His Hiding Place is Darkness not only satisfies the mind but also invites us to empathise with the needs of society."—John Dupunche, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue"[I]ntersection and absence stand at the heart of this remarkable work, the latest by the Jesuit theologian Francis X. The work as a whole, on the other hand, is startlingly original . It will richly reward careful study by students and scholars of comparative theology, theological aesthetics, and spirituality."—Reid B. J.'s His Hiding Place is Darkness takes us into an entirely different world of experience and expression of divine absence in a biblical and in a Hindu sacred text . Its engaging quality is brought about, in part, by a structure that echoes its central argument: theology must wait upon and be generated from the experience of a poetic and dramatic encounter . As such, it is a worthwhile addition to the perennial debates—especially in the context of Catholic theology in North America—about what theology is and how it should be done."—Jennifer L.
Benedict, Theological Studies"In his latest book His Hiding Place Is Darkness: A Hindu-Catholic Theopoetics of Divine Absence, Francis X.
Clooney takes his comparative work in exciting new directions.
The book marks a continuation of Clooney's significant contributions toward developing comparative theology as a robust and active subfield in religious studies, and Clooney's extended exposition on the theme of 'divine absence' across two texts from the Christian and Hindu traditions is his most intensely personal and remarkably poetic work to date. Ultimately, Clooney offers a compelling comparative reading of the Song of Songs and the Tiruvaymoli based on his own finely-honed interpretive abilities as well as insights from the commentarial tradition of each text. This book marks an important point in Clooney's own 'continuous forward striving' as an accomplished scholar and writer, and it is one that should be taken seriously by scholars in a variety of subfields across religious studies and especially by scholars in comparative theology."—Jason W.
In 2010, Clooney was elected a Fellow of the British Academy."This book is unlike any other I have read. [S]o deftly does he move backwards and onwards between poetic universes—impeccably integrating a medley of voices . It presents a valuable development of comparative theology . In this way he shows that comparative theology is also a work of pastoral care. Those who have followed Clooney across his prolific career will find much that is familiar in this volume: close, careful reading of primary texts in light of commentarial tradition, deep erudition, a post-modern sensibility, disdain for premature generalizations. His Hiding Place is Darkness is a beautifully and skillfully written text and should be of interest to a wide variety of readers."—Rico G.
Its distinctiveness resides in its profoundly spiritual theme, erudition, imaginative arrangement and engaging style . He goes far beyond the abstractions of religious studies to the needs of the modern world. The prose is crisp, insightful, and on several occasions, genuinely moving; the notes are extensive, detailed, and, in some cases, mildly polemical. [T]his represents Clooney's most convincing work since Hindu God, Christian God. [I]t is beautifully written in a style flowing with the texts he reads."—Catherine Cornille, America Magazine: The National Catholic Review"One of the great contributions of His Hiding Place is Darkness is that it is a text that skillfully and beautifully draws the reader into understanding that 'loving God is always a risk' . Monge, Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies"Clooney's book is rich in covering a number of topics in relatively few pages while remaining eminently readable. It is a proposal of and a propaedeutic to a particular mode of doing theology; it pleads for patient waiting, slow reading across traditions, and attention to the dramatic and poetic.
They’re only after eyes, likes, and shares, (and I don’t know that they deny it) so why, OH WHY do we fall for this every. Louis, respectively, and recognized defender of more traditional practices within the Church, gave an exclusive interview recently to a website dedicated to fostering the growth and strength of Catholic men–the New Emangelization. What happened next, to quote my wife: “Catholic figurehead says something. Internet explodes.” What people who haven’t read the full text of his interview have heard from the secular media, basically, is this: that’s what he said, and it was in the proper context, and there’s no way that what he said was misunderstood, there would be a lot of cause for concern about Cardinal Burke being a public figure. What the media wrote, because of their apparent ill feelings towards anyone seen as conservative or traditional in the Catholic sense, was possibility for what he said to be misunderstood by people who don’t think critically about his words.
For starters, Cardinal Burke was answering questions and talking specifically about the plight of Catholic laymen in today’s society to a guy who runs a Catholic men’s website.
These accusations have considered statues and images to be devoid of symbolism.Although the Greek appears to be a loan translation of the Hebrew phrase avodat elilim, which is attested in rabbinic literature (e.g., b Chul., 13b, Bar.), the Greek term itself is not found in the Septuagint, Philo, Josephus, or in other Hellenistic Jewish writings.The original term used in early rabbinic writings is oved avodah zarah (AAZ, worship of avoda zara, or "pagan"), while avodat kochavim umazalot (AKUM, worship of planets and constellations) is not found in its early manuscripts.Remarkably, the pairing of these texts is grounded not in a general theory of religion, but in an engagement with two unexpected sources: the theopoetics, theodramatics, and theology of the 20th-century Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the intensely perceived and written poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham. A Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus, he is the author of numerous books, including Beyond Compare: St. His Hiding Place is Darkness makes an outstanding contribution to comparative theology and religious hermeneutics."—Anita C. The work is scholarly and objective, researched and original In style, but above all it is a pastoral work.How we read and write on religious matters is transformed by this rare combination of voices in what is surely a unique and important contribution to comparative studies and religious hermeneutics. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God (2008) and Comparative Theology: Deep Learning across Religious Borders (2010). [A] careful reading and patient reflection may well transform the reader . Ray, Australian e Journal of Theology"This work is remarkable on many counts. It is clear that His Hiding Place is Darkness is richly reflected work, at the conclusion of which one has the impression of an enclyclopaedic treatment . In a world where some have no sense of the Divine, and where others seek but do not know what they are seeking or again where others are unable find the object of their quest or where the images of God are no longer effective, Clooney makes the point that the search is as revealing as the finding.