and doctrine in their historical contexts, so that his systematic judgments about theological ideas in both the modernist and Vatican II eras are skewed and fallacious. Witness this typical nonsequitur on Vatican IPs doctrine of collegiality: "Because Jesus chose Peter as leader after he had chosen the other apostles Peter's authority was no different from that of any other apostle . . . and, it follows, the Pope's authority is not really different from that of any other bishop" (p. 52). Certainly Tyrrell never held such a notion, nor does any current Roman Catholic theologian. Four pages later Wells has the Council of Trent identifying revelation with the biblical text whereas, in fact, Trent's set purpose was to affirm the revelatory nature of tradition, oral as well as written. Readers versed in modernist studies will learn little new, and those seeking an introduction will be misled. Scholars Press has done no one a favor.
Thomas J. Jonas