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The Assurance of Things Hoped For: A Theology of Christian Faith [Paperback]

By Avery Dulles S.J. (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.19" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 13, 1997
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195109732  
EAN  9780195109733  

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Faith, since the earliest Christian theologians, has been regarded as the fundamental Christian virtue--the prerequisite for hope, charity, and good works. In this book, Avery Dulles examines the biblical foundations and history of theological reflection on faith, from the Greek and Latin
fathers to such modern giants as Tillich, Rahner, and Lonergan. Further, Dulles presents his own systematic synthesis, reflecting on such topics as the nature and object of faith; the certitude of faith; the birth, growth, and loss of faith; and faith and salvation. The result is a refreshingly
relevant theology of faith for our day.

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Light-years Beyond Hahn  Jun 5, 2008
Faith, Dulles states, "gives meaning and purpose to human life, overcoming aimlessness, boredom, and the sense of futility" (p 278). Sadly, the most vocal and prolific writers are not always the most careful with theology. In struggling with and learning about faith and theology, I found Scott Hahn too heavily influenced by evangelical Protestantism. His brand of scriptural literalism and absolutism lacks comfort with ambiguity. In contrast, a prominent theologian, Avery Dulles wrote the poetic "The Assurance for Things Hoped For: A Theology of Christian Faith." Thus far, it's the best examination of theology I've come across, an overview of historic Protestant and Catholic theology; heads and shoulders above Hahn, beyond comparison. The Pope warned against too literal an interpretation of temporal and spacial limitations in the gospels, especially Revelation. There is a complacency and self-satisfaction with Hahn and his group at Steubenville that avoids gray areas. The journey of faith should have the strength and muscle to ask and face tough questions, because life is not always easy, nor trite.

Just as there is a cacophony of horrible music at many a mass, strident bongo drums and guitars banging away, there is also a body of bad popular theology published for the masses. Thankfully, Dulles differentiates between apologists and their hyper-focus on beliefs and dogma, and the real study of faith. In this light, I also recommend "The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology," edited by Timothy Ware, and Father Thomas Keating's "The Mystery of Christ: The Liturgy as Spiritual Experience," which is the best and last in a trilogy, following the liturgical year (the earlier books in the series veer off into New Age stuff). Dulles reminds us, faith is provisional, "Even the divine mystery is inexhaustible, so that no finite mind can ever be capable of comprehensively knowing it, the saints in heaven will pass beyond that deficient mode of knowledge which, in humanity's present state of pilgrimage, goes by the name of faith" (p 281).

Words and writing illuminate, but the day to day experience is the challenge, and where we need to find faith, hope, and love. As an Irish priest said, "No complaining. If you fall in a bog, say 'Thanks be to God.'" It is easy to get misdirected, and/or pulled along in another's fervor. In contrast to secular challenges, Dulles provides a quiet, erudite history of theology, which can help you on your personal journey of faith. Beliefs can get bogged down in words and dogma, but real faith, such as Dulles examines, is precious.
A Theological Tour de Force  Jun 20, 2001
It's no wonder that this unassuming gentle man has been rewarded by the RC church with the title of Cardinal. Right from it's very title this easy to read volume covers practically all of the nuances of the famous and infamous exegetes of history. His final chapter of what faith really is, is particularly inspired. For anyone who loves to read about or study theology, this book is indeed a treasure which you will keep and use for a long time to come.

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