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  • Paperback: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; Reprint edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898704707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898704709
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was the first book covering theology that I've ever read.
L. Muljo
Alot can be learned and appreciated by readings from people like the author Frank Sheed.
Victor J. Van Walleghemto
I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand their Catholic faith.
Matthew T. Mehan (mmehan1@acad.udallas.edu)

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169 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Gregorio on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. Sheed proves once again that he is an educator and theologian par excellence. This work is a more detailed and in depth version of "Theology for Beginners" but a must read even for those who have read the "lighter" version. In fact start with "Theology for Beginners" and then read "Theology and Sanity."
I have read innumerable books on theology with an emphasis, but not exclusivity, on christianity. And this book explains with clear and beautiful reasoning the christian faith. You will not find a clearer yet amazingly comprehensive explaination of the Holy Trinity. If you think the 'triangle analogy' is a good model, you will forever look back on it as a simple 2-dimensional representation, with usefullness to be sure, but without life. Mr. Sheed brings the Trinity to Life!
Ever wondered how Christians have come to believe in Heaven, Hell, Angels and the Devil through scripture? Ever doubted that you could come to a rational belief of those concepts using logic, through combining philosophy and theology? Rejoice becuase Mr. Sheed reconciles both of those for you, beautifully and clearly.
By the end of this book you will understand why viewing life without a belief in God is insanity and why believing in God is having clear and sane thought. Do yourself, your soul and your spirit a favor. Read this man's works.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Mehan (mmehan1@acad.udallas.edu) on January 14, 1999
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In an age where philosophy, academia, and society hold religious belief as subrational, Frank Sheed shines as a beacon for those who desire to begin the grave and joyous journey of reconciling faith with reason. His explainations of Catholic theology and the metaphysical realities it upholds prove to be some of the clearest of our time. His explaination of how those realities are translated into practical application,(morality), prove equally lucid. His embarkation into the mystery of the Holy Trinity leaves one with much to meditate upon. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand their Catholic faith. Only a minimum understanding of the Catholic faith is required to follow the author through some of the most complex teachings of the Church. Enjoy!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 27, 2001
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Sheed does a fine job here of concisely presenting the entire Catholic worldview in a single volume. His explanation of difficult philosophical and theological concepts (i.e. the Trinity) is done in a manner that can be easily understood by those with less expertise in these areas. This book is really a valuable piece, and should be on the bookshelves and in the minds of all Catholics.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2002
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Unlike the previous reviewer, Sheed never lost me, in the beginning or anywhere else. This is, admittedly, the Catholic view of the universe and I don't think Sheed intended it to be anything else. As such, it is much more an exposition and explanation of that view than a defense against various competing views, although there is some of that. So, if you are looking for defenses of the Catholic Christian faith against Buddhism, Islam, Judaism or even specifically contrasted to some Protestant beliefs, you won't find it done here explicitly. If you are a Catholic or are interested in learning more about how this magnificent religion views God and creation, there is no finer introductory work (although Sheed's Theology for Beginners is on the same par as Theology and Sanity, just shorter). I have now read four of Sheed's works and intend to read everything of his I can get my hands on. Two other points: 1. For the Catholic Church's thoughts on other religions, see the Catechism or the Pope's speech Dialogue with Great World Religions on May 19, 1999, or his Encyclical Fides et Ratio for starters, all available on-line. 2. For books on the Catholic argument for the teaching authority of the Church see Jesus, Peter, and the Keys, among many others.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Holmes on January 5, 2007
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I am a professor of theology at a Catholic university, and I find myself going back to Frank Sheed for help in expressing the depths of the faith in accessible language. I read Sheed and found him extremely helpful when I was a teenager, and now after years of graduate work in Theology I see MORE depth in Sheed's work than before and I marvel that he is able to express the faith so simply without compromising the nuances that a trained theologian would like to see. Absolutely the best intro to Theology for highschool ages and up.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Helguera on March 20, 2006
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Well, ok, unless you want to go to the real compendium of the Catholic Faith: The Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Otherwise, this is it. Look no further. Sheed's Theology and Sanity is a masterful, deep yet accessible summary of the mystery of creation, its fall and redemption by the Divine Redeemer.

The book covers all the essential aspects of the Catholic Faith and it makes for one of the best Adult Catechisms, Chistian Apologetics and theology books ever written. The reason for its greatness is that this is a book written with the love of a man of great faith and born out of love. Every sentence in the book was tested over 50 years of street corner preaching by its author to crowds not always in agreement with him. And this is the key to this book's clarity: it has been tested by time, the love of its author for the True Faith and his genuine desire to help others make sense out of the Catholic Faith and man's long relationship with God. In reading the book one finds the Faith as beautiful and merciful as the author himself obviously did.

Some of the concepts such as the doctrine of the Trinity are difficult to grasp, but their study is by no means impossible and remain enormously rewarding to the mind. If you have never taken theology or philosophy before you may want to start with Theology for Beginners, also by Sheed; otherwise, look no further than this book. Like many reviewers, I had not covered 3 chapters before I decided to read it a second time as soon as finished in order to drink deeper from this fountain of Truth. How much better would the Church be if this book was more widely used in Seminaries, Universities and Schools!
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