Academic journal article Theological Studies

Rekindling the Christie Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Rekindling the Christie Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization

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Rekindling the Christie Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization. By Robert P. Imbelli. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2014. Pp. xx + 122. $17.99.

Karl Rahner once startled his more rationalistic colleagues when he stated that Christology cannot be done unless the theologian had previously thrown his or her arms around Jesus. Imbelli has embraced Jesus not only with his acute theological mind but also with his priestly heart. In tune with the Second Vatican Council's request for a "new evangelization," I. returns to the sources to proclaim the joy of the gospel to the contemporary world by means of a theopoetic, contemplative, mystagogical theology. He rightly comprehends that Christianity is not a theory but a falling in love with the person of Jesus Christ crucified, risen bodily, and ascended into heaven (as the fulfillment of the incarnation). Christianity is also a participation in the trinitarian life this unique Son engenders, especially through his church (which invites all to holiness), and the Eucharist, with its individual, social, and cosmic ramifications. Rejecting a Calvinistic view of the cross, I. understands it as the supreme symbol both of God's love for humanity and of the definitive exorcism that renders the principalities and powers ultimately impotent. …

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