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Crossing the Threshold of Hope by John Paul II
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Jun 21, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: theology
Recommended for: Everyone

This is one of the most significant theological works of the 20th century, if not one of the most important ever produced in the Christian tradition. I put it right next to my St. James Bible and Reinhold Neibuhr's "Moral Man and Immoral Society" on the bookshelf. It's more or less the transcript of an interview that Pope John Paul II had with a British journalist. The journalist forces His Holiness to confront the most controversial questions facing the Roman Catholic Church, including Christianity's relationship with Islam and Judaism, questions of human suffering, pain, and evil, and the essence of faith in God and living a life of hope, dignity, clarity, and vision. In an era of the Catholic Church in which the current Pope has openly criticized the Islamic faith as inherently violent while radical Islamic jihadists declare a military crusade against America and the West, and in which the Vatican releases lists on the religious implications of being a nice driver, Pope John Paul II's restores dignity to the Catholic tradition by answering each question gracefully. It's a remarkable and timely response to the widespread secular criticism of the Catholic Church following the disgraceful sexual abuse scandal of the 90s as well. One of my all-time favorites, and I recommend anyone who wants to truly understand Catholicism and the purpose of living a Christian life to read it cover to cover. It's short and great.
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