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Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality Paperback – November 15, 2007
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This little parable is a nice encapsulation of what Rohr has to say about the spirit of scripture. For Rohr, following Rene Girard (whose influence, along with Nouwen's, is all over this book), the bible is a "text in travail," a fluid, living document that is often times messy and meandering, taking one step forward and two steps back. That's why it's important, insists Rohr, to be clear about the bible's trajectory and momentum, so that we won't get lost down a sidetrack and take the inessential as vital (the fundamentalist failing). The trajectory is the working out of the human recognition of God as a loving, nurturing parent who exhibits mercy, grace, faithfulness, forgiveness, and steadfast love; of recognition of ourselves as originally blessed, made in the image of a loving God and hence intrinsically lovable ourselves; and recognition that the bible encourages awakening, remembering, rather than accomplishing. (It's fascinating to reflect on the fact that the Greek word for truth used in the New Testament--aletheia--can be translated as "unforgetting.")
Readers familiar with Rohr's work won't necessarily find a great deal to surprise them in this lovely and wise book.Read more ›
Franciscan prophet and teacher Richard Rohr is a mystic rather than a systematic theologian: indeed he believes `systematizing' theology runs the risk of doing it violence and missing the point: theology is to be experienced in a life of faith, hope and love, not organized into creeds.
Is he `evangelical'? I would say `yes' though he doesn't use the term of himself: he has an unqualified commitment to Jesus as Lord and God's special revelation of God's character. Is he `progressive'? Yes: for example he likes Marcus Borg and reads the mainline liberal biblical scholars. Is he a dogmatist/ fundamentalist? Definitely not: any exclusionary system which divides humans made in God's image into `our people' and `those [heretics] not like us' is alien to the will of God as experienced in the life and teaching of Jesus.
He writes in the Introduction: `Only when inner and outer authority come together do we have true spiritual wisdom. We have for too long insisted on outer authority alone, without any teaching of prayer, inner journey and maturing consciousness. The results for the world and for religion have been disastrous... I offer these reflections to again unite what should never have been separated: sacred Scripture and Christian spirituality.'
He quotes Eugene Ionesco with approval: `Overexplanation separates us from astonishment.' Example: the humble recipient of God's love in the Eucharist/communion, who gazes at Christ on the cross with awe and wonder and love, is far more likely to `get the point' than a theologian who organizes dogma into theories of the atonement.Read more ›
In the Bible, writes Rohr, any time God or an angel breaks into human life, the event is prefaced by "Do not be afraid." God's entering the scene was considered bad news. "Even today most feel that God's love and attention must be earned and then we deeply resent the process." The earliest Hebrews saw God as punitive and petty, demanding of blood sacrifices. By the time of Abraham the sacrificial instinct "matured a bit," Rohr tells us, and animals became the sacrifice of choice "to please this fearsome God." When we get to the Risen Jesus, there is nothing to be afraid of in God.
The author uses numerous examples to show the gradual enlightenment. Of the Adam and Eve story, he suggests that seeking knowledge may seem more like virtue than sin. However, it isn't knowledge that God is trying to keep us from, but "lust for certitude, explanation, resolution and answers." He sees Noah's Ark as an image of how God liberates us, embodying "the contradictions, the opposites, the tensions and the paradoxes of humanity." And in Mary, he finds God's total gift of grace. She asks how the angel's proposition will come about without wondering why she is chosen or protesting her unworthiness "It takes all of the Bible to work up to one perfect vessel that knows how to say an unquestioning yes to an utterly free gift."
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Absolutely inspiring. One of the great works of Richard RohrPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't believe that you can go wrong with a Father Richard Rohr book & this one ranks as one of his best. I enjoy each of them & I'm not even Christian, much less Catholic.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. This was a very interesting and enlightening book. For me, it was a little difficult to follow at times. Not sure if it was Rohr's writing or my understanding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. K.
Inspiring and challenging. Brings Scripture and the spiritual quest together.Published 5 months ago by Sister Barbara Breaud
Excellent. Easy to read, strongly based in Sacred Scripture. Provides a challenge to those who read and pray it reflectively. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bruce J Lery
Wonderful book, easy to read and full of Biblical references.Published 6 months ago by T. C. Macmichael