Faith beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Times

Faith beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Times


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A personal, surprising, and heart-warming book wherein two spiritual masters of our time advance the central questions of life and faith.
“Brother David Steindl-Rast and Father Anselm Grün are figures of hope, people who by the power of their example can offer an orientation in a world that has become too complex to comprehend. The spirituality they radiate is an everyday thing that is nevertheless both profound and vivid. . . .
“Our conversations, on which this book is based, could be read as a ‘crash course’ in Christian spirituality. This book will be an inspiration and an aid to spiritual life for many people of our time, whether they are believers or not.”
Johannes Kaup
From the Introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814647134
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 655,352
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

David Steindl-Rast, OSB, is a monk of Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York. He has written and lectured extensively and was one of the first Roman Catholics to be involved in Buddhist-Christian dialogue. He is the cofounder of

Anselm Grün, OSB, is a monk of the Benedictine abbey of Münsterschwarzach, Germany, where he has been cellarer since 1977. He is the author of many books, lectures, and courses on themes of spiritual life.

Johannes Kaup has worked at the Austrian public radio corporation since 1990 and has received several awards as producer of programs on faith and life. He has authored five books.  

Table of Contents

Foreword Martin E. Marty vii

Prologue: Prelude ex silentio x

First Love, or: Childhood Sources of Solidarity 1

A God beyond the Marketplace, or: Who Is God, Now That God Is "Dead"? 5

Where Are You Alive? or: The Creative Meaning of Life 11

Ego, Fear, and Nothingness, or: The Epic Discovery of Self 20

What Self Do We Want to Radiate? or: Calling, Courage, and Fear 27

Goodbye to Infantile Images of God, or: In Search of the Divine Mystery 36

Capital Confusions, or: On the Temptation to Want to Possess the Truth 45

"Dead Man Rising," or: Jesus Christ and the Buddha 51

Saint, Sinner, and Called Out, or: The Church(es) between Being and Seeming to Be 66

In Dialogue with the Mystery, or: The "Our Father" and God's Trustworthiness 70

Three and One? or: A Brief User's Guide to the Trinity 74

How Can I Live, Ultimately? or: On the Mortal and the Eternal 80

Being Entirely My Self, or: Prayer as a Space of Freedom 87

Sin and Evil, or: Why We Are Mired in Guilt 107

The Doctrine of Seven Deadly Sins, or: The Beginnings of a Spiritual Psychology 118

Suffering and Reconciliation, or: The Cross and the Structures of Sin 128

Spiritual Growth, or: Learning to Accept Myself as I Really Am 137

Roots and Growth, or: Linking Old and New 141

The Incarnation, or: How Body, Soul, and Spirit Go Together 144

Time for Gratitude, or: Why Every Moment Is a Gift 148

Mysticism, Resistance, and Participation, or: What Is the Christian's Focus? 159

Speaking about Experiences, or: Does Faith Unite or Separate? 163

Thanks Postlude ex gratia 166

Notes 168

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