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A Testimonial to Grace: and Reflections on a Theological Journey Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1556129049 ISBN-10: 1556129041 Edition: Anniversary

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  • Hardcover: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward; Anniversary edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556129041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556129049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Father Avery Dulles,S.J., has once again demonstrated his intellectual acuity and literary talent with the augmentation of his autobiographical account, "A Testimonial to Grace," which, in its updated form, with its 47 supplementary post-conversion account pages, has been subtitled "Reflections on a Theological Journey." Originally penned in 1946, Fr. Dulles's impressive autobiography,imbued with his trademark erudition, traces the evolution of his philosophy from his early days at Harvard University, where he encountered many thinkers to whose influence he acknowledges a debt, through his Jesuit training years and,ultimately, his work in fields such as ecclesiology and ecumenism in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.Interspersed throughout are unique anecdotes of episodes in Fr. Dulles's illustrious academic and professorial careers involving such luminaries as John Courtney Murray,S.J., and Gustave Weigel,S.J. Fr. Avery Dulles's autobiography will serve as an inspiration to Catholics and non-Catholics alike,interested in the reality of God's ineffable grace and its operation in the human soul by the will of God.It is to this mysterious reality that Dulles wisely attributes his conversion to Christ and His Church, reminding us once again that grace must be freely accepted by everyone who would come into union with God, be he extraordinarily learned or not. Fr. Dulles has indeed performed a great service to us laymen in reminding us of the eternally precious gift of grace, to which his life has indeed been a testimonial.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough VINE VOICE on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Grandson of a Presbyterian minister, Avery Dulles (1918 - ) followed neither his father John Foster (Secretary of State) nor his uncle Allen Welsh (Director of Central Intelligence) into undergraduate study at Princeton. In 1936, fresh from Choate, Avery enrolled instead at Harvard.

Young Avery left Choate a confessed atheist and esthete. During a freshman year spent by preference in Boston and Cambridge bars more than in classrooms, Dulles and some friends engaged in a prank which saw all but himself expelled from Harvard. Sobered, he settled into serious study and as a sophomore and junior absorbed first Aristotle, then Plato.

Professor Paul Rice Doolin, a convert to Roman Catholicism, was Dulles's tutor for eight months, immersing him in 17th and 18th Century French thinkers and bringing him to the brink of his first religious conversion, not to revealed Christianity but to philosophical theism: that is, belief that behind the order in nature there is an intelligence, a will, in short, a person. Two years later Avery Dulles became a Roman Catholic.

Dulles's philosophical journey from atheism to theism is the subject of the first ("The Human Search") of three chapters in the 50th Anniversary Edition of A TESTIMONIAL TO GRACE (1946), fleshed out in 1996 with AND REFLECTIONS ON A THEOLOGICAL JOURNEY.

Chapter Two is "The Divine Answer," in portions an uncharacteristically passionate and even poetic paean to Roman Catholicism. Thanks to God's mysterious providence and grace, Avery Dulles had stumbled into the treasures of Ali Baba's cave. His spiritual wandering was over. The rest of his life would go to unwrapping and cataloging the treasures within Catholicism.
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Cardinal Avery Dulles' A Testimonial to Grace is a marvelous, well written and succinct spiritual autobiography of his conversion to the Catholic Church. The book traces point by point the philosophical and theological arguments he wrestled with which collectively brought him from atheism to Catholicism. It would be recommend most especially to those interested in the philosophical disputes between theists and atheists and the theological disputes between Catholics and Protestants, but noting that the treatment of these arguments are broadly presented rather than scrupulously explained. In this sense it serves as a brief, though significant and staunch, survey and defense of Catholicism. The book is quotable and written in a lucid prose that should be accessible to even the high school student or those not trained in philosophy or theology.
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By EW on April 23, 2013
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Many of Cardinal Dulles's writings are VERY scholarly. This one is very human. It tells beautifully of his journey of faith.
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By Stephanie A. Bell on April 22, 2013
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This book is excellent. As I am also a convert to Catholicism, I am always interested in other people's motivation to convert. This seller, also, is wonderful to deal with: prompt service and rapid delivery. All in all, a great experience.
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