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From the Introduction - It began with an encounter, Some people - Aramic - and perhaps Greek speaking Jews - came into contact with Jesus of Nazareth and stayed with him. This encounter, and what took place in the life of Jesus and in connection with his death, gave their personal lives new meaning and new significance. They felt that they had been born again, that they had been understood, and this new identity found expression in a similar solidarity towards others, their fellow men. This change in the course of their lives was the result of their encounter with Jesus, for without him they would have remained what they had been. It had not come about through any initiative of their own; it has simply happened to them.^
Few books of its kind written in the past two decades seem so sure of respectful attention from anyone who sseeks to understand, and to reconcile, Christological thinking with the lives we lead.
Edward Schillebeeckx (1914-) is a prominent Catholic theologian, remarkable for having survived three inquiries into his possible heresy by the Vatican. He explores traditional Catholic concepts in the light of twentieth century understanding and is committed to working out a satisfactory statement of the relationship between the Church and the world.