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By taking readers on an illuminating ramble through the history of the church, Robert Capon shows how we have lost this sense of astonishment by making Christianity into a religion that focuses on requirements and restrictions rather than on the Good News, and by turning the church, which should be a body of believers, into an institution that emphasizes its corporate functions to the detriment of its gospel message. After exploring all the ways in whcih the church has mis-embodied itself over the centuries, Capon explains how the church today might re-create itself. The key, according to Capon, is recovering the gift of astonishment with which it began.

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Title: Astonished Heart, Reclaiming the Good News from the
By: Robert Farrar Capon
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 3/8 (inches)
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 0802807917
ISBN-13: 9780802807915
Stock No: WW2807917

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This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

Where has the church been, and what has it become? According to Robert Farrar Capon, the answers to these questions are in many ways dispiriting. Although the church has done much good, it has also made numerous blunders in its checkered history. Chief among them is that is has lost its astonishment over the Good News of the gospel — the gift of salvation we receive from Christ.

By taking readers on an illuminating ramble through the history of the church, Capon shows how we have lost this sense of astonishment by making Christianity into a religion that focuses on requirements and restrictions rather than on the Good News, and by turning the church, which should be a body of believers, into an institution that emphasizes its corporate functions to the detriment of its gospel message. After exploring all the ways in which the church had mis-embodied itself over the centuries, Capon explains how the church today might re-create itself. The key, according to Capon, is recovering the gift of astonishment with which it began.

Capon is fully alert to both the tragedy and the comedy of church history, and he covers this uneven ground with great heart and great humor — and genuine hope for the future of the church.

Author Bio

Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013) was an Episcopal priest and the author of many popular books, including The Supper of the Lamb.

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