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Why the Church? [Hardcover]

By Luigi Giussani (Author)
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Giussani begins by focusing on the Church as a community composed of people who are aware of themselves as defined by the gift of the Spirit, from which they derive a new conception of existence, the fruit of conversion. He then describes the Church's developing self-awareness of its dual elements of the human and divine. Concerned with verifying the Church's claim to embody Christ, Giussani situates the locus of verification in human experience, arguing that a different type of life is born in those who try to live the life of the Church. Why the Church? is a seminal study that will engage both the scholar and the general reader.

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Studio: McGill-Queen's University Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.62" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 2, 2001
Publisher   McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN  0773516549  
ISBN13  9780773516540  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Monsignor Luigi Giussani (1922-2005) was the founder of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation in Italy. His works are available in fifteen languages and include the trilogy The Religious Sense, At the Origin of the Christian Claim, and Why th

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Read in SoC  Nov 10, 2006
First of all, read this book in the School of Community of Communion and Liberation if you can find one. Much of the stuff is too dense to unpack on your own. Second, I never read the first two books of the trilogy and that might have been the reason I missed out on a lot of things. But this book isn't for someone who just wants to start learning about the Catholic Church. You'll need some easier books under your belt first. Third, the translation sucks. If you can read Italian, Spanish, or French, I'd recommend you picking up one of those. Hopefully a new translation will come out. Also there are a couple typos and some paragraphs missing. So I would have given Don Giussani's work 4 or 5 stars, but the edition itself isn't the best.
A great book to enter into an understanding of the Church!  Dec 2, 2005
This book explains that the Church is a life - not a place where people follow a bunch of old rules. Giussani brilliantly explains what constitutes this church, what its mission is, what it claims to be, and what it is not. A great book to enter into an understanding of what the Catholic Church really is, from someone on the inside of this life. If you are not a believer I would venture to say it would make you curious about this phenomenon that was started 2000 years ago by a carpenter's son from Nazareth. If already a believer, I think that it will educate you to a deeper understanding of what it is and expel some notions about it that are false. An indispensable book for any Catholic or any person who really wants to know what the church claims to be in history.
What the Church is and What the Church is Not  Apr 17, 2001
In an age in which the perception of Catholic Christianity tends to be marred by ideological bias, it is refreshing to see a book that explicates the existence of the Church as the continuation of the presence of Jesus Christ in history. Giussani's goal makes clear that it is possible to have a concrete, historical relationship with Christ--not as a figure of our imagination or a product of wishful thinking (we know that would be as flawed as we ourselves are) but as God who is present and still acts through the Holy Spirit's use of men and women who are both saints and sinners. Giussani clarifies how it is that our individual temperaments and personalities can remain vehicles for the divine in time and space, and how throughout the history of revelation, those chosen to carry out God's plan in history, beginning with Abraham, Moses, David, were not perfect, but rather, were human beings as prone to weakness as we ourselves are. Nevertheless, this is only a part of the book's thesis. The entire work itself is a fitting and complete elucidation of Giussani's thought, beginning with "The Religious Sense" and continuing with "At the Origin of the Christian Claim." This is an author who brings the newness of his personal charism to truths that are eternal, and the mix of these two aspects of his work are both thrilling and life-giving.

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