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The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II

, 2018
ISBN: 9780802874382


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The Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) radically shook up many centuries of tradition in the Roman Catholic Church. This book by Thomas Guarino, a noted expert on the sources and methods of Catholic doctrine, investigates whether Vatican II’s highly contested teachings on religious freedom, ecumenism, and the Virgin Mary represented a harmonious development of—or a rupture with—Catholic tradition.

Guarino’s careful explanations of such significant terms as continuity, discontinuity, analogy, reversal, reform, and development greatly enhance and clarify his discussion. No other book on Vatican II so clearly elucidates the essential theological principles for determining whether—and to what extent—a conciliar teaching is in continuity or discontinuity with antecedent tradition.

Readers from all faith traditions who care about the logic of continuity and change in Christian teaching will benefit from this masterful case study.

Key Features

  • Compelling insights into how church tradition changes over time
  • Examines the significant issues the Second Vatican Council created
  • Provides valuable discussion for readers from all faith traditions about continuity and change in Christianity.


  • The Central Problem of Vatican II
  • Theological Principles for Understanding Vatican II
  • Key Words for Change
  • Disputed Topics and Analogical Reasoning
  • Disputed Topics and Material Continuity

Product Details

In the Verbum edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Verbum Catholic Study Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

About Thomas G. Guarino

Thomas G. Guarino is professor of systematic theology at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, and co-chair of the initiative Evangelicals and Catholics Together.

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