New Release: Exploring Catholic Theology

Cover ArtRobert Barron is one of the Catholic Church’s premier theologians and author of the influential The Priority of Christ. In Exploring Catholic Theology, 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, this 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 book is the rarest of achievements, namely a demonstration in one short volume of how the doctrine of God, Christology, the Church, ethics, liturgy, and history go together in lived experience.” – Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

“The ‘Church in permanent mission’ to which Pope Francis has called Catholics must be thoughtful as well as merciful, culture-challenging as well as culture-forming, intellectually sharp as well as pastorally sensitive. Happily, Father Barron’s life and work embody all those characteristics.” – George Weigel, author of Evangelical Catholicism

“These essays remind us how indispensable Fr. Robert Barron is as a spokesman for the integrity and beauty of the Christian faith. He combines theological learning and depth with a remarkable gift for knowing what needs to be said–and how to say it.” – R. R. Reno, editor, First Things

“Today the Western Church has to proclaim the gospel in a culture that says it has outgrown religion, Christianity in particular. In this new and perilous situation, we have no more honest and reliable guide than Fr. Robert Barron.” – Bruce D. Marshall, Perkins School of Theology

“Robert Barron’s book is an exceptionally readable introduction to modern theology….Everyone who meditates on this book will discover something new about how to witness to the truth of Christianity in a postmodern culture.” – Francesca Murphy, University of Notre Dame

“Fr. Robert Barron models the kind of pastoral theology and ressourcement envisioned by Vatican II. His is a theology founded on Scripture, tradition, and liturgy–but with windows open onto the world, engaging pop culture and high culture, politics and poetics, evangelicals and postmoderns….Highly recommended.” – Scott Hahn, Mundelein Seminary


Robert BarronRobert Barron (STD, Institut Catholique de Paris) is rector of Mundelein Seminary and president of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. He founded Word on Fire, a Catholic ministry of evangelism, and has written numerous books, including Catholicism (over 100,000 copies sold), The Priority of Christ, 2 Samuel in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path (winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award), and Heaven in Stone and Glass.

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