Orbis Books - The Holy Spirit and an Evolving Church - by James A. Coriden
Paperback: 224 pages (February 20, 2018). 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches.
The history of a church that has changed, can change, and will change with the grace of God's Spirit always guiding it, inspiring it, keeping it.
Exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in the evolutionary unfolding of the church throughout its history, distinguished theologian James Coriden skillfully articulates two principles: first, the Holy Spirit is the internal dynamic in the evolution of the church, the force that propels the Christian communities forward and in converging trajectories; and second, the reign of God, renamed here "God's project for the world," powerfully pulls the church's evolution forward.
In the course of this book Coriden envisions changes, sometimes radical, in the church's structure, teaching, ministry, and sacraments. Here is a book that will be part of a sea change that already marks "the Francis revolution," which represents both challenge and renewal.
Fr. James A. Coriden, canon lawyer and academic dean emeritus and professor at the Washington Theological Union, is a recipient of the Catholic Theology Society of America's John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor bestowed by the society on a theologian.