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The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective [Paperback]

By Ilia Delio (Author)
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Through the lens of St. Bonaventure's theology, Delio searches for God today--in a fast-paced, scientific world that in many ways views God as an unnecessary hypothesis.

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The humility of God is really about God's relationship to the world and God's fidelity to the world, even when everything in the world seems to fail.--from the Introduction
"Here as in her previous work, Sister Ilia builds on her outstanding command of the scholarship about the work of Bonaventure which has developed so remarkably in the twentieth century. Together with this she brings her personal knowledge and experience of contemporary scientific understandings of the cosmos. In a style that is preeminently readable, she offers insights into issues and problems that are widespread in the present period of Christian history. Sister Ilia has taken on these monumental issues and has opened insights, which can be helpful to many who take their Christian faith seriously."--from the Preface by Zachary Hayes, O.F.M.
"The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective" is the first extensive treatment of a Franciscan theology of divine humility. Through the lens of St. Bonaventure's theology, Ilia Delio searches for God today "in a fast-paced, scientific world that in many ways views God as an unnecessary hypothesis." Using Bonaventure's Christ-centered mysticism, Ilia Delio illustrates God's humility and his relationship to the world, while at the same time tackling these tough questions: How can a God of love exist in such a time of turmoil and suffering? How can a well-educated Christian reconcile contemporary science with the central symbols of his or her faith?

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Through the lens of St. Bonaventure's theology, Delio searches for God today--in a fast-paced, scientific world that in many ways views God as an unnecessary hypothesis.
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The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective by Ilia Delio has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 113

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
ISBN  0867166754  
ISBN13  9780867166750  

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More About Ilia Delio

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ILIA DELIO, O.S.F., is associate professor of ecclesiastical history and director of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. She wrote Franciscan Prayer and The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press), Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ (Franciscan Press) and Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thoughts and Writing (New City Press).

Ilia Delio currently resides in Washington, DC.

Ilia Delio has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Catholicity in an Evolving Universerel102000
  2. Studies in Franciscanism

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A Comprehensive, Insightful Exploration of Humility  Mar 4, 2006
Humility is certainly never a popular topic because most mortals are not given to its practice. Delio leads us through the complex beauties that emerge when humility is present in even one human being-amazing things take place. God works in the humble, and rejects the proud. This book shows us why, and how His preference for humble folk accomplishes His will.
God Bends Over Us in Love  Oct 4, 2005
Delio, a Franciscan sister and associate professor of ecclesiastical history at the Washington Theological Union, begins this rich, scholarly work by addressing the theology of the humility of God from the Franciscan perspective. She calls on the works of scholars from the 13th to the 21st centuries including Francis of Assisi and his follower Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Duns Scotus, Thomas Merton, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

In the opening chapter Delio explains that Bonaventure viewed Christ less as a remedy for sin and more as the goal and center of the universe, and that the Incarnation is not about sin but about the love of God. She writes, "The fullness of the mystery of Christ is completed in humanity; thus it depends on us human beings and our participation in the mystery of Christ... God bends over in love for us through the Word Incarnate."

Delio uses this image of God bending over us in love as she looks at three concerns: the place of God in an evolutionary universe, the role of God in a suffering world, and God's humility in a world of pluralism and difference. In discussing the importance of living in relation to Christ, Delio reminds us that for Francis, Christian life meant active engagement and attention to "the humility of God who hides in ordinary fragile human flesh, tiny creatures, and the natural elements of creation."

Reflection questions at the end of each chapter help groups and individual readers to digest the material and bring it to bear on their own lives. An index and extensive bibliography are also included.

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