Raising Abel

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Raising Abel

The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination

Raising Abel is a theological exploration of a huge change of mind: the change which the apostolic group underwent as a result of the Resurrection—and how that paradigm can transform the world today.

Making use of the thought of Rene Girard, the author shows how the God who was revealed by Jesus subverted the violent language, imagery and expectations of the early Christians.

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Raising Abel is an exceptional book, with soaring power. It begins with a most lucid and daring interpretation of our current religious crisis but, unlike so many theologians who, trying to break new ground, get mired in the stale fin de siècle, James Alison gives us a book exceptional both for its realism regarding the psychic misery of our world and for its focusing on the central mysteries of the Gospels, the Passion and the Resurrection. What makes the book truly unique is its supreme and vibrant Christo centrism in a world where even many people of good will do not know, once again, where they have put the Lord. Instead of further undermining our faith, Raising Abel helps our unbelief.
Rene Girard, author of Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

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By brilliantly demonstrating how important it is for Christians to recover an eschatological sensibility and by performing the act of recovery in a most remarkable way, James Alison has made a major contribution.
Gil Bailie, author of Violence Unveiled

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A ground breaking book-thoroughly enjoyable and instructive
James G. Williams, author of The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred

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A smashing book- as profound as theology can be!
Robert J. Daly, S.J., Professor of Theology, Boston College

9780824515652
Paperback / 208 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9
HERDER & HERDER, 1996