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December 28, 2004

Arise My Love - William Johnston

Written by a Christian monk living in Japan it is a wise and open-minded look at the influence Asian theology has had on Christianity and more importantly the influence it will have in the next century.
Also very revealing are the guidelines that came out of the Second Vatican Council in relation to Christianity, other religions and science.
The latter part of the 20th century was a time of great spiritual hunger and disatisfaction with the dogma and doctrines of established religion. What has become evident to many involved in Catholic church is the fact that the message of theology cannot be rigid and objective but subjective, taking into consideration the culture and personal situation of the person. The danger of ojective theology presented in a "one way for all" is fundamentalism.

Posted by Priscilla at 02:22 PM | Comments (0)

December 16, 2004

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

This is a very different type of book which describes in vivid detail the activities of the various inhabitants of a London neighborhood during the course of a summer day. I was at first put off by the writing since none of the characters are named but rather referred to in reference to their apartment number, the man in #19, the couple in #21, etc. But I quickly found myself getting very involved with these people in the ordinary struggles of their lives so that I couldn't wait to see what, if anything, would be resolved for them. And all the while knowing that that they are bonded together by a tragic event which is yet to be revealed to me.

The writing is superb providing such exquisite detail that you feel immersed in the story. The surprise ending, foreshadowed at the start of the book, makes you want to go back and re-read the beginning to see things from that perspective again.

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