God's Gift Giving: In Christ and Through the Spirit (Hardback)R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB (author)
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/07/2007
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Hans Urs von Balthasar once said that theology should be done on one's knees, suggesting that the attitude it should create in the reader or hearer is one of adoration and praise for the divine mystery. Few contemporary theologians achieve this effect, but here Kevin Seasoltz comes close. This book is a profound but simply written mediation on the central mysteries of the Christian faith - the trinity, redemption, the eucharist, human participation in the divine life and solidarity with one another - in a contemporary idiom. It begins with the notion of gift giving, which ever since Marcel Mauss' Essai sur le don has been the subject of intense discussion among ethicists, cultural anthropologists, and political scientists, as well as among philosophers like Jacques Derrida and theologians like Jean-Luc Marion. Seasoltz takes up these contemporary notions of gift giving and teases out various facets of the divine gifts of word and sacrament, of the Spirit, of communion and community. As Seasoltz says in one summary sentence: "The mystery of the Trinity is made accessible to us above all in the eucharist, for it is there in a special and ongoing way that we are drawn into the very life of God and into the lives of each other."
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 153 x 228 x 19 mm
"Seasoltz, the longtime editor of Worship, is finely attuned to the problems the idea of sacrifice can present; in particular, he is familiar with the critique of certain crude understandings of the 'sacrifice of the Mass.' His book includes a wonderful chapter on the gift of the Holy Spirit, a subject now seriously considered in Catholic theology after a long period of Christomonism in the Western church, when the Third Person of the Trinity often seemed to figure only as an afterthought...Finally, Seasoltz provides a rich account of sacramental and liturgical theology. The book's footnotes are the product of a careful and exhaustive scholarship...and Seasoltz's exemplary exposition is clear and free of jargon...The author's success in bringing the concept of gift to bear on so many theological topics will make this book useful to any educated Catholic, but especially to those who preach, teach, or conduct spiritual exercises."-Lawarence S. Cunningham, Commonweal, January 18, 2008
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