century church: who God is, how to rightly worship him, and how his followers engage contemporary culture. Topics include the doctrine of God, Catholic theology, philosophy, liturgy, and evangelizing the culture. This work will be of special interest to readers concerned about the so-called “new atheism.”