Early Letters: At the Origins of a New Spirituality

New City Press
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Chiara Lubich is now being called a great Catholic mystic of our times. In these letters we encounter the mystical charism of unity given to Chiara, the unity that Jesus asked for us from his Father: May they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me (Jn 17: 22-23). Chiara invites her readers to believe in Love -- to convert to Love. Her words are full of fervor, but also simplicity and practical common sense.
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An internationally known religious leader and writer, Italian-born Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was described by the "New York Times" as one of the most influential women in the Catholic Church. She was president of the Focolare Movement, and her work has been recognized by universities, agencies, foundations, nations, states, and municipalities including 15 honorary doctorates, numerous civic awards, the Templeton Prize for Progress of Religion and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She has published over 50 books in 29 languages, with more than one million copies sold.

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New City Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
147
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ISBN
9781565484320
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Language
English
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Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Institutions & Organizations
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Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

Using the texts of the New Testament, Yoder critically examines the traditional portrait of Jesus as an apolitical figure and attempts to clarify the true impact of Jesus' life, work, and teachings on his disciples' social behavior.

The book first surveys the multiple ways the image of an apolitical Jesus has been propagated, then canvasses the Gospel narrative to reveal how Jesus is rightly portrayed as a thinker and leader immediately concerned with the agenda of politics and the related issues of power, status, and right relations. Selected passages from the epistles corroborate a Savior deeply concerned with social, political, and moral issues.

In this thorough revision of his acclaimed 1972 text, Yoder provides updated interaction with publications touching on this subject. Following most of the chapters are new "epilogues" that summarize research conducted during the last two decades -- research that continues to support the insights set forth in Yoder's original work.

Currently a standard in many college and seminary ethics courses, The Politics of Jesus is also an excellent resource for the general reader desiring to understand Christ's response to the world of politics and his will for those who would follow him.
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