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A Concise Dictionary of Theology, 3rd ed.

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Gain immediate access to concise, accurate definitions of theological terms from “Abba” to “Zwinglianism,” written by two of today’s top Catholic theologians. In this third edition of A Concise Dictionary of Theology, Gerald O’Collins and Edward G. Farrugia identify 1,000 terms, providing necessary information about their origin, and their place in church history. This is not an edited work, rather, each entry is written by O’Collins and Farrugia, giving it a fresh, accessible tone that sets it apart traditional dictionaries.

With Logos Bible Software, this valuable volume is enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear on mouseover in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

  • Contains 1,000 key terms for both Western and Eastern Christianity
  • Places terms in their historical context
  • Reflects the latest scholarship and research
  • Includes the Twenty-One Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church

Top Highlights

“Theandric (Gr. ‘divine-human’). Adjective used by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (ca. 500) to describe the acts of the God-man Jesus Christ. Some used the term in a Monophysite and/or Monothelite sense, as if Christ had only one (divine) nature and/or only one (divine) will. But St. Maximus the Confessor (ca. 580–662) and St. John of Damascus (ca. 675–ca. 749) used the term in a thoroughly orthodox sense. In and through his two natures and two wills (which are neither confused nor separated), the one (divine) person of Christ performs divine-human acts. See Chalcedon, Council of; Communicatio Idiomatum; Monophysitism; Monothelitism.” (Page 258)

“Theology (Gr. ‘science of God’). In the West, the methodical effort to understand and interpret the truth of revelation.” (Page 260)

“Christ as the primordial sacrament (Ursakrament) or the efficacious sign of God’s grace;” (Page 227)

“cannot merit the initial grace of justification and the eternal reward accompanying it” (Page 153)

This convenient, up-to-date compendium will be a valued desk companion. Recommended.

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  • Title: A Concise Dictionary of Theology 3rd ed.
  • Authors: Gerald O’Collins and Edward G. Farrugia
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 352

Gerald O’Collins, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and former dean of theology at Gregorian University in Rome. He is an honorary research fellow of MCD University of Divinity and an honorary adjunct professor at Australian Catholic University. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Melbourne, and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1963. He earned his PhD from Cambridge University in 1968. He taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1974 to 2006. He holds several honorary doctorates, and has earned many awards and honors. In 2006 he was made a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his contributions to theological scholarship and ecumenical initiatives. He is author or coauthor of 60 books, including Jesus: A Portrait and The Legacy of John Paul II.

Edward G. Farrugia, SJ, was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1963. He earned a PhD in philosophy and another in theology from St. Louis University, Missouri. Farrugia has taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome since 1981. He is professor of dogmatics and eastern patristics. He also teaches at universities around the world, including the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.


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