THE NATURE OF GOD MINI-COURSE
create a mindset in which our ideas of who and what God is mature
and magnify on a daily basis.
God totally exceeds
the human capacity for definition. That can be so intimidating
that we try to put God in a box, restricting the divine attributes
to those we already know something about and are comfortable with.
But to do that is not only theologically unacceptable, it deprives
us of the "Wow" experiences that come from seeking to deepen and
expand our concept of God, a concept that should be growing and
broadening throughout our entire lifespan.
A four-week course
To Let the Symbol Sing Again By Elizabeth A. Johnson,
C.S.J., and Julia H. Brumbaugh. N0599
One of Christianity's
most challenging beliefs is that of a single God composed of three
distinct persons. Yet, this is where we must begin in formulating
concepts of God. Johnson, a noted theologian, walks us through the
development of this dogma from its biblical roots to its modern
Finding the Face
of God By Virginia Smith. N0898
"In large part, the
Bible focuses on the gradual, groping attempts of the Chosen People
to comprehend and live in relationship to God," writes Smith.
"Like the rest of us, these people struggled to know and understand
that enormously complex being we call God."
From Jesus of Nazareth
to Lord of All By Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. N0498
The Jesus who rose
on Easter morning differed in many ways from the crucified Jesus
who was placed in the tomb on Good Friday. Human Jesus to Cosmic
Christ: Can two such diverse natures coexist? LaVerdiere leads
his readers through mysteries that are central to Christian belief.
Holy Spirit as Paraclete: The Gift of John's Gospel By
Raymond E. Brown, S.S. N0598
The late renowned Scripture
scholar Raymond Brown introduces the Holy Spirit in the role of
Paraclete, which "means 'one called alongside,' particularly one
called to help in a legal situation: a defense attorney." Only
John's Gospel spotlights this specific role which is so important
to our comprehension of the Third Person of the Trinity.
For a six-week
Jesus, the Man
from Nazareth By Elizabeth McNamer. N0198
This issue is an overview
of what scholars tell us about the "historical Jesus." McNamer covers
the key historical events in the life of Jesus and explores the
world he lived inlife in Nazareth, his baptism, the religious
sects of Judaism in the first century, his preaching, his passion
From Spirit to
Holy Spirit in the Old Testament By Leonard Doohan. N0499
Doohan refers to the
Messianic Spirit of God found in the Hebrew Scriptures as "switching
on the power." In this issue, Doohan tells us, "...the major Church
teachings on the Holy Spirit did not come until around the fourth
century....Our task is to go back even further, asking how did the
Chosen People understand the role of the Holy Spirit."