New Free Ebook: Practical Theology, Essays on Going Deeper as a Catholic

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 16, 2019

To me, practical theology refers to the basic theological understanding one ought to have in order to grasp firmly the principles of the Catholic Faith and to make orderly progress in the spiritual life. It is not at all uncommon that a faulty understanding of Divine Revelation or Catholic teaching on faith and morals can interfere with our growth in love of God and neighbor and our proper response to the challenges of our culture and our personal lives.

Among the essays I posted on CatholicCulture.org between January of 2017 and March of 2019, I have selected for this collection those which attempt to apply important theological principles and insights to the way we understand the world and how we live. Topics range from Original Sin to human dignity, and include our reception of Revelation, the difference between God’s law and mere ideals, the problem of the death penalty, the nature of authentic discernment, the relationship between Church and State, the character of holiness, the natural law, models of apologetics, God’s delicacy in dealing with us, temptation and moral gradualism, and even the incompatibility between trust in Providence and, well, complaining.

When we can learn to think properly about key issues in the spiritual and moral life, we suddenly understand the difference between good and bad solutions to the challenges we face. Once you are registered on CatholicCulture.org and logged in, you can download this new ebook free of charge in several different ereader formats.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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