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The Gospel and the church (Lives of Jesus series) Paperback – 1976


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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Series: Lives of Jesus series
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800612744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800612740
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,223,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Alfred Loisy (1857-1940) was a French Roman Catholic priest, professor and theologian, who was perhaps the leading exponent of "Modernism" in the Catholic Church. Ultimately, he was dismissed as a professor from the Institut Catholique de Paris, his books were condemned by the Vatican, and he was excommunicated. (But of course, that simply whets our appetite even MORE to read what he wrote, eh?) He then taught the history of religion at the College de France until his retirement in 1931.

Loisy wrote this book in 1902, and it contains his most famous statement, "Jesus foretold the kingdom, and it was the church that came; she came, enlarging the form of the gospel, which it was impossible to preserve as it was, as soon as the Passion closed the ministry of Jesus."

Loisy's disputes with the Catholic Church don't mean that he had Protestant sympathies, however; he wrote, "Jesus was the first to give his disciples a formula of prayer; He observed the practices of Jewish worship; He never recommended to His followers a worship without external forms, and never intended to establish such a worship." He also concludes, "every advance is explained by a necessity of fact ... so that the historian cannot say that the total extent of the movement is outside of the gospel. The fact is, it proceeds from it and continues it."

This historically-significant book remains of interest to those interested in the life of Jesus, the Catholic Church, Catholic theology, and Modernism.
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