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From one of the world's most prophetic voices, and inspiring sumary of the Christian message. For over fifty years and in over sixty books, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff has explored the mysteries of the Christian message. In this short work he sets out to describe the essence of Christianity in language that is accessible and meaningful in terms of our awareness of the evolution of the universe and an expanding cosmos. In this perspective he asks, "What does Christianity intend to reveal? What message does ...
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Overview

From one of the world's most prophetic voices, and inspiring sumary of the Christian message. For over fifty years and in over sixty books, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff has explored the mysteries of the Christian message. In this short work he sets out to describe the essence of Christianity in language that is accessible and meaningful in terms of our awareness of the evolution of the universe and an expanding cosmos. In this perspective he asks, "What does Christianity intend to reveal? What message does it bring to human beings? For believers, how does it reveal God and how is God revealed in it?" Boff situates the story of Jesus in the immense history of the cosmos, the story of the Divine Mystery that seeks to be known. He goes on to relate the story of Jesus to the history of Christianity, which carries on his mission, despite its failing and distortions. Thus, the Christian movement takes part in the common mission of other religious and spiritual paths "to keep alive the sacred flame of the divine presence in each person, in history, and in the entire cosmic process."
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Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
In this short work, influential liberation theologian Boff (Jesus Christ Liberator) focuses on Christianity's core: the Lord's Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus's call to peace, unconditional love, and preferential care for the poor, all of which proclaim the reign of God. In Boff's reading, Christianity's true meaning has been buried under the dogmas, creeds, and sacraments of the institutional church. The hope for the reign that will bring justice and end suffering has resided in those who, like Francis of Assisi, have poured themselves out in love of God, neighbor, and all creation. "The reign is the key thing; the church is secondary," Boff writes. Although the book's first 20-odd pages, which conflate faith concepts with science, yield a mystical stew that might be off-putting to some, Boff's later focus on Christianity's gentle and loving essence, written with heartfelt and persuasive simplicity, becomes inspired reading. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608333042
  • Publisher: Orbis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 767,139
  • File size: 4 MB

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