Testament of the Third Man

Rants From The Sidelines Of Faith
  • Published: December 2008
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 316
  • Size: 6.14x9.21
  • ISBN: 9781425119232
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Testament of the Third Man: rants from the sidelines of faith, is a book by a reform-minded Catholic who is critical of the irrationalities and self-serving practices inherent in Christian thought and action. The author is the proverbial lay person "in the pew" who is told: "You are the Church" but who has no voice. Issues raised by the book are not confined to Catholicism. D.C. Sale is forthright in his criticism of "born-again" fundamentalism and what he sees as the self-serving preoccupations of the "saved."

Testament is first and foremost a personal memoir that examines issues in their historical contexts. While not pretending to be an academic treatise the book does not shrink from providing "academic" perspectives where necessary. It is the result of many years of thought and study by a person who is disenchanted with the status quo, who is not afraid to speak out, and who has a vision of Christianity that is gaining ground among many Catholics in North America, and especially in Europe.

The book is engagingly structured with a mixture of personal reflections, discussions of biblical issues, and critiques of various literary and media instruments, with special emphasis given to anomalies and contradictions. Although it closes with a proposal for renewing Catholicism, Testament is strong in its appeal to all the churches for rationality, inclusiveness, and participation, with equally strong advocacy for social conscience and outreach as the cornerstones of a renewed Christian faith.

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