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Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation | [Richard Rohr]

Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation

In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.
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In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.

Deep and complex, Paul may seem to be full of inconsistencies: arrogant but also humble, a fervent believer but a probing, critical thinker, a mystic but also a missionary community builder. Rohr admits the difficulties in understanding the short excerpts of Paul’s letters read at Sunday Mass. He analyzes the letters and explains the great themes. He challenges our usual understandings and invites us to imitate Paul and enter into the mystery in organic solidarity with the Risen Christ. Rohr sees us as partaking in the incredible transformation of the whole cosmos that struggles with the pattern of descent and ascent that is revealed and affirmed in Jesus.

©2002 Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (P)2002 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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    Robert Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-28-13
    Robert Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    Saint Paul has always been my favourite writer, since I first started to have favourite writers. Paul evangelized me both for literature and religion. What he writes is so eloquent, and so psychologically penetrating, it must be true in some sense. The author of the present book, Richard Rohr, talks about Paul's spirituality as one of inner transformation and growth. Between them, Paul and Jesus created the human individual as a unit of worth in mankind's evaluation of things. Rohr is gentle and passionate in the extreme, and teaches us many insights of wisdom and deep religious principles. His book is sure to give you new ways to understand your faith and the marvellous truths of theology.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank F. Baugh Franklin, TN United States 07-23-12
    Frank F. Baugh Franklin, TN United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This is excellent! If you have never understood Paul, or even what Christianity is really all about, this is for you!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ani Australia 03-07-12
    Ani Australia 03-07-12
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    "Wonderful"

    Richard Rohr has a way of expressing what the heart knows is true! I'll definitely listen to more of his lectures.

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    Joshua 05-28-15
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    An excellent explanation of Paul and his work. Unfortunately we as the church continually read him out of his context and time.

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    James 12-30-14
    James 12-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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    "Explains Paul's ideas very well."
    Where does Great Themes of Paul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator because he does a great job presenting Paul's mind


    What does Richard Rohr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personal enthusiasm and care taken to ensure that Paul is not misinterpreted.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The intelligent explanation of sin, based on Paul's teaching: that sin, is not an act that provokes God's punishment but rather an action that does not acknowledge reality, and ultimately just does not work out.


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Rohr's presentation of Paul is remarkable. After hearing this book: I appreciated Paul's message (that the world is a church), I learned that Paul was not one of the 12 apostles, that Paul traveled to Corinth and that he spoke Greek and Hebrew. I did have some difficulty with the concept of Jesus and the author's occasional reference to the inappropriateness of worrying about tomorrow. Finally, it's amazing to hear that Paul believed that we are all basically gods, except that we s*#@t. Richard Rohr provides a religious explanation of a church saint for intelligent people.

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    Amazon Customer EastBay CA 03-10-13
    Amazon Customer EastBay CA 03-10-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting, but only semi-biblical."

    Well, I will say he is an interesting writer and great speaker. He does have some interesting speculation, but personally I think there's a little bit too much of that and it trends into unbiblical territory.

    Worth a listen if you're a solid Christian.
    Listen with a care if you're not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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