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Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing In Us Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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– Doris Donnelly, professor of religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland and director Cardinal Suenens Center for Theology & Church Life
About the Author
TOMÁ HALÍK worked as a psychotherapist during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and at the same time was secretly ordained as a Catholic priest and active in the underground church. Since the fall of the regime, he has served as General Secretary to the Czech Conference of Bishops and was an adviser to Václav Havel. He has lectured at many universities throughout the world and is currently a professor of philosophy and sociology at Charles University. His books, which are bestsellers in his own country, have been translated into many languages and have received several literary prizes.
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What good could come from a theologian living in the `most atheistic country' in the world? Readers expecting to learn "how to be saved" will be disappointed in this work. However, those who search for some meaning in the seemingly senseless world can be enriched by Halik's ideas as they journey on `the road less traveled.' The author has found his vocation in serving those on the "outside," rather than comfortable believers.
Just as Jesus Christ did not come to serve the healthy, but rather, the sick, so Father Halik aims not to increase the righteous, but to give these outsiders an understanding of genuine faith-- offering not easy certainties, but helps in living a mystery.Read more ›
In his new book Patience with God, Thomas Halík argues that the atheist is blessed in his solidarity with Christ. Rather than crushing him with fine crafted arguments in favor of God's existence, the atheist stands in the same pilgrimage of faith. She simply needs more patience with the periods of God's hiddenness. Instead of an enemy of faith, he is the prophetic voice of protest against a world gone mad, a God who is absent, and a world of violence and shame. She gives voice to the secret doubts of the faithful soul. Rather than eradicate the disease that is atheism, the person of faith, the person of the Church, is obligated to stand in solidarity with the sufferings of the impatient atheist. It is in this moment of solidarity that the faithful approach God's own kenotic (self-emptying; see Phil. 2) activity.
I for one have found the atheistic/theistic debates tiring. From a purely rationalistic/apologetic standpoint I haven't found either position particularly fruitful, helpful, or even overly convincing. At the end of the day, both the atheist and theist have his or her reason for believing what they do. While not airtight, most arguments have their plausibility, internal consistency, and external weaknesses.Read more ›
I have read the book "Patience with God" it in its original Czech version.
As far as I am concerned the book is a unique collection of essays written by a notable and very influential catholic priest and philosopher. He examines the guiding principles of Christianity with the solutions for common everyday problems.
In our hard times the book of Tomas Halik is valuable especially for those who are searching for a constructive approach, to people of different attitude towards Christianity and especially to those who resolutely or reluctantly deny the existence of the highest power - the God. Like Zacchaeus.
P.S. The author, Tomas Halik has a web site...in English, too. See [...]
The subtitle, the first chapter and the final two chapters invite the reader to ponder Zacchaeus as a unifying story for the entire work, but the wrapper fails to contain the chapters in between. Stemming from a story shared in the introduction, Zacchaeus was the starting hook, and probably kept as a nod to the American religious marketplace, but the real book bursts through in between.
The chapters in the middle are great meditations on what a mature faith is, what it looks like and how it is formed. They are a mature answer to the shallow atheism and the shallow Christianity that seem to have overtaken the West. Foremost in Halik's meditation are that both shallows are impatient. To the God marketed by American Evangelicalism, "God is not so readily available(p19)." To the atheist, that existential feeling of nothing, was already found in God's tomb of Holy Saturday (p43). The mature faith has patience with God; patience to wait for a deeper understanding, patience to wait for Easter morning.
Being catholic, St. Therese must appear, but the author slips the trite by connecting the little way with Luther's anfechtung. Also contained are a poignant reflection on St. Paul's image of the church as a body and the longing to see that body actually care about its members.Read more ›
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I reread this book at least twice a year. Every time something new. For those who struggle with what appears to be cock-sure certainty in so many fellow Christians, this book is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BHG
Surprisingly, it displays a very protestant point of view from a Catholic priest, and forces you to think about evangelism in a different way and from the different perspective. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Giedrius Rimša
Halik's empathy with the search of atheists is a good lead into his refreshing search for the meaning of Zachaeus in modern times. The book was spiritually energizing.Published 20 months ago by William J. Fitzgerald
Halik challenges Christians to look more deeply into the way they believe and in so doing see the world and those seekers with the eyes of hospitality and compassion. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bevo in the nw
First read of Fr. Halik. Enjoying his lived experience of evangelization. Especially in light of P. Francis' challenge to go to the margins to proclaim the Good News. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by MNPadre
This is an excellent story that rings true and brings understanding to our spirital journeys. I highly recommend it to my friendsPublished on February 25, 2013 by Jacqueline Provencher
As someone who has always felt alienated from the Christian faith he grew up in, this book was both troubling and comforting to me. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Charles Schneeflock
its the most thoughtful, graceful, and legitimate discussion of atheism that i've ever heard come out of the Christian camp. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by tae hyun