Exploring Pathways to God presents a very basic understanding of the science and art of theology and discusses the ways in which Christian and specifically Catholic doctrines were codified and taught. This book presents the people (theologians) who, through their prayer and study, determined and articulated the tenets of Chrisitan faith. Also included are brief descriptions of the process and teachings of the Ecumenical Councils that have promulgated most of the key doctrines of the faith. This monograph includes a complete guide to identifying and finding underlying documents that were used to formulate present church doctrines and dogmas. Exploring Pathways, along with the other books in the Left Coast® Monograph series, is designed for shared group discussion, as well as for personal reading and reference.
William Frank (Bill) Smith has been a volunteer adult education leader and lay minister in various Roman Catholic parishes in both California and Oregon for over thirty years. After a long career in business he retired in 2007 and with his wife, Barbara, moved from Southern California to Oregon. Bill and Barbara enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with their four children and five grandchildren. Now that he has more leisure time, Bill is creating a series of monographs reflecting many of the insights he has garnered in his ministerial work. Both Barbara and Bill remain active in their parish in Beaverton, Oregon- Mission of the Atonement- a unique parish that joins two Christian traditions, Roman Catholic and Lutheran, working side-by-side to make the Kingdom of God present in today's world.
Exploring Pathways to God by William Frank Smith was published by Dog Ear Publishing in July 2013. The ISBN for Exploring Pathways to God is 9781457518690.