"It is evident after exploring these heroes' lives and writings that God
remains a Mysterya reality beyond images, descriptions, dogmas and creeds."From
How does a person imagine God? How does that image change as the person matures
spiritually and undergoes a significant religious experience? What influencespolitical,
social, gender, faith traditionshape and change a person's view of God?
In this compelling and inspiring book of biographical theology, Brennan Hill
uses stories and historical and theological sources to tell us how eight modern
religious heroes see God. Hill's religious heroes are diverse: a Hindu (Mahatma
Gandhi), a Jewess who converted to Christianity (Edith Stein), a black Baptist
minister (Martin Luther King, Jr.), a Catholic laywoman (Dorothy Day), a Salvadoran
archbishop (Archbishop Oscar Romero), two Jesuit priests (Pierre Tielhard de
Chardin and Daniel Berrigan) and a nun (Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
Hill writes: "Many of my religious heroes lived out their faith in an
outstanding manner. For all of these religious heroes God was often close at
hand, deeply felt in the events of their lives, glimpsed in the people they
met, pursuing them in their minds and hearts. God, as it were, came with many
intriguing faces: as a God of truth, of the homeless and of the mountain. God
came in the cosmos, as one beckoning to prophecy and as a fellow sufferer sharing
the cross. Divinity appeared as the power of peace and in the poverty of the
abandoned. Each one of us might now ask: What face has my God shown to me?"
BRENNAN R. HILL is married to Marie, and they are parents of two young adults, Ami and B.J. Hill. Hill, professor of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, has written more than 20 books, including Jesus, the Christ: Contemporary Perspectives (Twenty-Third Publications) and Jesus: Center of Christianity (St. Anthony Messenger Press).
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