CHRIST IN ECLIPSE by F. J. Sheed

CHRIST IN ECLIPSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A vigorous hurrah (surely not the last) for good old-fashioned Christology. Frank Sheed is one of the patriarchs of American Catholicism, a thinking man's conservative, and a solid, experienced writer. He insists that in the post-Vatican II turmoil his fellow Catholics have lost sight of Christ and his central role in Christian life, and so he designed this book as a refresher course in basic theology and spirituality. He reviews the Gospels, stressing the challenge and mystery of Jesus' message, in an effort to shake his readers out of their ""pious coma."" Sheed writes clearly and feelingly, in a fashion that an earlier generation would have called manly. He unblushingly titles one chapter ""What Life Is All About."" But Sheed is no simplistic champion of orthodoxy. He has a flexible, deeply cultured mind, steeped especially in English literature, and any committed believer could profit from reading him. Still, this stout-hearted dogmatism which exalts the ""timeless truths"" of religion at the expense of current problems and preoccupations will inevitably limit the book's appeal. There's no denying Sheed's claim that Christ is in eclipse, but he shows little interest in how this happened in the first place, and little sympathy for the Christians and ex-Christians who suffer because of it.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1978
Publisher: Sheed Andrews & McMeel