The Religious Sense

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1997 - Religion - 166 pages
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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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Contents

Experience Implies an Evaluation
6
Reason Bound to Feeling
24
The Morality of Knowing
30
Involvement with Life
36
The Materialistic Reduction
42
Disproportion Before the Total Answer
48
The Religious Sense as a Dimension
55
The Voluntaristic Substitution of Questions
62
The Way of
100
The Experience of the Sign
110
The Adventure of Interpretation
120
Reasons Energy Seeks to Penetrate the Unknown
132
Conditions for
141
Notes
147
Subject Index
155
Author Index
163

Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before
80
Preconception Ideology Rationality and the Religious
94

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About the author (1997)

Monsignor Luigi Giussani (1922-2005) was the founder of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation in Italy. His works are available in fifteen languages and include the trilogy The Religious Sense, At the Origin of the Christian Claim, and Why th

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