London: Sheed and Ward, 1929. First edition. Octavo, original yellow cloth, spine lettered in black. Bookplate, minor soiling and wear to original boards. Very good indeed. Item #1339
"WHAT WOULD HEAVEN BE WITHOUT GOD? WHAT WOULD HEAVEN BE WITHOUT THIS CHURCH?"
First English translation of Karl Adam's influential and enduring exposition of Catholic dogma and doctrine. Translated by Dom Justin McCann, O.S.B., with his brief Translator's Note (dated, "St. Benet's Hall, / Oxford, / January, 1929").
Karl Adam was a member of the Catholic Theology department at the University of Tübingen. This book is based on his lectures delivered at the university in 1923. Aimed directly at the laity, the Spirit of Catholicism was a direct influence on Joseph Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity (1969). The last of the thirteen essays—Catholicism in its Actuality—concludes: "The Catholic does not desire some ideal Church, a Church of the philosopher or the poet. Though his mother be travel-stained with long journeying, though her countenance be furrowed with care and trouble-yet, she is his mother. In her heart burns the ancient love. In her eyes shines the ancient faith. From her hands flow ever the ancient blessings. What would heaven be without God? What would the earth be without this Church?" Without scarce original dust jacket. Approbations.