A thorough, concise, and comprehensive introductory theology text, this prominent book begins with a new introduction that centers the text on the mystery of God. Its twelve chapters present Christian theology by exploring its roots in the sacred Scriptures; discussing the New Testament and other early Christian literature; and interweaving Christology and ecclesiology with the signs, symbols, and seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Social justice issues figure prominently in the text, as does Catholicism’s relationship with Judaism and Islam. Subdisciplines of Catholic theology also address the church’s mission in the world, as well as moral issues. Ultimately, the text describes the changing contours of Christianity in the modern era, with an emphasis on Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and Fundamentalism. This Alternate Edition offers the full content of the ten core chapters of the parent text while providing a more concise version of the book—minus the research coverage—for instructors who prefer this approach.