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No Irrelevant Jesus

Rekindling the Christic Imagination Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization

On Jesus and the Church Today

Gerhard Lohfink

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“Lohfink reveals Jesus as he was and is, and the church as it was and is meant to become.” James Martin, SJ “Following his highly successful Jesus of Nazareth, Gerhard Lohfink delivers another stunning achievement with this passionate set of essays about why Jesus remains relevant.“ Ronald D. Witherup, SS “No Irrelevant Jesus is a profound meditation on what Jesus means for the church and our world today.” John A. Coleman, SJ “Gerhard Lohfink is on a mission: not to allow Jesus to be irrelevant in our age. Lohfink takes the Gospel with great seriousness and challenges his reader to do the same. Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness is a ‘now’–‘today’ message. And this message demands a response.” Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Morneau 978-0-8146-8264-7 Hardcover, 344 pp., $34.95 978-0-8146-8289-0 eBook, $31.99

“Painters and poets help Imbelli distill decades of preaching and teaching into a fine evangelical wine. Charles Taylor’s call to recover a sense of what the incarnation can mean inspires an accessible and moving account of church, Eucharist, and Vatican II as Christic calls to holiness in the world. A meditative gem of a book!” William L. Portier “To read these profound theological meditations is to recall the words of the fourth-century monk, Evagrius Ponticus: ‘the bosom of the Lord is knowledge of God; the one who rests there will be a theologian.’ Robert Imbelli is, by Evagrius’ standard, a master theologian.” Richard R. Gaillardetz “This is a beautiful, profound, and precise book.” Paul J. Griffiths 978-0-8146-3550-6 Paperback, 144 pp., $19.95 978-0-8146-3575-9 eBook, $17.99

Commonweal March 7, 2014  •  volume 141  •  Number 5

Article 13

Opting Out

How the Amish have survived in America Donald B. Kraybill

short takes 8

Give It to Us Straight, Doc

Why can’t politicians be honest about Obamacare? Rand Richards Cooper


Catastrophic Coverage

The media overreact to Obamacare’s glitches Nick Baumann

special thanks Commonweal Associates College Subscription Program Commonweal Endowment The Edward Skillin Society




editorial Missed Opportunity

columnist 6

Not So Fast Mollie Wilson O’Reilly

Film 18 The Invisible Woman Gloria Richard Alleva

Books 20

Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont William H. Pritchard


Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper Jeffrey Meyers

roadside attractions

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Paulina García in Gloria


Commonweal Magazine - Mar 7th, 2014