Godlust: Facing the Demonic, Embracing the Divine

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Godlust is the Original Sin, says the author, our desire to be like God corrupted into a lust to become God. We try to do this by "devouring" God's qualities, such as Truth, Good, and Beauty, but only end up corrupting these qualities as well. Truth becomes relative and subjective, Good becomes enforced social altruism, and Beauty becomes divorced from the natural world while the natural world itself becomes mere fodder for scientific conquest. Truly original, clearly and compellingly expressed,this book - - shows how Godlust affects every aspect of our life - provides strategies to escape Godlust and re-establish our relationship with God - draws from Jonathan Edwards, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dorothy Day, Frederick Buechner, and the New Testament, as well as such philosophers as Rahner, Weil, Heidigger, Nietzsche, and Rarty - makes difficult ideas highly accessible and fascinating - is a work of spirituality for a broad audience

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Kerry Walters is the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. Among his books are Paulist's Spirituality of the Handmaid. He lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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A probing insight into the origins of our present disturbed relationships with the primordial source of our being. -- Thomas Berry

A probing insight into the origins, of our present relationships with the primordial source of our being. -- Thomas Berry

Important for believers who cherish both the religious dimension of culture and truth, beauty, and goodness as signals of transcendence. -- Theological Studies

Kerry Walters' book is a fresh, readable and insightful interpretation of timeless religious freedom. -- John F. Haught, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University

Kerry Walters' book is a remarkably fresh, readable and, above all, insightful interpretation of timeless religious freedom. Strongly recommended. -- John F. Haught, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University

The way he proceeds from the eating in the Garden of Eden to the Eucharist is especially instructive. -- Harvey D. Egan, S.J., Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology, Boston College

This book is an astute analysis and warrents prayerful consideration. -- Theological Studies

Walters elucidates original sin as the lust to be God, and the demonic attempt to devour all truth and beauty. -- Harvey D. Egan, S.J., Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology, Boston College

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