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Why the Church? - Luigi Giussani

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9780773517073
Number Of Pages: 288

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From its beginnings, the Church has presented itself as a human phenomenon that carries the divine within it. As a social fact, its reality given form by men and women, the Church has always affirmed that its existence surpasses the human reality of its components and that it stands as the continuation of the event of Christ's entry into human history. "Why the Church?", the final volume in McGill-Queen's University Press's trilogy of Luigi Giussani's writings, explores the Church's definition as both human and divine and evaluates the truth of this claim. Giussani begins by focusing on the Church as a community composed of people who are aware of themselves as defined by the gift of the Spirit, from which they derive a new conception of existence, the fruit of conversion. He then describes the Church's developing self-awareness of its dual elements of the human and divine. Concerned with verifying the Church's claim to embody Christ, Giussani situates the locus of verification in human experience, arguing that a different type of life is born in those who try to live the life of the Church. "Why the Church?" is a seminal study that should engage both the scholar and the general reader.

Prefacep. ix
The Claim Continues
How to Enter into an Understanding of the Churchp. 5
A Fundamental Presuppositionp. 5
Being in Tune With the Phenomenonp. 5
Training the Focus on the Originality of Christianityp. 7
The Heart of the Church Problemp. 8
The First Premise: How to Attain Certainty about the Fact of Christ Todayp. 10
The Rationalistic Attitudep. 11
An Inner Enlightenmentp. 17
The Orthodox-Catholic Viewp. 20
A Gaze That Values the Other Positionsp. 23
The Second Premise: The Contemporary Difficulty in Understanding the Meaning of Christian Wordsp. 27
Becoming Aware of a Difficultyp. 27
The Middle Ages from the Point of View of Disseminating a Mentalityp. 28
Humanism From the Point of View of the Disarticulation of a Mentalityp. 32
The Renaissance: A View of Nature as the Ultimate Source of Human Energyp. 39
Rationalism: The Difficulty of Man Conceived in the Abstractp. 47
The Common Denominator of the Three Factorsp. 51
Conclusionp. 59
The Constituent Factors of the Christian Phenomenon in History
The Continuity of Jesus Christ: Root of the Church's Self-Awarenessp. 65
The Path We Will Followp. 65
The Link with Jesus Christp. 66
The Three Constituent Factorsp. 72
The Reality of a Sociologically Identifiable Communityp. 72
The Community Invested by a "Strength from on High"p. 87
A New Type of Lifep. 95
Conclusionp. 112
The Effective Sign of the Divine in History
Introductionp. 117
The Church's Self-Definition
The Human Factorp. 123
Through Human Realityp. 124
Implicationsp. 128
A Mission of the Church: Towards Earthly Manp. 147
The Definitive Word on Man and Historyp. 148
A Continuous Reminderp. 149
The Best Position for Facing Human Problemsp. 153
The Problems of Manp. 154
The Church's Task is Not to Resolve Human Problemsp. 155
Facilitating Aspects of a Truly Lived Freedomp. 157
The Work of Every Manp. 157
Religiosity Will Never Be Wholly Lived in Historyp. 159
The Christian's Moral Tensionp. 160
The Divine in the Churchp. 163
The Self-Communication of Truth: Community, Tradition, Magisteriump. 164
The Self-Communication of a Divine Realityp. 179
Verifying the Presence of the Divine in the Life of the Church
The Locus of Verification: Human Experiencep. 203
What the Church Demands as the Criterion of Judgmentp. 204
On the Use of a Criterion of Judgment in Its Utmost Expressionp. 206
Openness of Heartp. 207
"The Tree Can Be Told by Its Fruit"p. 210
Unityp. 211
Holinessp. 219
Catholicityp. 226
Apostolicityp. 230
Conclusionp. 233
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780773517073
ISBN-10: 0773517073
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43