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Amazing Church: A Catholic Theologian Remembers A Half Century Of Change by Gregory Baum
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2005
ISBN 1570755744 ISBN13 9781570755743
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More About Gregory Baum
Gregory Baum is the author of many book including " Religion and Alienation " and " The Social Imperative". He has also taught in the Faculty of Religious Studies and Sociology at St. Michael\s College in the University of Toronto.'
Gregory Baum was born in 1923.
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Looking back to see a way forward Jan 15, 2006
The title of this book grabbed me right from the start, and it did so for many reasons. I was raised Catholic but born post Vatican II. As such, throughout public school, high school and even university careers, I have often heard my elders speak of the days before the council and what the church was like.
This book is an offering from a man who saw many changed in his church and in his own life. As a former Catholic priest, who left the priesthood but maintained his love for his church, he eventually married a former nun named Shirley Flynn.
This book is a unique perspective, because of Baum's life. He examines the changes that he has observed and forecasts where he believes some of these changes will continue to go. He examines the change in focus and interpretation of scripture and the life of the church in regards to many different categories. The areas he examines are:
1. The Conversion to Human Rights
2. God's Redemptive Presence in History
3. The Culture of Peace
4. Rejoicing in Religious Pluralism
5. The New Teaching
Baum's easy-to-read style and enthralling personal insights, stories and anecdotes, will keep almost any reader entrapped in the little volume.
Baum engages liberation theology with a zeal: "We stand with the victims of society and support their struggle to change the conditions of their lives; only in doing so will we be able to embrace in solidarity the whole society." P. 74. He Examines Catholic - Christian, and Catholic - Non-Christian (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu) dialogues. He studies the preferential option for the poor, and the new culture of peace. This section on the culture of peace was amazing in how it shows the official church's teachings on war, and being against all war in this day and age. Baum states: "Respect for difference is an essential ingredient of the culture of peace. Can Catholics honour Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists for their differences, or must Catholics look upon them as potential converts to the Christian Faith?" p.90