The Doctors of the Church
The Doctors of the Church

The Doctors of the Church

Thirty-Three Men and Women Who Shaped Christianity


280 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9780824525491

Price: $29.95


A chronology of the elite intellectual teachers of the Catholic Church

Written by one of the great authorities on Catholic wisdom, this user friendly resource is designed as a general introduction to the 33 remarkable individuals who shaped the understanding of the Church’s faith. After a brief account of the concept and development of the office of doctor ecclesiae, sketches of the lives and teachings of the influential doctors are presented in chronological order. A list of major translations of each doctor’s writings for further reading is also included.


"This is an engagingly written book on a topic little studied. One could learn a good deal about the history of theology while finding clues for further reading in McGinn's fine bibliographies."  —Lawrence Cunningham, Commonweal magazine

Author Biography

Bernard McGinn is a lecturer, a professor, and the author of The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism and The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.