A Passion for God: The Mystical-Political Dimension of Christianity

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In A Passion for God, J. Matthew Ashley edits and translates the most important of Metz's recent essays previously unavailable in English. This diverse collection reflects on such issues as the crucial place of memory in Christian faith and in society as a whole, the role of religious in the Church, the meaning of the mystical virtue of poverty of spirit and the relationship between Christianity and politics in modernity.
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Overview

In A Passion for God, J. Matthew Ashley edits and translates the most important of Metz's recent essays previously unavailable in English. This diverse collection reflects on such issues as the crucial place of memory in Christian faith and in society as a whole, the role of religious in the Church, the meaning of the mystical virtue of poverty of spirit and the relationship between Christianity and politics in modernity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809137558
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

In Place of a Foreword: On the Biographical Itinerary of My Theology 1
Introduction: Reading Metz 7
1 The New Political Theology: The Status Quaestionis 23
2 On the Way to a Postidealist Theology 30
3 Theology as Theodicy? 54
4 Theology versus Polymythicism: A Short Apology for Biblical Monotheism 72
5 Do We Miss Karl Rahner? 92
6 Karl Rahner's Struggle for the Theological Dignity of Humankind 107
7 The Church After Auschwitz 121
8 Theology and the University 133
9 Monotheism and Democracy: Religion and Politics on Modernity's Ground 136
10 A Passion for God: Religious Orders Today 150
Notes 175
Sources 205
Bibliography 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    B&N DOES NOT HAVE HARDCOVER EDITION! While this text gets a

    B&N DOES NOT HAVE HARDCOVER EDITION!

    While this text gets a FIVE STAR RATING, the edition that B&N ships is NOT the hardcover edition. After ordering from this page they shipped a softcover version with a different ISBN (ending in 0, not 8). They have no way of verifying what their warehouse actually possesses. I spoke with their customer service but they gave little indication that they would do anything to fix this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    ohann Baptist Metz’s A Passion for God is both a collection of essays and a collation of the major themes that have occupied the author’s thought and theology during the eighties and nineties. Through these essays, one is able to witness the transition that takes place in Metz as he moves through Karl Rahner’s “transcendental- idealist” paradigm with its concerns for the “modern European world” to posit a post- idealist paradigm whose aim is to answer the following three challenges: the Marxist challenge (the question of truth, history), the challenge of Auschwitz (Auschwitz must be seen as a problem for Christianity), and the challenge of liberation theology (the irruption of the “third world” onto the theological scene). These three major themes, which Metz identifies in the first two essays, form the impetus for what Metz calls the new political theology. Therefore, these themes constitute the backdrop for every essay in this collection. Every essay is addressed as a challenge to the church to take seriously the Enlightenment. Every essay is also composed under the gazing eyes of the sufferers of history, especially those of Auschwitz, whose authority will not be abrogated.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    A Nice Introduction to the person and thought of Johann Baptist Metz

    In my theology studies I had heard about and read a few selections from Johann Baptist Metz, but I had not the opportunity to delve into him as a whole. This book is a good introduction to his story and an insight into his theological thought. In particular, his reflections on the Holocaust and Karl Rahner made for enlightening reading. It is also interesting to see how his thought on political theology has influenced liberation theology. He does not strike me as being "liberal" or "conservative", but rather as someone who was profoundly affected by the sad state of the world and has attempted to bring his Catholic faith to bear on that.

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