I picked this up not long after it first came out in 20o4; I understand there was a revised edition published in 2014.
For me, this was a good coffeetaI picked this up not long after it first came out in 20o4; I understand there was a revised edition published in 2014.
For me, this was a good coffeetable book, though not in the traditional sense. I left it out on my coffeetable, and when the news was getting me down, I'd pick it up, leaf through it, and read part or all of a chapter that appealed to me.
It's a book for when you wonder why, let alone how, to keep working for change in the world, because nothing you do seems to be making any difference. It's a reader on hope and perseverance. ...more
Sadly clunky, insufficiently distinguishable pairs of characters, insufficient orientation (at least for this reader) as to what was going on when. EvSadly clunky, insufficiently distinguishable pairs of characters, insufficient orientation (at least for this reader) as to what was going on when. Eventually that starts to become explained, and I actually did make it that far (about 3/4 of the way through perhaps?), but it was just too much work to read so I sent it back to the library without finishing.
I am vaguely curious about how it will all turn out and what the Norse references were, and there were some interesting & original ideas, so I might go back & finish it someday. ...more
Picked this up at the interfaith library booksale today - it caught my eye because I recently learned about St Edith's work on empathy while researchiPicked this up at the interfaith library booksale today - it caught my eye because I recently learned about St Edith's work on empathy while researching my thesis. It reads a bit, but not too much, like hagiography.
I hadn't realized what an accomplished philosopher she was - her work in academia seems remarkable to me, given the times.
I find much in this brief discussion of her work that I like, but I just cannot swallow her dual-nature anthropology (ie, men and women have distinctive natures); though I do see how it qualifies as a feminist stance given the times, and the Kinder, Küche, Kirche context in which she was working. I strongly suspect her work significantly influenced JPII's Theology of the Body (anybody know for sure?).
The subtitle was a bit premature -- Edith Stein was not canonized until 1998; but her story is certainly an inspiration. Her feastday is August 9th....more
Took this out of the Interfaith Library today and leafed through it. It's based on the work and words of Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, whose book She WhoTook this out of the Interfaith Library today and leafed through it. It's based on the work and words of Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, whose book She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse I read for my trinity course a few years ago.
The prayers tend towards the verbose and clunky to my ear, a bit reminiscent of the Blue Mountain Arts card style of poetry. But there are some beautiful images, and a broad array of themes strongly clustered around care for the poor, the oppressed, and the earth.
I did particularly like the versicle at the end of each prayer, which in line one, addressed God by a name from the prayer followed by three descriptive gerunds ending in freeing, and line two was always In you we live and move and have our being.
The line-drawing illustrations are a worthy complement to the prayers. I particularly liked the image of ruach, She-who-is blowing creation into being, and the image of God as a woman pouring out a jar of water onto the soil to sustain the growing grain....more
This is an interesting and unusual collection of essays, because the contributors intertwine personal recollections of Girard and autobiographical refThis is an interesting and unusual collection of essays, because the contributors intertwine personal recollections of Girard and autobiographical reflections on the work with anthropological or theological commentary, in varying degrees.
The language is very, very philosophical & therefore this is not an easy read. I'll want to come back to it someday though, because Lonergan has bThe language is very, very philosophical & therefore this is not an easy read. I'll want to come back to it someday though, because Lonergan has been so influential on so many people I respect (and I'm pretty impressed with Ormerod, too.)...more
This is a very dated but delightfully entertaining, though unabashedly partisan and apologetic, account of the doctrine of the incarnation: from its sThis is a very dated but delightfully entertaining, though unabashedly partisan and apologetic, account of the doctrine of the incarnation: from its scriptural sources, through the Christological controversies of Nicaea and Chalcedon, and engaging with some of the positions of the Magisterial Reformers as well as the "rationalism" (presently called scientism) that rejects the truth of anything that is not "reasonable."
In addition to the historical development, the sophisticated ideas presented in the primary sources with their technical Greek and Latin vocabulary are very clearly explained, which takes a degree of skill for which both the author and the translator must be commended. Here too, though, the partisan sentiments of the author are displayed: while I would find this seriously objectionable in a contemporary text for ecumenical reasons, in this dated text I cannot help but giggle over statements such as
Thus the Greeks had at their disposal two terms [sarkosis (made flesh) and enanthroposis (made human)] to refer to the mystery, while the less subtle but scientifically more secure Latin compelled the Western church to keep the the one term Incarnation, or made flesh. (28)
The Greeks, lovers of subtleties, warmed more than any Westerner can appreciate to the possibility of theological jousts; they could never let any change for the better take place quietly without a fray. (53-4)
Despite these flaws, the clarity of the explanation and the reliance on primary sources is really very well done, especially as it seems clear that this book (and the series of which it was a part) was intended for the ordinary well-educated lay Catholic and not for the academy. We could do with more such books today....more
I skimmed through this very quickly looking for some specific information, but I'd give this three and a half stars based on its general approach andI skimmed through this very quickly looking for some specific information, but I'd give this three and a half stars based on its general approach and writing style.
The author describes it, in the acknowledgements, as "a work of storytelling and interpretation," and this seems an apt description. If you'd like to know more about how Christianity came to believe that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine (ie, the Arian controversy) with more attention to human history and historical context than to theological subtleties, in a lively rather than dry academic style, this is the book for you. (A fair warning: Christians who think that the theological developments of the early church were pure and unsullied by human venality are in for a sad disillusionment.)
The book is definitely aimed at the general reader and requires no prior knowledge of either the theology or the history of the time. Endnotes provide pointers to the historical and theological details for the more academically oriented reader, citing both primary and secondary sources. And there's a fine map of the "the Roman world in the fourth century" inside the front and back covers that's very helpful in visualizing where all these people were from and where these things were happening. ...more
This is an excellent overview, functioning like an encyclopedia. Because of its breadth, it is necessarily shallow, but the brief section that it devoThis is an excellent overview, functioning like an encyclopedia. Because of its breadth, it is necessarily shallow, but the brief section that it devotes to each of the dozens of works is sharply focused and high quality. The works are treated in context, which facilitates comparisons; a brief synopsis and significant themes are generally given. These features, combined with its good index, make this book a terrific starting point that can help direct further study....more