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At the Origin of the Christian Claim Paperback – April 24, 1998
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Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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But those who first heard the claims of Christ did not have the privilege of standing back and looking at a completed picture. And so the question arises... What was it about this man Jesus that caused those who spent the most time with him, to come to the conclusion that he was the Son of God? Exactly how radical of a position was this for them to hold? In turn, how radical is it for us?
This is what Giussani's book is all about. He shows that "in Christianity it is no longer the person who seeks to know the mystery but the mystery that makes himself known by entering history." It is a profound study of the process of Christ's self-revelation. In this process, Christ constantly appealed to men's understanding. We learn that the faith that Christ asks of us is not opposed to reason, and the "reason" that Christ intends for us to enjoy, does not preclude faith.
I followed along in my own Bible as I read, and I would encourage all other readers to do the same. You will gain new insights. I especially appreciated the fact that in Giussani's interpretive method, he thoroughly sticks to a crucial exegetical rule which states: Scripture cannot mean to us today, what it could not possibly have meant to its original hearers!Read more ›
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who questions the reasonableness of the Christian claim: that God walked among us as one of us, and is present even now. Giussani's understanding of the Gospels is amazing - though I've read the Bible my whole life I've never understood them as he explains - yet his explanation is the most complete and human that I've found. Furthermore, he satisfies intelligence's need for the Christian claim to be rational - since Christ entering human history is a *fact*, not a product of our imagination. (It's impossible to be fulfilled in life if we live according to fantasy!) So either this fact happened or it didn't. How can I verify this claim? What does are the implications for my life now? Giussani's love for Christ and each individual shines in the answers he gives to these questions in this incredible book.
One suspects that a more fluid translation would improve matters greatly.
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This book is so good. Read it with a School of community and you will be changed. Lead forward and attracted by Christ who walks with us still today!Published on May 3, 2014 by Carol Christensen
FOR THOSE SERIOUS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY THIS PROVIDES FOR YOU A REFLECTIVE AND THOUGHTFUL ANALYSIS WHICH IS ALSO SPIRITUALLY INSPIRATIONAL AND ENCOURAGING.Published on March 19, 2014 by REV. PAUL A. CANNARIATO
This is one book that everyone ought to read. It gives answers to the deepest questions we have on our heartsPublished on July 19, 2012 by aryas
We have enjoyed this beautiful and insightful book. Fr. Guissani never ceases to amaze me at how our human condition, faith, belief, and life correlate into something so... Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Maureen