- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; REV ed. edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781882926589
- ISBN-13: 978-1882926589
- ASIN: 1882926587
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the 1950s, one of Guardini's other works, "The Lord", was a favourite read of many young men and women training for religious life around the world. The present Pope Frances was one of those young people. His personal interest took him as far as moving from Argentina to Germany to enter a preliminary PhD. programme that would specifically examine Guardini's work and thought more closely. According to the Pope's authoritative biographer, Austen Iverleigh, (The Great Reformer), it was Guardini's "deep thinking about modernity that fascinated Bergoglio". - the future Pope - and informed his "underlying interest in politics and institutional reform", helping "to shape what ,as cardinal, he would promote as a 'culture of encounter'.
This was a prophetic book I could not put down. Challenging, confronting and hard-hitting, nevertheless, it left me with an affirmed personal sense of direction, in a world now entering its next set of monumental, historical changes.
The book has two parts numbering about 100 pages each. The title of Part 1 is the same as that of the book, and its subtitle quite aptly is “Search for Orientation”. It recounts the three prior epochs of human existence and their respective worldviews, and now the ongoing transition beyond the third one (modernity). Currently, we are in a disruptive transition stage to the fourth epoch, whose eventual outcome is hardly predictable. The highly complementary Part 2 is entitled “Power and Responsibility”, with its subtitle being “Course of Action for the New Age”. It analyzes the interrelated disorders in today’s culture, society, and government, and examines the prospects for human existence in an increasingly coercive realm of human “progress”. The two overriding factors in play are man’s banishment of God from the human arena, and an overarching agenda oriented toward organizing and enforcing a vision of ideal material conditions on earth. Needless to state, the human spirit would thereby be progressively repressed along with any acknowledgement of the Creator. The vision is one of non-human humans living in a non-natural form of Nature.
In the context of now unfolding trends and phenomena, I found this book’s analysis and its rather general and disconcerting projections to be rather compelling, As a non-humanities oriented reader, the insights provided were for me both illuminating and constructive in better comprehending our present age. Moreover, I appreciated the book’s broad scope coupled with brevity in distilling and delivering an impactful message.