Letters from Lake Como

Explorations in Technology and the Human Race


Author: Romano Guardini

Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Category: Religion

Page: 115

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"This book collects a fascinating series of letters written by theologian-philosopher Romano Guardini in the mid-1920s in which he works out for the first time his sense of the challenges of humanity in a culture increasingly dominated by the machine. With prophetic clarity and unsettling farsightedness, Guardini's letters poignantly capture the personal implications and social challenges of living in the technological age - concerns that have now come to fruition seventy years after they were first raised."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Letters from Europe

Comprising the Journal of a Tour Through Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Switzerland in the Years 1825, '26, and '27


Author: Nathaniel Hazeltine Carter

Publisher: N.A


Category: Europe

Page: N.A

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A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision

Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World


Author: Matthew T. Eggemeier

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680925

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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The sacramental and prophetic traditions of Christian spirituality, suggests Matthew Eggemeier, possess critical resources for responding to the contemporary social crises of widespread ecological degradation and the innocent suffering of the crucified poor. In A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision, Eggemeier maintains that the vital key for cultivating these traditions in the present is to situate these spiritualities in the context of spiritual exercises or ascetical practices that enable Christians to live more deeply in the presence of God (coram Deo) and in turn to make this presence visible in a suffering world.

The Crisis of Global Capitalism

Pope Benedict XVI's Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy


Author: Adrian Pabst

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 0227680162

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

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The current economic crisis stems from a deeper crisis of cultural imagination and civilisational ethics: here is the starting point of this collection of essays which draw a new political economy facing the crisis of Western civilization. This book gathers together a range of audacious and provocative readings of Caritas in Veritate, the first papal encyclical that addresses issues immediately relevant for politic, economic, and social theory. These readings embody the kind of fruitful dialogue Pope Benedict XVI wanted to generate with his radical discourse for an alternative political economy.

J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth

Understanding Middle-earth


Author: Bradley J. Birzer

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497648912

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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Since the appearance of The Lord of the Rings in 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien’s works have always sold briskly, appealing to a wide and diverse audience of intellectuals, religious believers, fantasy enthusiasts, and science fiction aficionados. Now, Peter Jackson’s film version of Tolkien’s trilogy—with its accompanying Rings-related paraphernalia and publicity—is playing a unique role in the dissemination of Tolkien’s imaginative creation to the masses. Yet, for most readers and viewers, the underlying meaning of Middle-earth has remained obscure. Bradley Birzer has remedied that with this fresh study. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, Birzer explains the surprisingly specific religious symbolism that permeates Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He also explores the social and political views that motivated the Oxford don, ultimately situating Tolkien within the Christian humanist tradition represented by Thomas More and T. S. Eliot, Dante and C. S. Lewis. Birzer argues that through the genre of myth Tolkien created a world that is essentially truer than the one we think we see around us every day, a world that transcends the colorless disenchantment of our postmodern age. “A small knowledge of history,” Tolkien once wrote, “depresses one with the sense of the everlasting weight of human iniquity.” As Birzer demonstrates, Tolkien’s recognition of evil became mythologically manifest in the guise of Ringwraiths, Orcs, Sauron, and other dark beings. But Tolkien was ultimately optimistic: even weak, bumbling hobbits and humans, as long as they cling to the Good, can finally prevail. Bradley Birzer has performed a great service in elucidating Tolkien’s powerful moral vision.

Fundamental Speeches from Five Decades


Author: Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI),Pope Benedict XVI

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1586173030

Category: Religion

Page: 261

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Collects speeches delivered by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger between 1963 and 2004, arranged thematically on the subjects of the creed, the church, Christian faith, and tributes.