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
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.
Yes! This is excellent! If you have never understood Paul, or even what Christianity is really all about, this is for you!
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The narrator because he does a great job presenting Paul's mind
The personal enthusiasm and care taken to ensure that Paul is not misinterpreted.
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.
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.
Because its a mind opener. If you were like me you were raised on fear, and narrow minded Christian views that were both judgemental and quite literally childish.What a relief to listen to this. Blew me away, made me believe not only in the man Paul but helped me understand Jesus and the Christ in a way which made sense to my thinking, feeling and processing mind. I feel like Rohr's telling of Pauls transformational story allows us all a context in which to understand our spiritual unfolding and the dilemmas we face. I have fallen in love with the Jesus story, and will never see the crucifixion in the same light again. Wow :-)
I have listened to a lot of Rohrs work. This is my favourite. I have been asking myself why. I dont yet have a firm answer. But I think you can hear Rohr's own passion burn through as he "defends" Paul and reveals a story and perspective that is alive and at once speaks to our modern struggles.
I certainly got to bed a bit to late on quite a few nights because I just wanted a little bit more and a little bit more.
I hope this gives folk the huge reframe that it has given my own struggles that life brings
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.
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