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A simple book by a brilliant theologian, church historian, and canon lawyer! In five short chapters, Orsy's organizing questions deal with how development comes about in practice, in ideas, and in persons, and move on to probe what its meaning is, and how it should continue in the future. The focus is on the Christian community's ritual for forgiving and reconciling its members, from earliest times to the present. Key to our understanding is the image of God by which the Christian community lives in any age, and which influences its way of life, its social structures and its laws. He makes subtle use of Bernard Lonergan's achievements in INSIGHT and MEHOD IN THEOLOGY. The footnotes alone are worth the price of the book.
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