A literary feast for theological gourmets?

The fall of 1966 will present readers of religious books with a literary horn of plenty. Theological gourmets may indeed find themselves set for a tantalizing feast if the quality of the forthcoming volumes matches their quantity and diversity.

The public appetite for religious books is growing, and publishers are stepping up their efforts to meet the demand. Writers are rushing their theological offerings into print before fickle religious tastes change. Remembering certain “radical” entrees of the past year, one suspects that readers may again find a few offerings that are half-baked, devoid of crucial ingredients, or possibly even downright raw. But our survey also indicates that the season’s fare includes a great many volumes that will nourish mind and soul.

The main offerings appear to be books that seek to satisfy the current desire of the Church for greater depth in biblical studies, clearer perception of the nature of the Church, and revitalized means of communicating the Gospel in a secular world. Readers will also be tempted by no fewer than ten new titles appraising the pronouncements of the recent and historic Vatican Council II. The continuing proliferation of paperback editions of original religious works and reprints will fortunately reduce the tab for many lean and hungry students of theology.

The titles here listed under certain major categories of religious interest are selected from publishers’ preview announcements. They indicate a variety of books that readers should relish whether their tastes run to theological profundities, scriptural exegesis, practical advice on Christian life and witness, or devotional materials. Readers should be warned, however, that the ...

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