G.K. Chesterton once said that Catholicism keeps its beliefs "side by side like two strong colors, red and white...It has always had a healthy hatred of pink."
Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries--grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul in a way that the full energy of each opposing element remains in place.
In Vibrant Paradoxes, bestselling author Bishop Robert Barron brings together themes and motifs that many would consider mutually exclusive or, at best, awkward in their juxtaposition. But seen through the Incarnation, these opposites crash together and reflect new light in every direction. This book will train you to see.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I first began studying theology (I am a systematic theologian) my major professor talked about learning to think and see in terms of paradox. Christianity had been done for a very long time in a different key, a Greek one. Greek thought never dealt well with paradox; instead it saw things in terms of thesis, antithesis and then a synthesis which was often a "golden mean" or compromise. Semitic thought differed and saw things more paradoxically --- a kind of both/and pushed to a radical conclusion. We see that all through Christianity and Christian Theology: God's strength perfected in weakness, Divine holiness most exhaustively revealed in a human life, a justice perfected in mercy, a God who is One as three, the beatitudes with richness in poverty, consolation in grief, etc,
All too often heresy is precisely the failure to adequately honor the paradox at the heart of a Christian truth --- the failure to hold two apparently opposing realities together in a...
An excellent book by a distinguished Catholic author. Robert Barron has once again made Catholic theology accessible to anyone who is interested in what the Church teaches and believes. A welcome antidote to the Fundamentalism and Gnosticism that plagues rational discussion about faith and reason in America. And much fun to read!
Like all of the writings of Bishop Barron, I enjoyed this book immensely. He has an enormous love for God and the Catholic church. He has a great way of expressing the teachings of the church in a joyful way.
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