Another Church possible in the global era and plural era. (Javier Elzo). His new book is based on an accurate reflection “You cannot live faith today as lived and understood by our previous generations of Christians during the long centuries of the era of Christianity, in whose rales we are.” Although it may seem a pessimistic observation, Elzo understands it as an opportunity.
Our friend Javier Elzo has just published the interesting book “Die to resurrect”. Another possible Church in the global and plural era “. Javier Elzo is an intellectual and a lay committed to the Church. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Deusto and has numerous publications on the behavior and values of youth, drug addictions, and the sociology of religion and the Church. He has collaborated on several occasions with BKA, and we still remember his interesting dissertation at the Debate Day organized by BKA in November 2016 under the title “Other Church, other believers, in a plural world that is said to be secular”.
In his book he defends two major ideas. The first “That the best of Catholicism is not in the past, but may be in the future, and that, if it is possible to speak of the golden age of Christianity, is before us and not behind. What another Church demands: synodal, overcoming clericalism, liberating oneself from the era of Christianity and, finally, fully empowering women in their midst. The second, to mean that, in the global, plural and increasingly unequal era in which we find ourselves, we need to overcome the binary fracture between believers and non-believers, so that all those who, with good will, have concern for a better world can work, together in it, and from their own personal convictions “
The 300-page book talks about doubt as a paradigm of religiosity in a plural world; the overcoming of the binomial of the secular and the religious; the place of Christianity in the public sphere; the evaluation of the Catholic Church by the Spaniards, and makes a proposal for another Church in a plural and globalized world.
It is an interesting book to read, which combines academic rigor, with numerous citations and references, with an attractive and didactic writing for a non-specialist audience. In summary, an interesting book that is worth reading. It provides data, sociological analysis, reflections and proposals for the future. A book that helps us to better understand the “signs of the times” and to reflect on the future of the Church and our role in the construction of the Kingdom of God. It raises the “four dimensions that the actions of Christians in the world must have: the personal dimension, the conversion; the direct charitable dimension of helping the most in need; the denouncing of injustices, particularly the structural ones, and the proactive dimension, the bold effort to propose and work for another society, another governance “. The book is a path, an explicated proposal that leads him to exclaim “Yes, the golden age of the Church is not in the past but, perhaps, in the future. It’s in our hands”
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