Colleen McDannell confesses that integrating family history with scholarship is not for the faint of heart. In this valiant attempt McDannell tells the story of her Catholic parents in tandem with a discussion of the changes that were played out in the 20th century in the Catholic Church as a whole.
Bernard McGinn, The Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism. In terms of sheer scholarship, this series is the most important contribution to the field of theology in the past quarter century.
Sense of the Faithful: How American Catholics Live Their Faith
Jerome Baggett wanted to know how Catholics live their faith, how they interact in their worship community and how they relate to the larger church and their civic community. So he visited six Catholic parishes in the San Francisco Bay area and interviewed or reviewed questionnaires filled out by 300 parishioners.
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