God at the Ritz

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God at the Ritz

Attraction to Infinity

An intimate of Pope John Paul II, a physicist, and a New York Times columnist, Lorenzo Albacete holds up religion—a veritable cockroach among chickens in this age of scientific rationalism—as the inherently human response to the wonder of the divine.

In an era when the proofs of science dominate all other systems of knowledge, religious faith finds itself under attack from all sides. Lorenzo Albacete defends religion, Catholicism in particular, in a series of wry and discerning discussions that touch on a variety of phenomena—from archeology and the discovery of the origins of humanity to Monty Python and current events.

A romping conversation that explores the incongruence of human yearning for the eternal in postmodern times, God at the Ritz puts humor and common sense back into the consideration of faith's importance in our lives today.

Reviews and endorsements

"The book has a generous dose of edgy humor; whether he is drawing on Bill Cosby, Monty Python, or a New Yorker cartoon, Albacete isn't afraid to tackle sacred cows. This far-flung and bohemian treatise makes for highly original reading."
Publishers Weeky

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"Agree with him or not, Albacete is extraordinarily simpatico. Despite his basic conservatism, he has a liberal, and often humorous, openness to every aspect of life: sex, art, literature, pop culture, philosophy and, of course, science. He is also resolutely honest. No one who has heard him, whether on televison or in the pages of this book, grimly analyzing the events of 9/11 as proof of religion's power to do evil will soon forget it."
America

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God at the Ritz is a refreshing, insightful, articulate, ‘reader friendly,’ and highly recommended attempt to make sense of the great mysteries of life, and to acknowledge that there are some concepts that can only be understood by God himself.”
Midwest Book Review

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"Albacete's profound sense of the religious leads him not to dogma but to a series of sensitively framed, sincere questions that should catch the attention and empathy of many readers. Highly recommended for most collections."
Library Journal

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"From an absorbing discussion of reason, Albacete proceeds to suffering; sex, money, and politics; and religion. Each discussion is conducted in little chapters that agreeably breakup into digestible portions what amounts to a thorough general—that is, not just Christian—theory of faith in God."
Booklist

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With great humor and intellect, God at the Ritz offers another way forward. From Charlie Rose and The God Squad to the pages of the Sunday New York Times magazine, Lorenzo Albacete is a leading voice on the power of religion in American life. In the national bestelling and critically acclaimed God at the Ritz, Albacete, a physicist and Catholic priest, offers profound, honest, and entertaining insights into the power of religion for good and evil and the need for religion at the core of human existence.

—From the book


“Lorenzo Albacete is one of a kind, and so is God at the Ritz. The book, like the monsignor, crackles with humor, warmth, and intellectual excitement. Reading it is like having a stay-up-all-night, jump-out-of-your-chair, have-another-espresso marathon conversation with one of the world’s most swashbuckling talkers."
Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

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"Perhaps it is precisely his sense of humor and wonder that bring people of all faiths to Msgr. Albacete's writings to find there a source of goodness and strength."
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick

9780824524722
Paperback / 208 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 2007