Thursday, 26 February 2015

Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course

The Didache Series: Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course, 2003 Midwest Theological Forum

In another review, I complained that I had yet to see a Catholic equivalent of Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. In the comments, somebody kindly suggested this book. It's currently out of print, but I managed to get a second-hand copy. This is not actually a Catholic equivalent of Grudem's Systematic Theology; it's a Catholic equivalent of You Could Live Forever in Paradise on Earth. With it's photographs of clean cut people, this book really does feel a lot like a Jehovah's Witnesses' book. Not that this is in any way a criticism. Catholics and Evangelicals could learn much from the way that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is able to effectively communicate its religious view through literature.

This book is unfortunately not the kind of book I was looking for, but it is a still a useful one. This is basically a work of catechesis, following a similar path to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with explanations of the sacraments and the Ten Commandments. Inspiring stories about saints and Catholic heroes are included at the end of each chapter for further reading. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for use by an RCIA group.

This is an excellent text for RCIA and I hope it is republished at some point.


  1. I found the Youcat, though very concise, to be somehow similar the Systematic theology. Have you read it?

    1. I'm afraid I haven't. I wouldn't have expected it to go into that level of depth. does it?

    2. About the same depth of Systematic Theology in a question answer format. Pretty simple but sort of encompass it all. It would make a great guide for study groups and such.