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Michael J. Himes' "Doing the Truth in Love"
Looks at Michael J. Himes' book, "Doing the Truth in Love", about Christianity, based on his modern interpretation of Roman Catholic theology.
# 153379 | 3,400 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 26, 2013 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper relates that Michael J. Himes' book, "Doing the Truth in Love", written in an anthropological format and as conversations between the author and students, challenges Christians to step-up and accept the responsibility for a life that embraces the living, loving God. Next, the author extensively reviews the book, especially its central theme that God is a mystery and its use of parables and models. The paper underscores that scholars have criticized Himes' book as being too modern and too creative with the descriptions of the Catholic faith; however, other scholars see the true value in the way Himes approaches the subject of Christianity and Catholicism.

Table of Contents:
Analysis of Doing the Truth in Love - God is Mystery - Central Theme
Analysis of Doing the Truth in Love - Parables / Models
Response by Jan Pilarski
The Effective Use of Dialogue
God's Role and Our Role in Response to Suffering
What is Theology?

From the Paper:

"Wondering how God could allow people to suffer it isn't just a theologically troubling issue for Roman Catholics or Christians of other denominations - it is a universal conundrum. But Himes has narrative that speaks to that universal question. In the first place those who say that certain acts are "the will of God" are sadly mistaken, Himes explains. Saying that one is giving in to "the will of God" when there is personal suffering is "not only remarkably ineffective" but it "verges on blasphemy," he writes. That is because things go on here on Earth because they are permitted by God, or authorized by God. "Directly or indirectly this places the burden of responsibility for the world's suffering on God's shoulders," Himes writes.
"But as to the point, how to respond to the question of why God doesn't "do something about the world's pain," Himes has a logical answer, true to Christian doctrine but stated in Himes' uniquely refreshing narrative. "God created us," he writes, and if we chose to increase the pain or to "shirk responsibility of dealing with it" then we have no right or reason to talk about that pain "as the will of God"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Graham, Billy. (2008). The Marks of a Christian: How do you know if you're a Christian? Christianity Today. Retrieved April 11, 2011, from http://www.christianitytoday.com.
  • Himes, Michael J., McNeill, Donald P., and Pilarski, Jan. (1995). Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations about God, Relationships, and Service. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

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APA Format

Michael J. Himes' "Doing the Truth in Love" (2013, May 26) Retrieved April 08, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/michael-j-himes-doing-the-truth-in-love-153379/

MLA Format

"Michael J. Himes' "Doing the Truth in Love"" 26 May 2013. Web. 08 April. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/michael-j-himes-doing-the-truth-in-love-153379/>