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Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty

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Tomáš Halík is a wise guide for the post-Christian era, and never more so than in his latest work, a thought-provoking and powerful reflection on the relationship between faith, paradox, change, and resurrection.
As the challenges of cultural secularization and dwindling congregation size confront religious communities across North America and Europe, and the Catholic Chur
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ebook, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Image (first published 2005)
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Mary
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When we confess our Easter faith, at whose center is the paradox of victory through an absurd defeat, why are we so afraid of our own defeat?" p 8 "At a time when evil is becoming globalized in such striking fashion--its most blatant manifestation being international terrorism, although natural dusters also constitute one aspect of it--and our human intellect is incapable of sufficiently grasping these phenomena, let alone averting them, there seems little chance of resuscitating the optimism o ...more
Nancy Janzen
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for someone that wants to explore the deepest meaning and issues around faith, particularly of the Christian tradition. Halik worked as a psychotherapist during the Communist occupation of the Czech Republic. He also served as adviser to Vaclav Havel. He explores faith rationally, reasonably and questions all. It's beautifully written and he winnows down what faith can and is about, and what it is not.
Julie Davis
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dense book ... so much so, as far as I can tell, that even the back cover blurb forces the reader to slow down, absorb it, and think.

Oy.

However, when I read the introductory sample via Amazon before accepting the review offer, it seemed to have something to say to the thoughtful Christian. Flipping through the book itself upon receipt, I saw vignettes which piqued my interest and so it is going on my "to read" stack. With the understanding that the reading will come slowly and require
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Stuart
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today, I am reviewing the book Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty by Tomas Halik. This is the first book that I received as part of the Blogging for Books program. It's a pretty sweet deal. They send you a free book, and all you have to do is give it an honest review.

Tomas Halik is a Czech priest, who was clandestinely ordained a priest due to Communism being rampant at the time. Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed him as an advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dia
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Maria Longley
Tomáš Halík starts off this collection of essay meditations with a fair warning of what's in them so you don't need to waste your time on this if you're not interested. That's a nice thing to do! Luckily I was interested so very happy to read these essays. Every year Halík spends a month in a hermitage (and seems to write a book there each year too) in between the rest of his duties and these essays are mostly from that time.

He writes a lot about living with paradoxes, the hiddenness of God (Au
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Erin Cataldi
I've been reading so much Christian romance these days that I thought I could honestly handle a heavy duty guide to Christian living and boy I proved myself wrong. "Night of the Confessor" by Tomas Halik was an interesting and thought provoking read, but very very hard to plow through. This book is definitely intended for the educated reader not just your average joe shmoe. I haven't read anything of this magnitude since my philosophy of religion class in my undergrad. That being said it wasn't ...more
John
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Halik's pointed reflection on the state of our world wrestles with a variety of issues from a perspective deeply influenced by his Christian faith. Always interesting, regularly profound, Halik understands that the life of faith is not about splashy displays and religious enthusiasm, but about the more mundane and quiet ways in which faith works itself out in everyday life. His words are thoroughly grounded in an appreciation for the centrality of Jesus as worked out in those three cardinal Chri ...more
Stephen
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got a major buzz from this book. A really fascinating perspective on "post-Christian" Europe and the possibilities that Christians have there. Also full of deep spiritual insight from a mature thinker with no axe to grind, and who doesn't fight the fact that "old" European Christianity is gone. Refreshingly, he doesn't get caught up some of the cultural trappings of religion and mistake them for the heart of Christianity itself.

Halík is kind of a Czech Thomas Merton. He doesn't write specificall
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Ben
I received this book thanks to goodreads first reads, so I might have liked it more than if I had paid for it. It started off interesting enough, but about a quarter of the way through the book, I started to get irritated by the author, and felt like one minute he'd say one thing, and the next minute... It seems like he contradicted himself. I admit I'm new to theology, and perhaps I'm not not the kind of person the author wrote the book for, but for what ever reason... I ended up giving up on i ...more
Theresa
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Succinct, hard-headed analysis of Christian faith for our time.
Halik uses the saying: "If you come upon a rabbit playing the violin, you are seeing a supernatural act." Likewise, when you see a person behaving selflessly on behalf of another, you are witnessing a grace.
Christian faith is paradoxical. What appeared to be a total defeat became a source of hope and of life. It's a matter of perception.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the question of meaning.
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I recieved this book from Goodreads first read program.

I really hate not being able to finish a book. This is one I just couldn't make myself finish. It is written by a Catholic priest based on his thoughts on Christianity taken from hearing confessions. I love Christian books but this one is incredibly dry.
BHodges
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-library
In the Catholic tradition, the confessor is the one who receives the confession from the one seeking reconciliation with God. This book consists of some of the things a confessor reflects on in his time alone. At the heart of each chapter is an expression of the Christian faith as a paradox. The message of the cross is one of strength in weakness.
Joy Matteson
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I won this book on Good-reads. I enjoyed Halik's unique Catholic perspective on what faith looks like in a postmodern age. Recommended.
Melissa
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book.
Annette
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book with lots to offer for contemplation.
Nick
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book: deep, relevant, wise and not too abstruse. A great example of how to distill profound reflections into a series of though-provoking essays.
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Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as Patience with God (which was excellent), but still very much worth the read.
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Tomáš Halík is a Czech public intellectual, Roman Catholic priest, and scholar.
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“Christianity offers a different vision, the vision of a merciful and loving God, whose “silence” about our sins need not be interpreted as a sign of His nonexistence, but instead as an expression of His patience and readiness to forgive. But” 2 likes
“I have always found it odd and even comical when the Christian vision of eternal life is described as “a crutch” or “cheap solace.” After all, according to Christian belief the first thing awaiting us beyond the gates of death is God’s judgment. On the contrary, isn’t “cheap solace” precisely the notion that death is the end of everything and we don’t have to answer to anyone for our lives?” 0 likes
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