The Catholic Imagination, by Andrew Greeley

Early in the 19th century Friedrich Schleiermacher remarked that Roman Catholics "are all immersed in the miraculous and may expect it at any moment." Without mentioning Schleiermacher explicitly, Andrew Greeley's engaging essay is a commentary on his observation. Greeley's thesis, derived from David Tracy's book The Analogical Imagination, is that there is a distinctively Catholic, "enchanted" imagination. There is a Catholic style of telling stories about God and human existence, a Catholic manner of imagining God and human existence in art, music and literature, and a Catholic approach to neighborhoods, families and sexuality.


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