Contents

List of Illustrations

x

Abbreviations

xii

Picture Credits

xiii

1. The First Thousand Years

1

2. The Second Thousand Years

51

3. Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture

96

4. The Tripersonal God and the Incarnate Son

124

5. The Human Condition: Created and Sinful

165

6. The Life of Grace and the Hope of Glory

200

7. The Sacraments

234

8. The Catholic Church and its Mission

297

9. Catholic Moral Life and Teaching

335

10. Basic Characteristics of Catholicism

367

11. Current Challenges

381

Select Bibliography

394

Index

397

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