Your Grown-Up Faith

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-15
  • Publisher: Liguori Pubns

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In Your Grown-Up Faith: Blending the Three Elements of Belief, Kenneth L. Parker outlines a way of reflecting on religious experience that is at once simple and profound. Originally created by Friedrich von Hügel, a student of John Henry Cardinal Newman's, in his work The Mystical Element of Religion, the three elements of belief are known as the Child's Way, the Youth's Way, and the Adult's Way. Each perspective is necessary and helps us to be aware of, and develop, a mature and balanced faith.

Author Biography

Kenneth L. Parker, PhD, grew up in the Wesleyan Church and received his master's degree in historical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He became a Roman Catholic during his doctoral studies in Reformation history at Cambridge University. For five years, Parker was a Benedictine monk and a student of nineteenth-century Catholic history at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is also the author of Catholic and Cornered: Answers to Common Questions About Your Faith (Liguori: 2011). He has been a professor of historical theology at Saint Louis University since 1992.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
The First Element of Belief
Receiving a Religious Imaginationp. 3
Difficulties of the Child's Wayp. 15
The Second Element of Belief
Faith Seeking Understandingp. 29
Struggles of the Youth's Wayp. 45
The Third Element of Belief
Embracing the Callp. 61
Dangers of the Adult's Wayp. 73
Concluding Remarks
The Synergy of the Three Elements of Beliefp. 85
Final Reflections
Meditations on the Life of Faith by John Henry Newmanp. 101
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