Christian Footings is an examination of presuppositions for Catholic thought, as well as an introduction to the most important Catholic thinkers of our time. The book begins with a grounding in the earth's movement toward higher consciousness and the pointers toward God in creation via the thought of Teilhard de Chardin. The author looks at the question of the relationship between Christianity and world religions to discover what is specifically developed within Christianity. The two concepts that emerge are Person and Word. This text will introduce students to the writings of such key Catholic authors as Teilhard, Merton, Balthasar, Panikkar, Schillebeeckx, and others through the use of an anthology of selections from their writing. This revision of the very successful first edition of Christian Footings contains an expanded and updated chapter on Jesus, the focal figure of Christianity.
Robert Imperato is professor of religion at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida. His other books are Portraits of Jesus: A Reading Guide (University Press of America, 2008), Early and Medieval Christian Spirituality (University Press of America, 2003), Christian Footings (University Press of America, 2000), and Merton and Walsh on the Person (Liturgical Publications, 1988). His first interests in religion were stimulated by yoga, which he practiced while studying for a Masters Degree in developmental psychology at Columbia University. His religious formation has roots in the seven years he spent as a non-professed monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani followed by formal study of theology at Fordham University, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D.
Chapter 1 Preface to the Revised Edition Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 I. Creation: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Chapter 4 II. Christianity and World Religions Chapter 5 III. Personalism: Thomas Merton Chapter 6 IV. Revelation Part 7 Anthology Chapter 8 VI. Creation: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Selections Chapter 9 VII. Christianity and World Religions Selections Chapter 10 VIII. Personalism: Thomas Merton Selections Chapter 11 IX. Revelation Selections Chapter 12 X. Jesus Selections Chapter 13 Index