In Oceans Deep: Redemptive Suffering and the Crucified God

cover- In Oceans DeepThis Holy Week of Good Friday, these days leading to Easter, Lectio Publishing is pleased to announce our latest release by respected Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria.

When Dr. Echeverria’s 2 year-old granddaughter, Penelope Grace, died within 36 hours of being diagnosed with a virulent strain of meningitis, her parents, and the author, questioned how to stand in her absence.

Suffering is an enigmatic fact that challenges every worldview. It is especially difficult to see any meaning or purpose in the suffering of all people, but especially young, innocent children. This book answers the questions we all ask:

  • Why do we feel pain and loss even in the face of a resolute belief in the goodness of a loving God?
  • In death and suffering, how can we still hold out hope?
  • Do we truly believe that a new and better life awaits us after death?

Echeverria’s theological exploration seeks answers to these and many other questions about suffering and death. In his usual “leave no stone unturned” style and with a theologian’s detail, the author reveals why there is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not, in part, an answer to the question of evil.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
… So I will call upon Your name.

Oceans Deep (Where Feet May Fail), Hillsong United, with permission.

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Resurrection: Truth or Deception?

resurrection_power-epub_cvrIn Resurrection Power! Spiritual Solutions for an Anxious Age, Robert Garrity seeks to represent timeless truths from philosophy, theology, psychology and law to introduce readers to the idea of leading victorious, joyful lives, even in these anxious times. He offers a spiritual guide that is as practical as it is life-changing, organizing his discussion around empowerment over daily struggles and joyful acceptance of what cannot be overcome.

Garrity draws a framework for exploring the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and argues that we, like Jesus after the Resurrection, share in his new and indestructible life and that we rise daily with him. We share Paul’s teaching that “Sin and death have no more power over him.”

Second Edition

In this newly released second—digital only—edition, the author challenges us once again to delve more deeply into the subject through supplemental material…The Resurrection: Truth or Deception? Here Fr. Garrity explores a unique approach to find proof of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He explores “is God real?” through examining the historicity of the evidence—truth or deception?—through a “mock trial” narrative with St. Paul on the stand in order to bring out the facts in the “case” followed by a hypothetical “verdict of truth” that Jesus rose from the dead. Finally, Garrity offers an analysis of the Bible’s narrative tradition along with an hour-by-hour timeline of the first Easter Sunday.

Throughout, Fr. Garrity shows the source and relevance of the Resurrection doctrine in an easily understood format with frequent summaries of major points and scriptural references. The book will engage readers seeking to better understand the relevance of the Resurrection and its explosive power for genuine spiritual renewal. Buy the eBook on Apple iTunes »

Pope Francis: Legacy of Vatican II

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Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II

Recently released is Professor Eduardo J. Echeverria’s study Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II.

Catholics and Protestants alike tend to use Pope Francis’s pronouncements to justify the correctness of their own viewpoints on Vatican Council II and other religious and theological matters. Professor Echeverria does a thorough job of drawing from the pre-papal writings of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the man’s current papal writings, talks, and sermons to discover and document the continuity in thought Francis has with the councils.

Echeverria compares Francis’s discourse with that of his papal predecessors in the era since Vatican II. He draws heavily on the documents of Vatican II and the theology of doctrinal development stemming from the First Vatican Council and embraced by Vatican II. Not left out is the modern ecumenical movement from both the Reformed and Catholic side.

This book draws high praise from prominent theologians whose full endorsements can be found here.

It is an ideal text for basic theology courses, courses on the modern Church for seminarians or divinity students, or courses about the influence of Vatican II. It’s a must-read for those wanting to learn about Pope Francis and the future of Christianity. A special strength of the book is the respect with which it treats the Reformed Tradition.

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Peter Phan at AAR

Georgetown Theology Department

Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University

Lectio author and noted eschatologist Peter C. Phan will present at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Diego on Friday, November 21, 2014. Peter will address the “unpublished last chapter” of Raimon Panikkar’s The Rhythm of Being (2010). The presentation will give an overview of Panikkar’s thought on the three themes of “Eschatology,” the Being of Time,” and “the Time of Being” and will explore the reasons why he finds the text as its stands unsatisfactory and whether his apology for taking twenty years to come to the admission of his inability to write anything on eschatological matters is justified.

The presentation is part of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy session in P21.203 from 2 – 6 pm. Professor Phan will have on hand copies of his newest book published by Lectio PublishingLiving Into Death, Dying Into Life: 
A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal available now.

Information about the AAR 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego can be found on their website.

Lectio Publishes Peter Phan

Published on All Souls Day 2014

Published on All Saints Day 2014

Peter C. Phan, noted for his theological exploration of the afterlife, presents an easily understood study of what eternal life means from a Catholic/Christian view.

In Living Into Death, Dying Into Life: A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal Professor Phan elaborates and expands material first presented in twelve lectures. 

Drawing heavily from the Christian Tradition, Phan identifies sections in the Old Testament and especially the New Testament that are relevant to eschatology, which is the search for an understanding of God’s final kingdom. Seen in the preaching of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, the Kingdom of God is both here now and also fulfilled at the end of time.

Professor Phan is able to connect Scriptural representations of the afterlife with the ramifications of eternal life in our present everyday life. 

Phan’s book is intended for audiences seeking to understand the death of a loved one, an impending death, or death in general; as well as those who are seeking a general spiritual or theological understanding of eternal life as presented by Jesus Christ.

Purchase the softcover edition now on the Lectio website.