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The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty Paperback – February 11, 2014
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The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,” after all, “is so romantic about religion?” Religion seems like the hidebound formal ritualism that has such little appeal nowadays. Add to that the even stranger fact that a Catholic priest has written such a book for a major Protestant publisher (Thomas Nelson), and you have the makings of extremely odd bedfellows.
Yet Fr. Longenecker’s book is a delight to read. With an enjoyable, cavalier style. Longenecker takes us on a journey of myth and belief, illuminating man’s universal desire for the infinite. He skewers the cynics of today and yesterday and reveals how the religious romantic is the real hero, for he is following the only path that is worthwhile, the path toward truth.
Fr. Longenecker channels his inner Chesterton. Every page is filled with clever turns of phrase, alliterations, and puns. Like Chesterton, he turns ideas on their heads to reveal their worth (or worthlessness). Take this incisive section on modern religion:
One of the reasons most modern religion is considered dull and boring is because it is dull and boring. Modern religious people have forgotten that religion is not about being good but about being religious. In other words, religion is about an encounter with another world. It is about reaching for reality. Religious leaders are full of politeness. They have become charming, but they have forgotten how to charm.Read more ›
Taylor Marshall, PhD.
Author of The Crucified Rabbi. President of the New Saint Thomas Institute
God gives us the greatest story ever – one that is actually true. Wielding his linguistic sword, Longenecker appeals to myths, tales, literature, and movies to show the longing in our hearts for goodness, truth, beauty, and justice because they are God given desires. These ultimately point to the greatest truest story of all, displaying the beauty of the gospel – the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He paints a picture showing the cross to be enchanting, delightful, real, and worth fighting for.
Dwight Longenecker is a Catholic priest, but the differences between Protestant and Catholic theologies are not vividly detectable. His explicit understanding of the Gospel shines through toward the latter portion of the book. He presents a defense for the truth of the resurrection and the truth of God’s Word with elegant rationale combined with a passion that moves the reader to take a courageous stand.
I loved this book because it helped me to look at the Bible from a different angle and see just how wild and beautiful God’s story is.Read more ›
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One emotion seldom mentioned when describing the pleasure of reading someone's book is the experience of the author's joy in writing it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gonzalo T. Palacios
An extremely well written essay beautifully defending the important theme of its title.Published 5 months ago by jkenny
This book turns the experience of Faith into an exciting adventure so far removed from the dull understanding of religious adverse contemporaries. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ElsasserSC
Definitely worth reading. Great for people searching for meaning in their lives, and those who lack understanding of how religion is important for the Christian journey.Published 21 months ago by john
I read it several months after I ordered it, so forgot why I ordered it. I found the beginning of the book interesting but confusing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael A. Johnson
This will not be everyone's cup of tea. The alliteration gets a bit heavy at times, and sometimes the author simply tries too hard. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Great Silence
The Romance of Religion, Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty maintains that “to really see something, you have to see something more. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by YosemiteSyd