The Human Poetry of Faith

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The language of faith stands in the way of faith. This is the startling and refreshing message of popular

Author Michael Paul Gallagher in this book. Too often, the Christian message is described in language that is tired and moralistic to many, especially the young. The result is that religion becomes a "turn off." In imitation of Jesus, to reach all, and youth in particular, faith needs to be conveyed through the language of storytelling and dialogue.Highlights · inventive and...

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Overview

The language of faith stands in the way of faith. This is the startling and refreshing message of popular

Author Michael Paul Gallagher in this book. Too often, the Christian message is described in language that is tired and moralistic to many, especially the young. The result is that religion becomes a "turn off." In imitation of Jesus, to reach all, and youth in particular, faith needs to be conveyed through the language of storytelling and dialogue.Highlights · inventive and surprising. · uses stories, allusions to novels and films, and imaginary dialogues between, for example, Jane Austen and D. H. Lawrence, Shakespeare and Oscar Romero, to show how faith can be found in ordinary situations. · appeals to a wide, especially young, audience. · a novel addition to Jesus scholarship.

Author Bio: Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J., is professor of fundamental theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He previously taught literature at University College, Dublin. He is also the

Author of the Paulist Press titles What Are They Saying About Unbelief and Clashing Symbols.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is another of the many current titles that seem to answer a need for spiritual heroes great men, great women, great saints. This volume collects articles on 52 Christians who have exerted a strong influence on the last 1000 years, by as many authors. There are no real surprises among those chosen, with the possible exceptions of Bridget of Sweden and the Swami Abhishiktananda, Henri Le Saux, and the articles are on the whole capably written. This pleasing book has, ultimately, a British genesis: both of its principal editors are English in origin, though O'Grady now lives in California. Many potential readers will be attracted by Rita Corbin's strong and striking woodcuts. For most collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809140701
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Foreword xi
Anselm (c. 1033-1109) 1
Theodosius of the Caves (c. 1010-1074) 5
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) 9
Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153) 13
Peter Abelard (1079-1142) 17
Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226) 21
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) 25
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-c. 1328) 29
Dominic (c. 1170-1221) 33
Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) 37
Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) 41
Gregory Palamas (c. 1296-1359) 45
Sergius of Radonezh (c. 1314-1392) 49
Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1420) 53
Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) 57
Thomas a Kempis (c. 1380-1471) 61
Fra Angelico (c. 1400-1455) 65
Martin Luther (1483-1546) 69
Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1467-1536) 73
John Calvin (1509-1564) 77
Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) 81
Thomas More (1477-1535) 85
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) 89
John of the Cross (1542-1591) 93
Mary Ward (1585-1645) 97
George Herbert (1593-1633) 101
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) 105
John Bunyan (1628-1688) 109
George Fox (1624-1691) 113
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 117
John Wesley (1703-1791) 121
William Blake (1757-1827) 126
Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833) 131
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) 135
Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) 139
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) 143
William (1829-1912) and Catherine (1829-1890) 147
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) 151
Karl Barth (1886-1968) 155
Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) 159
Swami Abhishiktananda (1910-1973) 163
Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) 167
Edith Stein (1891-1942) 171
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) 175
Simone Weil (1909-1943) 179
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) 183
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) 187
Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980) 191
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) 195
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) 199
Pope John Paul II (1920-) 203
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