New York: The Macmillan Company, 1952. Octavo, original maroon cloth, original dust jacket. Worn along lower front edge of near-fine book, minor loss to spine head of mildly toned jacket. Item #897
"WHAT WOULD HEAVEN BE WITHOUT GOD? WHAT WOULD HEAVEN BE WITHOUT THIS CHURCH?" Mid-century American edition of Karl Adam's influential exposition of Catholic dogma and doctrine. 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?" First published in English in 1929 (and translated by Dom Justin McCann, O.S.B.), this eleventh edition includes the original American Approbations (dated 1935).