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on 9 April 2016
The most eye-opening read from an author who,through intense study and reflection, has glimpsed the secret wonders of the inner nature of God. No words can do it justice, I simply recommend that you read it for yourselves and experience its healing effect. For it is a powerful antidote to the harsh revengeful and hate-filled aspects of the times in which we are immersed
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VINE VOICEon 25 June 2014
Excellent book and beautifully translated from the German. One can see a bit where he is coming from in the recent discussions concerning communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in this book, although this was written earlier than the planned discussions so there is nothing specific in the book. He writes very convincingly on the place of mercy in the life of the Christian and the life of the Church. Solid Catholic theology without being too academic. Nor is he taking sides as liberal v. conservative. It really is a good book about a topic no one is really writing about today. Very valuable contribution to a much needed discussion within the Church and in the halls of power in the secular sphere.
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on 8 October 2014
Cardinal Kasper has that wonderful gift of explaining complex theological matters in such simplified detail that this becomes a comforting yet challenging experience with the knowledge that I will return to reread this book soon.
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on 7 March 2016
I think this book is very well written for all to read a lot of helpful information on the Mercy of. God. It is good book to read more than once . I would recommend it is helpful for prayer.
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on 29 April 2016
I really loved this book. I was so surprised that such an old fashioned idea could be so central to the Christian faith and have such contemporary relevance.
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on 23 February 2015
It is without doubt an interesting work, but the central argument of mercy as God's fundamental and defining argument is unconvincing and it leaves a rather large theological hole as one might imagine.

Card. Kasper critiques the traditional metaphysical concepts of God while making his own metaphysical claims based on his reading of the biblical text. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this of course, but here again I found the argumentation unconvincing and indeed unsystematic, at times love and mercy seemed interchangeable words signifying the same concept, at other times they seemed distinct concepts, I expected more clarity and consistency from a german dogmatic theologian.

For me the crux of the matter is this: If mercy is a fundamental attribute of God, then from all eternity God needed someone to 'mercify' as it were. Mercy of course implies someone in need of forgiveness for sin/wrongs committed. Neither the Son, nor Spirit needed forgiveness nor mercy if they are(as we believe) eternally perfect, so then either God needed to made creation sinful because he needed to be merciful or mercy is an attribute which derives from his Love and justice, important yes(and gratefully received) but not fundamental. For me it is on this issue this book stands or falls! And ad far as I can see, it does not address these issues in any meaningful way. By this I am truly disappointed.

I have no problem following the millennial tradition as it currently stands, that mercy flows from God's Love (and Justice), but to change this conception the burden of proof lies with the good Cardinal and here he fails to adequately outline his ideas. I look forward to reading the revised expanded edition when it is published and I hope it will contain a more robust and systematic delineation of his thought.
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on 8 February 2016
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on 5 April 2016
Excellent.
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on 31 May 2015
I am surprised about any controversy connected to this book, since it is a deep reflection on the basic Christian idea of love. Perhaps it needs to be renewed since some feel that it is novel.
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on 23 April 2015
Delighted to delve deeply into this favourite of Pope Francis. Such a pity it couldn't be delivered to Ireland but thanks to my good friends in UK I was able to secure it
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