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A Testimonial to Grace: and Reflections on a Theological Journey Anniversary Edition
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Young Avery left Choate a confessed atheist and esthete. During a freshman year spent by preference in Boston and Cambridge bars more than in classrooms, Dulles and some friends engaged in a prank which saw all but himself expelled from Harvard. Sobered, he settled into serious study and as a sophomore and junior absorbed first Aristotle, then Plato.
Professor Paul Rice Doolin, a convert to Roman Catholicism, was Dulles's tutor for eight months, immersing him in 17th and 18th Century French thinkers and bringing him to the brink of his first religious conversion, not to revealed Christianity but to philosophical theism: that is, belief that behind the order in nature there is an intelligence, a will, in short, a person. Two years later Avery Dulles became a Roman Catholic.
Dulles's philosophical journey from atheism to theism is the subject of the first ("The Human Search") of three chapters in the 50th Anniversary Edition of A TESTIMONIAL TO GRACE (1946), fleshed out in 1996 with AND REFLECTIONS ON A THEOLOGICAL JOURNEY.
Chapter Two is "The Divine Answer," in portions an uncharacteristically passionate and even poetic paean to Roman Catholicism. Thanks to God's mysterious providence and grace, Avery Dulles had stumbled into the treasures of Ali Baba's cave. His spiritual wandering was over. The rest of his life would go to unwrapping and cataloging the treasures within Catholicism.Read more ›
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Great early work by one of our greatest 20th century theologians. Wonderful updating.Published 12 months ago by Thomas D.
Wonderful early work by a master theologian regarding his early journey of faith.Published 12 months ago by Thomas D.
a great read for a serious person searching for meaning and purpose in life written by a true intellectual go for itPublished on May 23, 2014 by roger j wittig