The historical context in which theological understandings have developed play an important role in our understanding of the modern church. In this book, Sulpician priest and scholar Frederick J. Cwiekowski traces the theology of the church, beginning with the community of disciples during Jesus' ministry and the New Testament era. He continues through the various periods of history, highlighting events from both the East and West, including the remarkable developments surrounding the Second Vatican Council, the post-conciliar period, and today's pontificate of Pope Francis. With this book, intended for general readers and students of theology, Cwiekowski hopes to promote an appreciation of the mystery that is the church.
Frederick J. Cwiekowski, PSS, priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford (1962) and member of the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice, did graduate theological studies at the Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven) (STD, 1972). He taught in seminaries in Baltimore and Menlo Park, California, and in various summer school MA programs in different parts of the country. He is also the author of The Beginnings of the Church (Paulist Press, 1988).