Catholic Review of: Theology For Beginners
Frank J Sheed
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Not a 'Light Reading' Book, More of a Textbook
This book, Theology for Beginners
by Frank Sheed, was a supplementary book for a Theology course I took in my freshman year of college. Looking at the title, ‘Theology for Beginners,’ I thought this book would be a quick, easy read. I was wrong. The book is a hard read because it is addressing topics that are hard for the mind to grasp.
The chapters devoted to the Trinity were the hardest for me to get through. I knew what the Trinity was before I started this book and it is still hard for me to grasp. Theological topics are often deep and hard to grasp at first, it a book on theology was simplified so much so that it could be easily grasped, you wouldn’t learn anything from reading it. ‘Theology for Beginners’ is packed with so much that I know that I spent a lot of time in Chapel while reading it so that I could meditate on what I was reading. Maybe it was just my mind hoping the Holy Spirit would enlighten me and help me understand. Either way, you will need to reflect on what you are reading or you won’t get a lot from this book. Yes, there is the factual information that is important (especially if you will be using this book for a college class as I was) but there is so much more you can get out of this book. You can learn more about what you believe as a Catholic and why it is that the Church teaches it.
A really great resource in this book is the index. I say it is great because I used it to look up where Sheed would be talking about a specific topic. Though this is a harder read than most books I choose to read, it has greatly helped me grow in knowledge and understanding of my Catholic faith.
‘Theology for Beginners’ has twenty chapters and an epilogue to address what can be considered the fundamentals of Catholicism:
- Why Study Theology?
- The Infinite Spirit
- The Blessed Trinity
- The Three Persons
- The Human Mind and the Doctrine of the Trinity
- The Nature of Man
- The Supernatural Life
- The Sin at Our Origin
- The Redeemer
- The Visible Church
- The Mystical Body of Christ
- The Mother of God
- Grace, Virtues, Gifts
- The Sacraments
- Eucharist and Mass
- The Next Life
- The End of the World
- Epilogue: The Layman in the Church
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