In the Circle of Mysteries
In the Circle of Mysteries

In the Circle of Mysteries

The Coherence of Catholic Belief


344 Pages, 6 x 9 1/4

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $36.95 (US $36.95) (CA $44.95)

Publication Date: November 2008

ISBN 9780824524470

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


A bold and comprehensive introduction to Catholic theology

A theologian renowned for his powerful storytelling abilities and his original thinking offers this comprehensive survey of Catholic doctrines and beliefs, synthesizing them into a cohesive and clear narrative that is accessible to a lay audience. Questions such as How did the Church arrive at its teachings, and how, through every chapter of its history, did it grapple with alternatives and choose its path? are examined and answered. The origins and tenets of Christian belief are discussed, and the development of Christian and Catholic doctrine is explored. Weaving together history, scriptural studies, and systematic theology, this primer unites disparate elements of Catholic belief, dogma, and practice into an organic whole.


"This work should be a source of inspiration for any serious believer or for anyone who longs to be a serious believer." —Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, archbishop of Cincinnati

Author Biography

Howard P. Bleichner is a systematic theologian at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and a leading figure in American priestly formation. He served as president and rector of St. Patrick's Seminary in San Francisco and as rector of the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. He is the author of View from the Altar, and the editor of volumes I and II of the Norms for Priestly Formation and the fourth edition of The Program of Priestly Formation. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.