I understand the dynamics of reading for knowledge for background purposes, which is why I started reading this book. The emphasis Dr. Pagel's placedI understand the dynamics of reading for knowledge for background purposes, which is why I started reading this book. The emphasis Dr. Pagel's placed on the Gospel of Thomas as possibly a reasonable substitute or co-heir with the Gospel John left me with a sinking pit of the stomach feeling and gave me cause to stop reading after investing 3 days of effort. Although I am not adverse to learning about the other books concurrently shared with the time of the Gospels, I do believe that the early church was led as a whole by the Holy Spirit and that the Canon as given to us is inspired by God and correct. Any intimation that this is not so is speculative and should be labeled as such. Theologians who test the limits of Faith do so with the certainty that the good faith of the Church will speak lovingly to the faithful and allow questions to be developed. Once the people have judged by consensus through active participation and practice over a long period of time and ruled in or out certain ideas, I believe that the "sour grapes" approach like Dr. Pagel uses is a dis-service to those of us who are looking for information about historical areas like the books of Gospel of Thomas and/or Gospel of Mary, etc. I probably will just get a translation of the Gospel of Thomas and read it, not listen to the theological ramblings of experts with an axe to grind, like Dr. Pagels. ...more
Norma's Book Club will talk about this book on Jan. 18th, 2017. I found this book to be enjoyable and enlightening. Not only did it remind me of my SpNorma's Book Club will talk about this book on Jan. 18th, 2017. I found this book to be enjoyable and enlightening. Not only did it remind me of my Spiritual Advisor who is over 80 years of age, but the ease with which the characters grew in meaning to my life was unprecedented. It was inspiring to be able to see the universality of actions that bring us closer to God. I definitely will read his earlier book Tuesdays with Morrie. ...more
As a first overview of the chapters and direction Pope Francis is taking with this Encyclical, I am impressed with the overall scope of the project. NAs a first overview of the chapters and direction Pope Francis is taking with this Encyclical, I am impressed with the overall scope of the project. Not only is he talking about the problem and the root causes of the problem as well as a proposed solution, but he is relating it to our need to worship God with all our heart and mind and our neighbor as our-self. I am glad that I chose this to be the first book to be focused upon at this time of my life. This is going to be an adventure.
After reading this book, I attempted to interest my parish church in starting a study group. No response. I attempted to interest the Men's club in sponsoring a study group on ecological issues like light bulbs at the church. Negative response.
Currently am member of new parish in nearby city. First day I heard the sermon based on Laudato Si.! I am developing an interest group for Book Study on same with the priest who has taught the course before. How much fun this is! ...more