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Following "Aquinas and Girard", Alison plumbs the depth of human nature to demonstrate that religious truths are truths we must experience in our own lives. No Catholic writer has created more excitement in recent years than James Alison. His readings of Scripture and his explorations of the great themes of systematic theology have refreshed, moved and astonished readers inside and outside the church. This new book is about religion and violence, God and desire, and the recovery of an authentically Catholic vision of life. It includes a series of brilliant biblical commentaries - including a striking reinterpretation of the parable of the prodigal son - and reflections on the 'terrifying and risky business' of being a gay Catholic. 'I am a priest, but, as far as I can tell, of no juridical standing' and 'a theologian, but I effectively work as a freelancer. This too is an anomaly, since theology is an ecclesial discipline, presupposing structure, collegiality and oversight, so to be a 'freelance theologian' sounds to me very much like a contradiction in terms.' In God, desire and the endgame, Catholicism becomes an earthquake that overturns all our self-understandings and all our pattern of desire.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Befriending the Vacuum; 2. How does Girard affect our reading of the Bible; 3. The Priestly Pattern of Creation; 4. How can we open up Christological and Ecclesiastical Habits?; 5. Wisdom, Vanity and Desire; 6. Love Your Enemy; 7. Discipleship and the Shape of Belonging; 8. Sacrifice Law and the Catholic Faith; 9. The Changes in Tone of the Voice of God; 10. Living the Magnificat; 11. The Pain and the Endgame; 12. Letter to a Young Gay Catholic; 13. Wrath and the Gay Question; 14. God and Desire; 15. Is it ethical to be a Catholic? The gay perspective; 16. Brokeheart Mountain: Reflections on monotheism, idolatry and the kingdom.

About the Author

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author. Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, he currently travels the world as an itinerant preacher, lecturer, and retreat giver. He studied at Oxford University and the Jesuit Theology Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and the United States as well as his native England. He is the author of Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination, The Joy of Being Wrong, Faith Beyond Resentment, On Being Liked and Undergoing God.


'It is as a deeply committed Catholic that Alison unpacks that faith with intelligence and imagination. He can dazzle with his exposition of sacred texts and offers new insights into old dogma.'--Times Literary Supplement 'The benefit of the chapters having been born from spoken lectures is that there is a wonderful directness and immediacy in the delivery of their detail... As a result of this book, I find myself reading scripture in a new way.'--Sanford Lakoff

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