Friday, January 25, 2013
by Fr. Thomas Kocik
Newman House Press. As a work of apologetics, the book does not directly concern the Liturgy but rather theology, which of course underpins the liturgical prayers and practices of the Church—Lex orandi, lex credendi and all that. (Besides, I would be foolish not to take advantage of the opportunity to announce the book on a website visited every day by hundreds of people who take the Liturgy seriously precisely because they take the Faith seriously.)
The literature on world religions is immense, no doubt, and countless apologetical works have been written to defend "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). What sets The Fullness of Truth apart is that it combines those themes, providing a Christian and specifically Catholic apologetics within the study of other religions and other Christian traditions. It is therefore neither a systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith nor a disinterested survey of other world religions. Rather, seeking wisdom wherever she may be found, it identifies the elements of truth found outside the Catholic Church, outside Christianity and outside the biblical orbit (what the Church Fathers called the semina Verbi, the "seeds of the Word" liberally sown by the Holy Spirit) and demonstrates how those fragmentary and hazy truths, which are often mixed with grave error, receive their fullest dimensions in Catholicism.
$10.00 USD / paperback / 208 pp. Available from the publisher and Amazon.com.