Broken Hearts and New Creations: Intimations of a Great Reversal (2010)
Author(s): James Alison
Amazon UK: Broken Hearts and New Creations
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing, Humour, Spirituality, and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Inclusive Christianity, Liberation Theology, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Academics and Catholics
This new book from James Alison has all the brilliance, wit and panache that have made him one of the most influential contemporary Catholic writers. Celebrated for his firm but gentle insistence on facing down current ecclesiastical teaching on homosexuality with the question, ‘Yes, but is it true?’, and his wry observations as the church flails around on gay issues, Alison is also admired and enjoyed for the freshness and verve of his interpretations of scripture, for his dazzling word play and teasing connections, surprises and reversals.
Alison develops the implications for theology and religion of the insights of the French literary critic and philosopher René Girard, which expose the violence hidden at the heart of our culture. He shows how Girard’s concepts of mimetic desire and the scapegoat mechanism both confirm and transform our understanding of Christianity.
“Reading this book leaves me vulnerable (afresh) to God’s love and open to following Christ as His new creation. It is full of wonderful and challenging to be both aware of my failings and called into a new life. Each essay is rich with humour, humanity and wisdom as it challenges our conventional relationship with God and invites us to engage with the ‘I Am’ who loves and forgives us. This is simultaneously charming and profound!” — J. Douglas
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