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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Monsignor Luigi Giussani (1922-2005) was the founder of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation in Italy. His works are available in fifteen languages and include the trilogy The Religious Sense, At the Origin of the Christian Claim, and Why th
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (April 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773516271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773516274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If we live in a time and place of relative religious freedom, we may say that we "believe in Christ" or that we are "Christian" or that "Jesus is our Saviour" without worrying too much about the impact (on ourselves or others) of our statements. We also have the benefit of retrospect, the canon of Scripture, the established creeds... in short, we know the end of the Christian story.
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!
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This is the most important book I've ever read, because it showed me the reasonableness of faith in Christ, and brought Christ to life as a man, (not some ethereal figure that people always talk about in abstract terms or as an easy way out of explaining the meaning of life). Giussani's amazing work exalts both the rationality and the humanity of the Christian position.
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.
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I was incredibly moved by the first book of this trilogy, and suggest to all of my friends to read Religious Sense, but this book is even better. This book identifies the core of the Christian Claim and what is a reasonable position in front of this claim... But more than that, this book helps me identify my personal attraction to Christ. Helps me realize my faith in Christ is much more than a moral code, philosophy, or doctrine...
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Guissani has once again shown himself to be among the greatest living theologians with this vibrant, and robust account of the lives of Jesus Christ and his disciples. An amazingly readable book (it is only 100+ pages) I have read it several times since.
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Giussani seems to wander a bit, and his arguments seem unstructured. So much of this short book didn't seem particularly useful. And then, there are a few pages that were actually gems, so that made it worth the read.

One suspects that a more fluid translation would improve matters greatly.
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Up till now I have read only short parts of the book. In these I have found some glorious sweeping passages which take me straight to God. It is definitely a book to be used for meditation. Don't expect formal logical arguments. Fr. Giussani is attempting to express things well above our normal capacity to understand. Some grounding in existentialist philosophy might prove a help, but certainly not a requirement.
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Don Giussani was friends with Popes John Paul, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis as Cardinal Bergoglio. This is the current book we in the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation are comparing with our experience.
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