On the God of the Christians: (and on one or two others)

On the God of the Christians: (and on one or two others)


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ISBN-13: 9781587313455
Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 710,727
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction

Author’s Foreword

Chapter I: Disposing of three trios
I. Three monotheisms?
 1. Monotheism is not essentially religious
 2. There are not only three monotheisms
 3. Do monotheism and polytheism simply  
     oppose one another?
 4. The real question
 5. Islamic monotheism
 6. A mutual recognition of the
II. Three religions of Abraham?
Common personages
 1. The same Abraham?
 2. Three religions of Abraham, or only one?
III. Three religions of the book?
 1. A deceptive expression
 2. Three very different books
 3. Three relations to the book
 4. The idea of revelation
IV. Three religions?
 1. How do the three religions distinguish
     themselves from one another?
 2. Three books?

Chapter 2: To know God
I. To know
 1. What does “to know” mean?
 2. To know the singular
 3. Self-knowledge, personal knowledge,
     knowledge of God
 4. To look in the right place
II. A particular object
 1. “Open your eye, the good one!”
 2. Faith and knowledge
 3. To know a paradoxical object
 4. Faith, will, love

Chapter 3: The one God
I. Oneness
 1. The dangers of monotheism
 2. The rediscovery of polytheism
 3. The dogma of the Trinity and political
II. Unity
 1. “Monotheism”: a vague concept
 2. Uniqueness and unity
 3. The concrete problem
III. Union: the human model
 1. The bond of charity
 2. Love and identity
 3. To accept the other as other
IV. Union: the Trinitarian model
 1. Relation
 2. To give rise to the other
Conclusion: United to the one God?

Chapter 4: God the Father
 1. Sexuality and the image of God
 2. Masculinity and virility
 3. Creation and paternity
 4. Uncoupling paternity and virility

Chapter 5: A God who has said everything
I. Nothing more to say
 1. Power, or the word
 2. A stingy grace?
 3. The definitive religion
 4. A God reduced to silence
 5. The discourse of the God who is mute
II. The silence of the flesh
 1. Who wants more, really wants less
 2. Without return
 3. The incarnate Word
 4. The Trinity
III. After Everything
 1. What to do when everything is said?
 2. The word now belongs to us
 3. A general rule

Chapter 6: A God who asks nothing of us
I. I know what to do
 1. The amplitude of the normative
 2. What does God ask?
 3. The end of the Law
II. God’s expectation
 1. The vegetal model
 2. The Old Testament
 3. The New Testament
III. Responding to the expectation
 1. To eat
 2. Faith
 3. Pride and humility
 4. Sacrifice
Conclusion: The “meaning of life”

Chapter 7: A God who forgives sins
I. A few clarifications
 1. Sin and pleasure
 2. Offending God?
 3. Sin presupposes forgiveness
II. My sin
 1. Where is evil?
 2. “For every sin, mercy”
 3. Remission


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New atheists generally betray crass ignorance about the Christian idea of God, or even the idea of God in the best religious traditions of the world. However, the misconceptions that many believers, including devout Christians, harbor about the deity they worship are similarly unfortunate. Now, the great French scholar Rémi Brague has penned a terrific book clarifying the Christian notion of God. His first step is to clear the recent bad habit of including Christianity among the “religions of the book”. Revelation for Christians is not a book but a person, the person of Jesus of Nazareth, a real human being whom they believe to be Son of God. Then Brague helps the reader understand three key ideas about God: the God of the Christians has already spoken everything in Jesus; the God of the Christians asks nothing of us; and the God of the Christians is a God who offers to all forgiveness and remission of sins. For atheists this book should be a sort of academic duty. For Christian believers, it should be required reading. As Baron von Hugel put it in a letter to his niece Gwendolyn, “Before people worry about the Church or even about Christ, they must be helped to get their notions as to God sound and strong.” Brague’s book is a triumph of clear, illuminating, and liberating thinking about God.