Saturday, November 03, 2007

This is the Faith Database: Extraordinary One-Stop Catholic Resource

Tim Cooper (whom I had the pleasure to meet in Steubenville this summer) and Jerry Suelzer have designed a terrific database on one CD, for Catholics (see their website). It has virtually every source a Catholic apologist or student could need or want, and super-convenient cross-referencing and search capabilities. Here is some of what it includes:

10 Bible translations (some require Internet access):
RSV, KJV, NASB, NIV, ESV, WEB, NRSV, Young's, NAB, Douay
88 council documents from all 21 ecumenical councils

400 early Church writings

158 writings from the Doctors of the Church (especially St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius, St. Ambrose, and St. Jerome)

74 books by Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

112 books by G.K. Chesterton

268 papal encyclicals and other writings

The Catholic Encyclopedia
(1913): over 12,000 entries

Search capability for the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Code of Canon Law (Internet required)

100 Bible maps and over 4800 Christian images

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Fr. George Haydock's New Testament Commentary

100,000 reference Concordance

Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body

Free monthly updates from the home website

Dozens of other classics, including:
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises

James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers

St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel and Dark Night of the Soul

St. Teresa of Ávila, The Interior Castle, The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, and The Way of Perfection

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Poems and The Story of a Soul

Baltimore Catechism

Philip Hughes, History of the Catholic Church
Butler's Lives of the Saints, Volume 1

Works of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas More, Hilaire Belloc, John Bunyan, and Ronald Knox
Here is an example of the search capacity:


I strongly recommend Tim and Jerry's work. Please stop by and purchase This is the Faith Database for the ridiculously low price of $24.95 postpaid (and only $18.95 for group orders, students, educators, clergy and religious). You can also call to order, at (260) 413-7157.

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