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Memoria e Identidad: Conversaciones al Filo de Dos Milenios (Memory & Identity: Conversations Spanning Millenniums)
Random House, Inc / 2005 / Hardcover
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En esta persuasiva obra, el papa Juan Pablo II aborda, por primera vez, temas de política internacional, exponiendo su punto de vista acerca de la libertad y la democracia así como sobre las ideologías totalitarias del siglo XX: el comunismo y el nazismo. Exhortando a la humanidad a considerar la libertad "no sólo como un don, sino como una tarea" destinada al servicio del bien común, propone el establecimiento de un diálogo entre todas las civilizaciones y las religiones del mundo. Esta obra inspiradora y estimulante es una reflexión única sobre la vida humana que será admirada por pensadores de todas las religiones y nacionalidades. Pasta dura.
In this compelling volume, Pope John Paul II speaks for the first time on global politics. He discusses his views on freedom and democracy and speaks about the twentieth-century totalitarian ideologies of communism and Nazism. Making an emphatic appeal for mankind to regard freedom "not only as gift but a task" to be used for the common good, he calls for a dialogue between all the world's civilization and religions. This inspiring and thought-provoking work is a unique reflection on human life and will be admired by thinkers of all religions and nationalities. Hardcover.
The pope's 1994 book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, sold some 20 million copies in more than 30 languages. Both that book and this one grew out of interviews conducted in the early 1990s, but the differences between them are significant. The interviewer for Threshold was an Italian journalist who focused on questions Catholic laypersons might ask; the interviewers for Memory were Polish professors of philosophy. Though advance publicity has focused on the pope's description of the 1981 attempt on his life and on several comments on abortion and homosexuality, most of the book is devoted to rigorous discussion-laced with quotations from the Bible, documents of Vatican II and his own poetry-about the nature of evil, especially as seen in Nazi and Communist regimes; the nature of freedom, with its concomitant responsibilities; and the challenges facing post-Enlightenment, secular Europe. Praising the medieval church and Thomist philosophy, condemning Cartesian self-sufficiency and modern "unbridled capitalism," the pope upholds tradition (memory) as the basis for individual, religious and national identity. His conclusion is characteristically optimistic: "The evil of the 20th century was... an evil of gigantic proportions, an evil which availed itself of state structures in order to accomplish its wicked work." But "there is no evil from which God cannot draw forth a greater good. There is no suffering which he cannot transform into a path leading to him." (Mar. 27) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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