THEOLOGY AND SANITY - by F. J.  Sheed - Sheed & Ward London & New York. First published 1947 - by Sheed & Ward Ltd.  110-111   Fleet Street  London,  E.C.4 - & Sheed & Ward Inc  830 Broadway  New York - 5th impression 1951. This edition prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram 2004.
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FOREWORD

I played with the thought of dedicating this book
TO ALL WHO KNOW LESS THEOLOGY THAN I.
It would have sounded flippant.
But it would have been exact.
There are thousands who know more theology than I,
and for them I have no message:
they must teach me.
But there are thousands who know less,
and less is not enough:
I must try to teach them.
This book contains theology,
not the great mass of it that theologians need,
but the indispensable minimum that every man needs
in order that he may be living mentally in the REAL WORLD -
which is what the word SANITY means in my title.

Sanity, remember, does not mean living in the same world as everyone else;
it means living in the real world.
But some of the most important elements in the real world
can be known only by the revelation of God,
which it is theology's business to study.
Lacking this knowledge,
the mind must live a half-blind life,
trying to cope with a reality most of which it does not know is there.
This is a wretched state for an immortal spirit, and pretty certain to lead to disaster.
There is a good deal of disaster around at this moment.

F. J. S.


ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Quotations from the translation of the New Testament by Monsignor Ronald Knox are made by courtesy of the publishers, Messrs. Burns, Oates and Washbourne, Ltd.
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CONTENTS

Preliminary | God | Creatures | Oneself.

  PRELIMINARY
I RELIGION & THE MIND
II EXAMINATION OF INTELLECT
   
  GOD
III HE WHO IS
IV THE MIND WORKS ON INFINITY
V GOD TELLS MAN
VI THREE PERSONS IN ONE NATURE
VII FATHER, SON, & HOLY GHOST
VIII SOME FURTHER PRECISIONS
IX CONCLUDING PART
   
  CREATURES
X GOD AS CREATOR
XI THE CREATED UNIVERSE
XII ANGELS, MATTER, MEN
XIII THE TESTING OF ANGELS & MEN
XIV THE FALL OF MAN
XV BETWEEN THE FALL & THE REDEMPTION
XVI THE MISSION OF CHRIST
XVII THE REDEEMER
XVIII THE REDEEMING SACRIFICE
XIX REDEMPTION
XX THE KINGDOM
XXI DISPENSING THE GIFTS
XXII THE MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST
XXIII LIFE IN THE BODY
XXIV LIFE AFTER DEATH
XXV THE END OF THE WORLD
   
  ONESELF
XXVI HABITUATION TO REALITY
XXVII HABITUATION TO MAN
XXVIII THE INSUFFICIENCY OF MAN
XXIX SUFFICIENCY IN THE CHURCH
XXX THE LIFE OF GRACE
XXXI THE LANDSCAPE OF REALITY
XXXII IDYLL & FACT
   
  INDEX