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At the Origin of the Christian Claim - Luigi Giussani

At the Origin of the Christian Claim

Paperback Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780773516274
Number Of Pages: 144

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Luigi Giussani examines Christ's "claim" to identify himself with the mystery that is the ultimate answer to our search for the meaning of existence. Giussani argues that if we accept the hypothesis that the mystery entered the realm of human existence and spoke in human terms, the relationship between the individual and God is no longer based on a moral, imaginative, or aesthetic human effort but instead on coming upon an event in one's life. Thus the religious method is overturned by Christ: in Christianity it is no longer the person who seeks to know the mystery but the mystery that makes himself known by entering history. The argument presented is supported with documentation from the gospels and other theological writings.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
Life and the Religious Factorp. 3
The Dizzying Human Conditionp. 6
Reason in Search of a Solutionp. 9
The Religious Creativity of Manp. 11
Some Attitudes of Religious Constructivenessp. 13
A Spectrum of Hypothesesp. 18
The Need for Revelationp. 21
Some Examplesp. 22
Facing an Unimaginable Claimp. 27
The Enigma as a Fact Within the Human Trajectoryp. 29
A Radical Overturning of the Religious Methodp. 30
No Longer Just an Hypothesisp. 31
A Problem That Must Be Solvedp. 33
A Problem of Factp. 34
How the Problem Arose in Historyp. 36
The Fact as Criterionp. 36
Concerning the Methodp. 40
The Starting Pointp. 43
A Profound Certainty with Timep. 49
The Itinerary of Convictionp. 49
A Question Arises, A Certainty Breaks Forthp. 55
A Case of Moral Certaintyp. 58
The Pedagogy of Christ's Self-Revelationp. 59
The Essentials of the Pedagogy of Christ's Self-Revelationp. 62
For His Sake: The Core of Freedomp. 63
The Moment of Identificationp. 66
The Explicit Declarationp. 70
The First Dawning of Explicitnessp. 72
A Challengep. 73
The Conclusive Declarationp. 76
The Discretion of Freedomp. 78
Christ's Conception of Lifep. 80
A Premise: Education in the Morality Necessary for Understandingp. 80
Human Staturep. 83
Human Existencep. 87
An Awareness Expressed as Askingp. 88
The Law of Lifep. 92
Conclusionp. 97
The Mystery of the Incarnationp. 99
An Extraordinary Historical Realityp. 100
The Terms of this New Realityp. 103
Instinctive Resistancep. 104
Notesp. 109
Subject Indexp. 117
Author Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9780773516274
ISBN-10: 0773516271
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18

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