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A guide to finding resources in theology. Guides to specific resources and strategies for individual classes. Taking class online? Limit database searches to "full-text" and Library catalog searches to "Ebooks."

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Preference is for theological language

see these terms for various aspects of reconciliation

  • reconciliation
  • atonement
  • justification
  • grace
  • redemption
  • penance
  • forgiveness
  • soteriology
  • sacraments
  • justice
  • healing

Suggestions for searching in ATLA

     combine your concept(s) with place, time period, a specific writer, particular groups, etc


soteriology AND (Rahner OR Balthasar OR Biel)

(Africa* OR Rwanda OR Sudan) AND (reconciliation OR forgiveness)

(environment* OR ecolog* OR globalization) AND (healing OR reconciliation)

(justification OR grace OR atonement) AND (Luther OR Reformation OR Calvin)

(reconciliation OR penance OR forgiveness) AND (John Paul II OR Benedict XVI)

(forgiveness OR reconciliation) AND (Islam OR Muslim*)

Additional strategies:

  1. Search on scripture passages: Romans 5:1-11; Galatians 5; 2 Corinthians 5       
  2. Search for writings by religious figures or scholars write about reconciliation, etc.
  3. Limit to publications types, i.e. article, book, essay, etc.
  4. Limit search by language

Schweiker, William. The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
(also in print: BJ1251 .B54 2004 Fl. 2)

Hauerwas, Stanley, and Samuel Wells. The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2006.
(also in print BJ 1251 .B54 2004 Fl. 2)

Coulter, Michael L, Richard S Myers, and Joseph A Varacalli, eds. Encyclopedia of Catholic
Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy
. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
BX1753 .E595 vols.1-2 Reference Fl.1