Saturday, May 28, 2016

Evangelicals and Catholics Together At Twenty: A Book Review

About The Book:

Founded by Charles Colson and Richard John Neuhaus in 1994, Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) has fostered a fruitful conversation on the meaning of the gospel in today's world. Over the course of twenty years, ECT has issued nine statements addressing contemporary topics. This one-volume guide, the first collection of the ECT statements, explores the key accomplishments of this groundbreaking, ongoing dialogue. Introductions and notes provide context and discuss history and future prospects. The book also includes prefaces by J. I. Packer and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a foreword by George Weigel, and an epilogue by R. R. Reno and Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

ContentsPreface by J. I. Packer
Preface by Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Foreword by George Weigel
A Theological Introduction by Timothy George and Thomas G. Guarino
1. Unity
Introduction by Timothy George
Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium (1994)
2. Justification
Introduction by Thomas C. Oden
The Gift of Salvation (1997)
3. Scripture
Introduction by Thomas G. Guarino
Your Word Is Truth (2002)
4. Saints
Introduction by Robert Louis Wilken
The Communion of Saints (2003)
5. Holiness
Introduction by Cheryl Bridges Johns
The Call to Holiness (2005)
6. Pro-Life
Introduction by R. R. Reno
That They May Have Life (2006)
7. Mary
Introduction by Dale M. Coulter
Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life (2009)
8. Freedom
Introduction by George Weigel
In Defense of Religious Freedom (2012)
9. Marriage
Introduction by Timothy George and Thomas G. Guarino
The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage (2015)
Epilogue by R. R. Reno and Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Appendix: Signers of the Documents

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Editors:

Timothy George (ThD, Harvard University) is founding dean and professor of divinity, history, and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author or editor of numerous books, includingTheology of the ReformersGod the Holy Trinity, and J. I. Packer and the Evangelical Future. He is a member of the editorial council forChristianity Today and is on the editorial advisory board of Books & Culture.

Thomas G. Guarino (STD, Catholic University of America) is professor of systematic theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He is the author of several books, including Vattimo and Theology andFoundations of Systematic Theology.

My Review:

A really great synopsis of a 20 year study put together by Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) that cover nine areas and how these topics have been dealt with over 20 years and the dialogue that came out about each. A very interesting read, that I learned a lot from, and written in a way that even a lay person, with little knowledge of the Catholic church can easily understand. 

I give this book a great thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase this book at your favorite Christian book retailer from Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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