Item description for God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity A Priest Physicist Talks About Science, Sex, Politics, and Religion by Lorenzo Albacete...
Overview What happens when a priest is challenged to defend his faith at a national media convention? That's the dilemma faced by Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete when he appeared on "Frontline" and found himself addressing the "ultimate issues" of life.
Publishers Description A priest shares his funny, insightful story of the night he defended his faith at a national media convention, answering big questions touching on life after death, science and religion, and religion and politics.
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Commonweal - 01/31/2003 page 30
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Release Date Sep 1, 2002
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ISBN 0824519515 ISBN13 9780824519513
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More About Lorenzo Albacete
Msgr. Lorenzo Albecete, Ph.D. a physicist by training, is a friend of Pope Paul II. He was president of the Pontifical Catholic University in Puerto Rico and professor of theology at Dunwoodie, the Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York. He has been featured in all major Hispanic media in the U.S., including Telemundo, and Naticias. He lives in Yonkers, New York.
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A Beautiful, Intelligent Little Book Dec 17, 2007
Albacete's vision of a 'rational faith' is one everyone on either side of the 'God Issue' should read. It is witty, down to earth, but well reasoned and persuasive.
It seems to me that what we have here is ultimately a powerful, persuasive, and well put together (sound?) version of the 'argument from desire'. Or in Albacete's case, the 'argument from desires'. Besides CS Lewis and the current pope, other intellectual influences range from Levinas and (I think) Miguel De Unamuno. I see a lot of Unamuno's outlook underlying much of what Albacete is talking about.
Albacete's overall point seems to me to be an issue that is widely accepted in many philosophical circles nowadays: that one cannot take a value-neutral stance on what rationality IS when the question of what constitutes rationality is the issue on the table. Any epistemological theory is going to be based on certain pre-existing beliefs, values, convictions and commitments. Hence Albacete's observation that science itself is based on 'desire'.
What the latin priest does is to take these ideas and make them accessible to anyone, leading up to the conclusion that, given science's reliance on commitments much like those that lead us to religion, religion is a justified (rationally speaking) enterprise.
Five stars are not enough. Oct 4, 2006
I first encountered Father Albacete in a Frontline Documentary called "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero"--a beautiful and devasting piece of work. At the time I had no idea who Albacete was or that he had written a book. I was absolutely floored by how honest and disarming he was about his own awareness of the destructive power of the passion that is religious faith---yes, the passion--a passion that he is absolutely committed to! Here, I discovered, was a man who could actually tell the truth, over and above ideology. In fact, the greatest thing about Monsignor Albacete is that he really seems to have reached beyond ideology to touch something real. Here is someone who is not going to feed us the same old cant. I wish I were so real.
This book reflects that same honesty. But what is equally welcome here is a deep humor. (I realize that we Americans are hardly likely to find humor deep.) There were times I laughed so hard I ached. Here was an awareness that human beings both aspire to an Absolute and fall all over themselves in the attempt to get there, and that this is one of the things that makes us worthy of love and compassion. Who would have thought that pratfalls and faith walked hand in hand together? But these pratfalls have, in the words of Robert Frost, "mortal stakes."
Read this book. It may change your life.
Don't look here for answers. Apr 1, 2006
Albacete has a warm and chatty writing style, and can talk about everything from Monty Python to Ivan Karamazov. As a non-Catholic and also a spiritual person, I read this book to understand more about Catholic thinking. I found the essence of the book to be found in this quote: "If we are faithful to the sacred, the Mystery, what we call God, we will always keep searching, for we will never find it, it will always be beyond, it will always be more. Authentically religious people know that..." (pp.178-179) We will never find it? It will always be beyond? I simply cannot agree with that. I believe that it is possible to know God in this life.
Albacete entirely talks about 9/11 and sexuality but skirts what I and many others consider to be deep problems with the church: discrimination against women by barring them from the priesthood and discrimination against gay and lesbian people. (And yes, of course, sexual abuse by priests.)
Over and over again he talks about "The Mystery" and mentions that God didn't tell Job in the Bible why he allowed him to suffer- it is only for Job to submit to the Mystery of God.
If you were hoping for something more or different from this book- I can only suggest giving it a pass.
If God went to cocktail parties... Nov 23, 2003
While advising on a film about John Paul II, the eccentrically brilliant Monsignor Albacete stayed at the Ritz in Hollywood and was accosted by all kinds of people who asked, on location and at poolside and everywhere else, incisive questions about God, religion, evil, hope, and other matters that really matter. This little book joins their questions and his responses in a winsome apologetic that might be categorized as pre-evangelization. However categorized, it is thinking of a high order set forth with literary grace and humor, and all in the service of understanding the irrepressible human aspiration toward the infinite. This is a First THings review.
About the essence of life itself, its meaning, God's plan Dec 6, 2002
God At The Ritz: Attraction To Infinity is the candid discourse by Lorenzo Albacete (a Catholic priest and physicist with a degree in Space Science and Applied Physics), about the essence of life itself, its meaning, God's plan, and a great deal more. From surveying the balance between science and faith; to addressing the eternal questioning of why such suffering and horror exist in God's world; to the "big three" contemporary issues of sex, money, and politics; God At The Ritz is a refreshing, insightful, articulate, "reader friendly", and highly recommended attempt to make sense of the great mysteries of life, and to acknowledge that there are some concepts that can only be understood by God himself.