The Religious Sense

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1997 - Religion - 166 pages
The Religious Sense, the fruit of many years of dialogue with students, is an exploration of the search for meaning in life. Luigi Giussani shows that the nature of reason expresses itself in the ultimate need for truth, goodness, and beauty. These needs constitute the fabric of the religious sense, which is evident in every human being everywhere and in all times. So strong is this sense that it leads one to desire that the answer to life's mystery might reveal itself in some way. Giussani challenges us to penetrate the deepest levels of experience to discover our essential selves, breaking through the layers of opinions and judgments that have obscured our true needs. Asserting that all the tools necessary for self-discovery are inherent within us, he focuses primarily on reason, not as narrowly defined by modern philosophers but as an openness to existence, a capacity to comprehend and affirm reality in all of its dimensions.

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This is a book for anyone who is looking for something out there that really makes sense. More than career, more than fame and glory, more than a lovely family... more and more...... a meaning for all !!
The author is a catholic priest and one might rightly expect that the outcome of the path he proposes is biased. True as it sounds, this is only part of the story. It is not a book for Christians, it is a book for mankind. So much so that it has been translated in more than 20 languages, including Arabic and Japanese!
We spend time and effort digging all sort of information from the web and yet very little is known or told about what really matters and stays at the level of the questions we have been asking ourselves since when we were kids. Those very questions we find it embarrassing to talk about even to our best friends, to the people we love. The same questions that opened the doors to Philosophy and allowed man to evolve to where he is now.
Why am I here? What is the world for? Why is there suffering, or death? What is life really about? What is the ultimate meaning of MY life?
There is no doubt Giussani knows man and humanity. But more than this he knows what reason is about. So he will not offer a cheap journey, a quick solution. He will offer an approach to life that you might have never heard before, other than within yourself, and eventually help you find your own way.

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Experience Implies an Evaluation
Reason Bound to Feeling
The Morality of Knowing
Involvement with Life
The Materialistic Reduction
Disproportion Before the Total Answer
The Religious Sense as a Dimension
The Voluntaristic Substitution of Questions
The Way of
The Experience of the Sign
The Adventure of Interpretation
Reasons Energy Seeks to Penetrate the Unknown
Conditions for
Subject Index
Author Index

Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before
Preconception Ideology Rationality and the Religious

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