Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/4/27
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"This book has done me so much good." Pope Francis
From one of the leading intellects in the church today one whom Pope Francis has described as a "superb theologian" comes perhaps his most important book yet. Available for the first time in English, Cardinal Kasper looks to capture the essence of the gospel message. Compassionate, bold, and brilliant, Cardinal Kasper has written a book which will be studied for generations.
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Cardinal Kasper explains in detail the study, in systematic theology, of justice and a punitive God. By doing so the reader comes to understand why European Protestants and now American fundamentalist Catholics obsess about retributive justice as opposed to merciful justice. It stems from Martin Luther's inner conflict of reconciling a merciful God to one who was just.
This book is worth every penny. I bought the Kindle version and will be holding a book discussion at our parish. The Rector and DRE are on board.
"The best known example and the one with the greatest consequences in church history is young Martin Luther, for whom the question—“ How do I get a gracious God?”—caused a frightening turmoil of conscience for a long time until he came to know that, according to the Bible, God’s justice is not God’s punitive justice, but rather God’s justifying justice, which includes his mercy. The church became divided over this issue in the sixteenth century. The relation of justice and mercy thus became the fateful question of Western theology."
"Go and learn the meaning of the words, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'" (Matt. 9:13) .