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A Short Primer for Unsettled Laymen

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Von Balthasar addresses the critical issues facing today's Catholic layman in a clear and readable manner. Speaking plainly on those ideas and questions which have unsettled many of the Catholic faithful, he brings much needed clarity into the contemporary confusion.
Paperback, 134 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Ignatius Press
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Nov 05, 2015 Frederick rated it it was amazing
Readers may be disappointed that questions of ethical discipline are relegated to the postscript. Instead, the book is solidly focused on Jesus Christ, the core dogma of faith, the attitude of the baptized to this dogma, and the current circumstances of this faith in the world.

This book shows the interpenetration of the mysteries of faith in reference to internal and external situation of the Church in this age: liberalism, pluralism, progressivism, political theology, ecumenism. For a similar
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Nov 20, 2015 Wendy Wong Schirmer rated it it was amazing
Anyone requiring a quick, short, and yet comprehensive, guide to the challenges the Church faces from within and without need look no further than this slim volume. What the Catholic commentariat often grapples with in this day and age that causes many of the faithful so much anxiety is nothing altogether new. But what von Balthasar stresses over and over and over again is the centrality of the Creed, and putting the necessity of letting Christ be truly Himself at the center.

Time and time again,
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A very good, pithy, overview of the major issues challenging laymen after the Second Vatican Council. This is one of the most accessible pieces by Balthasar I have read.
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Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian and priest who was nominated to be a cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is considered one of the most important theologians of the 20th century.

Born in Lucerne, Switzerland on 12 August 1905, he attended Stella Matutina (Jesuit school) in Feldkirch, Austria. He studied in Vienna, Berlin and Zurich, gaining a doctorate in German literature. He joined t
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