Love Without Calculation

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Love Without Calculation

A Relfection on Divine Kenosis

When on a sabbatical in Tahiti, a renowned religious thinker took a break from the scholarly works, libraries, and footnotes to write about the core of Catholic faith—that God poured himself out into the beauty of creation. The result is this colorful, heartfelt, and evocative book that promises to become a classic of religious literature.

In its current weakened state, brought on by external forces and by its own sinfulness and failure, the Church is being invited to consent to a poverty that is not of its own choosing and, in so doing, to enter freely into the kenosis of Christ. The way of self-emptying takes the form of living in evangelical poverty, becoming the Church of the Poor who know that life and the life with God are given freely, without calculation. It is the truly poor who know how to wait with boundless hope for such a gift that is always and everywhere on offer.

Reviews and endorsements

“David Power offers a constructive interpretation of the challenge of Christian faith in our globalizing age. His powerful reflections on the kenosis (self-giving) of Christ open new ways of shaping Christian discipleship in this divided world. ... David Power’s reflection on the kenotic spirit of Christ will inspire all who long for the renewal of Christian community today.”
—Werner Jeanrond, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University

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"The most comprehensive and insightful study on the kenosis of Christ, a theme that has become central to theology in the World Church Today."
—Robert Schreiter, Catholic Theological Union

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“In this important contribution to the theme of kenosis, David Power tells us that Christian theology begins and ends by bearing witness to God’s kenotic existence among us.  The author calls us to help heal the world -- this healing is what kenosis is all about.”
—Rev. Lucien J. Richard, OMI, Professor of Theology and Fellow of the University Professors, Boston University

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“In Love Without Calculation David Power is thinking through the un-sayable. He invites us to join him in wondering, pondering, beholding, praying from a heart branded by gratitude for such a generous descent by which we have knowledge of God in Christ through the gift of the Spirit calling us into the depths of kenosis, learning anew what it might mean to be the Body of Christ in our own time and place.”
Michael Downey, Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality, Saint John’s Seminary, Archdiocese of Los Angeles (from the introduction)

9780824522834
Paperback / 240 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9.25
CROSSROAD, 2005