New Catholic Resources From Logos

Andrew Jones, the man spearheading the Logos Bible Software Catholic program, is pushing ahead with some incredible add-ons to the original three base packages. The following are already available:

There is a nice selection of texts from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, focusing on different topics in scripture study. These are divided in a New Testament Studies Collection (11 vols.) and Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.).

The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide (8 vols.) This is a central text for anyone doing Catholic exegesis, and it makes extensive use of patristic sources.  It’s similar to the Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) of St. Thomas.

Augustine Through the Ages. The best single reference work on St. Augustine you’ll find: I’m using a print version right now for a class.

Discovering Aquinas (Aidan Nichols) & Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel of Life (Lawrence Cunningham) are bundled in a single download. I’m no familiar with the Cunningham book, but the Nichols is the best introduction you’ll find. (Indeed, everything by Nichols is worthwhile.)

The Complete Works of Dionysius the Areopagite (2 vols.)

There are two collections of Bible studies published by Eerdmans: one on the Old Testament, and one on the New Testament.

The Modern Catholic Theology Collection includes 5 books about the evolution of modern Catholic theology through the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Maurice Blondel, Joseph Ratzinger, Henri de Lubac, and others.

Two of the collections I’ve been able to spend some time with are The Desiderius Erasmus Collection (17 Vols.) and Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection (14 vols.).

The Erasmus collection is as complete a selection as you’ll ever need of the works of the great Renaissance Christian humanist. It includes Against War, Ciceronianus, The Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, The Complaint of Peace, Enchiridion Militis Christiani, Letters, Praise of Folly, Proverbs Chiefly Taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, The Apophthegmes of Erasmus, and Institutio Principis Christiani: Chapters III-XI. It also includes the secondary works Erasmus (Ernest Capey), Erasmus and Other Essays (Marcus Dods), and Erasmus and Luther: Their Attitude to Toleration (Robert Murray).

The Ratzinger/Benedict set is even more exciting, although there are certainly some other volumes I would have liked to see included as well. The second volume of Jesus of Nazareth is included, but not the first, due to rights issues with the publisher. Also included are Behold the Pierced One: An Approach to a Spiritual Christology, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Church, Ecumenism and Politics: New Endeavors in Ecclesiology, Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year, Credo for Today: What Christians Believe, God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life, Introduction to Christianity (Revised Edition), Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology, The God of Jesus Christ: Meditations on the Triune God, The Nature and Mission of Theology, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, and What It Means to Be a Christian.

Obviously, that’s not far from the complete Ratzinger/Benedict, but it’s a great start. I would have loved to see ‘In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall in there, as well as his book length interviews with Peter Seewald and, of course, a healthy selection of his papal documents. But the project is still young, and there is, no doubt, more to come.

Remember that this is not a text dump. Each of these collections is brought into the Logos systems, instantly linking it the entire Bible study engine. Thus, any scripture reference in any book is linked to any search on that scripture passage.

Numerous other packages are already in pre-publication, which means you can buy them at a discount.

Coming up is the Code of Canon Law (Western and Eastern), The Apostolic Exhortations and Constitutions of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, The Roman Missals (ordinary and extraordinary forms), and a full run of the journal Letter and Spirit. Andrew tells me that they are “starting some major translations projects. We are going to translate Aquinas’s Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, and his scripture commentaries that are still in Latin only. This will be a major event. We will be posting pages about these projects soon.”

I know these are expensive packages, but I can tell you as both a student and a teacher, there are a great resource.


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