Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christianity in a Nutshell

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christianity in a Nutshell

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Christianity in a Nutshell. By Leonardo Boff. Translated from the Portuguese by Phillip Berryman. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2013. Pp. viii + 119. $18.

Boff declares that this book will be his swan song. It is a remarkable achievement in which he sums up the "minimum of the minimum" of Christianity--what has taken him 60 published books to explore and explicate.

To explore the divine Mystery, B. provides a meditation on contemporary science and its explanation of the origins of the world and of humankind. "This means understanding the cosmos in evolution and expansion, and for believers, [how it is] sustained by the ongoing creative power of God" (1). He traces the growing complexity of order and finally the breakthrough of life and consciousness toward the unification of the human species through the process of globalization. It is an ambitious project. Readers familiar with the work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and others will find a compatible soul mate in B.'s meditation on cosmogenesis and in the marvelous Mystery that originates and dwells in every wave, string, vibration, singularity, and constant of the universe. B. declares, "God creates the universe as a mirror in which God sees the divine Self and also a vessel to receive God" (2). …

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