New books for theologians, communicators

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MANILA, May 12, 2015 – The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference – Office of Social Communication (FABC-OSC) published in April the first two volumes of “Communicatio Socialis Prints” (CSP), which is a collection of scientific studies in religion and social communication publications for theologians, social and pastoral communicators.

Fr. Anh Vu Ta, a priest of the Diocese of Osnabr?ck in Germany who teaches Communication Theology at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila wrote volume 1 entitled, “Social Communication in Theological Perspective: Communication Theology”.

Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, the editor of the series has an introductory article entitled “Social Communication in Theological Perspective” in volume 1. He is a professor of Social-Pastoral Communication in UST and Executive Director of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC), St. John’s University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Volume 1 speaks of the term “social communication”, developed by Vatican II, that refers to the communicative interaction in a human society from which the authors developed their theological reflections, giving rise to communication theology. Volume 1 of the book series gives an exhaustive discussion on communication theology which considers communication as a “theological principle which is at the basis of all theology.” This volume asserts that the Trinity as communication speaks of communio of the divine persons in mutual communication. It also discusses God’s self-communication in Revelation, in Incarnation, the role of the Holy Spirit, and the Church as image of the Trinity.

Rev. Virgilio F. Ciudadano, Jr. wrote volume 2 of the said series entitled “Social Communication Formation in Seminaries and Schools of Theology: An Investigation” with a preface by Fr. Eilers on priestly formation in social communication, presenting the results of the study from seven seminaries and theological schools in Metro Manila.

Salesian priest Fr. Renato de Guzman, is currently writing volume 3, which will feature a study on catechetics and religious education.

CSP is a joint publication of the FABC-OSC, the Master of Arts in Theology major in Social-Pastoral Communication (MAT-SPC) program of UST, Manila  in cooperation with the St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center (JFCC) in Quezon City, and the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) at St. John’s University in Bangkok, Thailand.

This book series of Communicatio Socialis Prints released by Logos are available in its bookstore with telephone/Fax: (02) 732-2736 and email address logospublications@yahoo.com.ph. (Vanessa M. Puno/ CBCPNews)

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