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The Religious Sense [Paperback]

By Luigi Giussani (Author) & John Zucchi (Translator)
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Giussani challenges us to penetrate the deepest levels of experience to discover our essential selves, breaking through the layers of opinions and judgments that have obscured our true needs. Asserting that all the tools necessary for self-discovery are inherent within us, he focuses primarily on reason, not as narrowly defined by modern philosophers, but as an openness to existence, a capacity to comprehend and affirm reality in all of its dimensions. Part of the so-called new religious revival, The Religious Sense avoids any sentimental or irrational reduction of the religious experience. It is a forthright and refreshing call to reassess our lives.

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Studio: McGill-Queen's University Press
Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 16, 1997
Publisher   McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN  0773516263  
ISBN13  9780773516267  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Monsignor Luigi Giussani (1922-2005) was professor emeritus of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, and the founder of Communion and Liberation. His writings have been translated into over twenty languages. Julian Carron is a Spanish Catholic priest and theologian. He is a professor of theology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and was appointed by Benedict XVI as consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and consultor of the new Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization."

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The Religious Sense  Mar 25, 2008
In this book Giussani tries to reconcile faith and reason by giving his definition of the two terms and looking at how we are to enquire reality.

"The religious sense" is the first in a set of three books that form a complete introduction to the author's thought about religion, and in it he only wants to set up the foundations of his method. For this reason, references to a specific religion are few, if any. This makes the book very readable by everyone, not just christians.

The word "God", at this stage, is only used as a name for the mystery the total understanding of which lies beyond the grasping of human mind, but still leaves man with no other choice than to pursue it. In other words, when Giussani looks inside the human, he sees the intuition of an answer to our basic questions (like the meaning of life to say one) and the need to go toward that answer. That unreachable hypothesis we go after, he calls God.

The negative side is that, while the author is obviously an highly intelligent person, he doesn't seem determined to follow a rigorous logic to back up his views. Many times I thought that there had to be some missing step, either because his conclusions didn't follow from the premises, or because I could think of an easy possible objection to those very premises. But every time I was starting to wonder when would he address that objection, or when would he provide the missing steps, he hit me with something on the line of "This truth is self evident. Everyone who doesn't see this is either a slave of his prejudices or is deluding himself".

In conclusion, this is a good book to read for everyone, either interested or not in christianity. It will give your thought many new roads to try in the quest for meaning and thruth. However if you, like me, think that every judgement should be put to a more objective test than the feeling of the author of what is evident, you will have an hard time swallowing some of his views and keeping on reading with an open mind (a skill that is always useful, anyway). Actually more like 3,5 stars
A sharph description of the human being  Jun 11, 2006
The greatest thing in this book is that the author does not invent anything: page by page the core of the human being is represented as it is.
From the starting pages, with the three premises, the reader feels that he is "meeting" a man that is trying to give a method to understand reality, not to tell is beliefs. The proof is given by the particular feeling of "truth" than comes out from the book: you often feel completely described by the portraying of Luigi Giussani.
Absolutely a masterpiece of our ages.
Third time a charm  Feb 5, 2002
I read this book 3 times. The first 2 times I read it too quickly to fully appreciate it. So the third time, I took my time and compared what I was reading to my honest experience... not as someone bought into a Catholic idealogy, but someone open to his experience... Now, I want everyone I meet to read this book. If you take your time, and not read it already claiming which side you are on, the book can take you on a wrenching spirtual journey... 1 that you'll be glad to take. In fact, it makes you happier to be a human.... If you read this book, spend time with it, otherwise the points seem too intellectual, when really it is about the experience of the whole person. Good luck.
Surprising and familiar at the same time  Jul 26, 2000
Overwhelmingly natural, I'd call this book. You get pleasantly surprised at the description of yourself in such a relieving (really liberating) way. That is a mighty surprise in these days! And, however, since it does describe you, it's... wholly natural, as if somehow you've always had known it. Well, but could it be any other way?

Exploring a "religious sense" in us, such as our olfactory, visual or auditive sense, it starts by making methodological clarifications, concerning realism, reason, and the pertinence of morality in the use of reason. And then it plunges into you.

For these reasons, it's something to be read by any kind of folks: whether religious or not, christian, jew, muslim, agnostic, whatever! I've known people of all of these beliefs who've read it and loved it.


No stars  Feb 18, 2000
This overly tangled, needlessly complicated book is written strictly for followers of Giussani's system of belief and those fully immersed in his peculiar ideology. The book's claims for the universality of Giussani's ideas and the existence of one single reality as defined by him alone belittle the diversity and richness of human experience and reduce our existence to the application of what he oddly calls "reason." His efforts to paint faith as something that it is not fall far short. Save your money.

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