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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Child in the manger may be most radical reformer

Following publication of Thomas Moore's forthcoming Gospel: The Book of Matthew this year, is his new offering The Soul of Christmas to be released 30 September 2016. It may be pre-ordered now.

Moore "looks the Gospels, both canonical and non-canonical, comparing them to archetypal stories and ancient myths in order to understand his own beliefs and to gaze in wonder at the Holy Child. Christmas, says Moore, belongs to everyone. It has meaning only as a plan for the entire human race. Christmas shouldn’t be sentimentalized or turned into consumer frenzy: 'The child lying in the manger is perhaps the most radical of all spiritual reformers.'"

Format: Hardcover
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Release: September 30, 2016
ISBN-10: 1632531208
ISBN-13: 978-1632531209
Price: $19.99 US
"The Christ Child reminds us of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving, and community. Christmas also offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts. 'If we could but mix just a small measure of the child’s naïveté with an intelligent appreciation of the traditional Christmas symbols, myths, and images,' Moore asserts, 'we might be surprised at the profundity.' The enchantment of Christmas is a taste of what is possible if human beings could really love each other. The infant in the manger symbolizes new life, the potential all human beings have to be a new kind of being dedicated to agape, a love of the other — whoever that 'other' may be."