God Is Not Nice
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I know that this does not sound like a good title, but it is an excellent title. Richard Niebuhr stated eighty years ago about a religion which Americans have seemed to embrace: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross." Speaking about the author, Ulrich Lehner, Scott Hahn states: "Ulrich Lehner is not the first to observe that the preaching of this nice gospel corresponds rather exactly to the collapse of Christianity in the global North and West. We may instinctively like a nice God -- and even go so far as to "like" him on social media. But will we make sacrifices for him and to him? Will we be willing to die for him? Will we make the effort to get out of bed early to praise his name?"
Both Lehner and Hahn are accurate and describe well what has happened to the practice of our faith both in the church building as well as on Main Street.
I would like to invite parishioners to read this book and give it some serious thought. The book is worthy of discussion among the interested. So, I will offer discussion sessions on the book on the following dates:
February 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15
All sessions will begin at 6:30 pm. All sessions will be in Msgr. Sechi Hall. Participants will have to purchase their own copy of the book. Currently the price is $12.34 on Amazon. Even though I have read it on my Kindle, you may want to consider a printed version because it is the type of book that you will want to underline and write comments in the columns. Don't forget to go through the parish website to purchase the book. We will divine up the book into sections for our weekly discussions
If you were annoyed by the opening comments in this notice, then you are a good candidate to participate in this group.
God Is Not Nice - Beginning February 8, 2018
Monday, Feb. 5th 2018 at 6:30-8pm
Msgr. Sechi Hall - St Anthony Church
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What others are saying about this book
"This book is a bombshell in the playground of the contemporary sentimentalism and therapeutic deism that often masquerades as Christianity--one of those rare works that brilliantly diagnoses the errors of our time and responds to them with clarity and charity. In our age of 'safe spaces, ' it should be required reading for college and university students who likely haven't yet met the God of the Bible--a God who is good, but by no means safe." --Brant Pitre, Catholic theologian, apologist, and author of The Case for Jesus
"A bracing antidote to the vapidness of American megachurch religiosity, a challenge to all Christians to reencounter the God of the Bible in full, and, for Catholics, a primer on an important aspect of the New Evangelization." --George Weigel, Catholic author and distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center
"Bourgeois religion, with its low horizon and liturgies of therapy, sentiment and self-esteem, is the illness of today's 'developed' world. Ulrich Lehner takes a hammer to its edifice in this brilliant, life-giving and deeply encouraging book. God is merciful. God is just. God is patient, tender and intimate. But the God of Jesus Christ is too demanding, too exhilarating an adventure to ever settle for 'nice.' There's nothing vanilla in the real taste of his love. And the author captures that simple truth beautifully in these pages." --Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia