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Historical dictionary of Catholicism
Collinge, William J., 1947-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
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xx, 551 pages ; 23 cm.
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BX945.2 .C65 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Provides comprehensive coverage of Catholicism, with emphasis on theology, doctrine, and liturgy.

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William J. Collinge is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Mount Saint Mary's College.

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Library Journal Review

Any attempt to edit a one-volume reference source on Catholicism is an enormous assignment, and Collinge (theology & philosophy, St. Mary's Coll.) has succeeded admirably. More than 500 entries cover a broad range of topics: historical (councils, schism, the Renaissance); doctrinal (incarnation, resurrection, trinity); liturgical (lectionary, transubstantiation, the Eucharist); institutional (curia, Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith); and spiritual (religious orders, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila). Ample attention is given to specific figures including God, Juliana of Norwich, G.K. Chesterton, Flannery O'Connor, and Karl Rahner. Concise, well-written entries, averaging a page or more, provide even treatments. Collinge's range of reference begins from the time of Jesus and extends through the various councils, schisms, reformation, and Vatican II before ending with modern-day concerns of the church (the sexual abuse crisis, women's ordination, etc.). Entries offer in-text cross-references. Adding to the overall appeal is an extensive bibliography organized by topic referencing many of the seminal works in a given subject; a chronology; and five appendixes providing lists of popes, ecumenical councils, summaries of documents from Vatican II, and prayers. This second edition contains an updated and informative introduction reflecting upon the election of Pope Benedict XVI. VERDICT Given the length and breadth of Roman Catholic tradition, Collinge has curated and edited a text that will be informative, accessible, and readable for researchers. Highly recommended for academic, large public, seminary, and parish libraries.-Jacquline Parascandola, Columbia Univ. Libs., New York (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Collinge (theology and philosophy, Mount St. Mary's College) has written a valuable reference work on a vast topic. It is difficult to imagine that the history of Catholicism could be addressed in only 551 pages, but Collinge has risen to the task. The result will please pastors and parishioners seeking quick answers to questions about Catholic history, theology, or doctrine. Although Catholicism is a biblical religion, Collinge has deliberately limited the number of entries on biblical themes and individuals. All the entries are well written and concise, and special emphasis is given to topics related to Catholicism in the US. Also of value are the bibliography, the chronology, and the appendixes on popes, ecumenical councils, Vatican II, and prayers. As good as this book is, however, it does not supersede the monumental HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism, ed. by Richard P. McBrien (1995). Librarians are strongly encouraged to make room on their shelves for both. T. Walch; Hoover Presidential Library