In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Richard Rohr presents Paul's all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Richard breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul's revolutionary thinking about sin, saints, and spirituality.
Deep and complex, Paul may seem to be full of inconsistencies: arrogant but also humble; a fervent believer but a probing, critical thinker; a mystic, but also a missionary community builder. As a learned and dedicated Jew who embraced Jesus, Paul grappled with the issues of sin, death, transformation, law, eternal life, communion, and love.
Richard also searches for meaning and understanding of these issues in light of contemporary psychology, cosmology, and global awareness. He analyzes Paul's letters and explains the great themes. He challenges our usual understandings and invites us to imitate Paul and enter into the mystery in solidarity with the Risen Christ. Richard sees us as partaking in the incredible transformation of the whole cosmos that struggles with the pattern of descent and ascent that is revealed and affirmed in Jesus.
Approximate length: 10 hours.