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God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith with…

God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith with Nicolas Diat (2015)

by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Nicolas Diat

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Cardinal Sarah covers a wide-ranging set of topics related to the Faith in this book and demonstrates a rare depth of spiritual and intellectual maturity. This book is profitable reading for those who wish to understand the landscape of the Church currently as well as those looking for good spiritual reading. Cardinal Sarah does not disappoint. ( )
  netstar98 | Apr 7, 2016 |
God or Nothing is the result of what must have been quite a series of interviews between Robert Cardinal Sarah (the man on the cover) and reporter Nicolas Diat. Sarah is noteworthy for a variety of very good reasons, and hopefully the translation of this book means that he will get more recognition in the Anglophone world. Born in a small village in a remote part of the West African nation of Guinea (then a French colony), no one would have guessed that he would manage to become a Catholic priest, much less Archbishop of Conakry or a cardinal in the Curia. Especially, once Guinea gained its independence from France and was plunged into a decades-long Marxist revolution by its new leader. But achieve it he did.

Along with his life's story, we also learn his thoughts on every Pope who has reigned during his life, what he thinks Pope Francis really means, as well as his thoughts on the major theological issues of the day. His opinions on Pope Pius XII from the perspective of a survivor of a more recent despotic regime were particularly interesting. I will admit to stereotyping social justice Catholics as white upper and middle-class children of the 60s, but Sarah presents a view of social justice for the poor that is untainted by the kinds of issues such as women's ordination that it got mixed with in the West. This is the kind of social justice that every Catholic can get behind. And as a bonus, the whole thing makes for absolutely compulsive reading.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the Church in Africa and Catholic current events. ( )
  inge87 | Sep 24, 2015 |
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For nothing is impossible with God.
—Luke 1:37
Let all of you then live together, one in mind and heart, mentally giving honor to God in yourselves, whose temples you have become.
—Saint Augustine, Rule
Because the man of the world wants to change his place, his destiny, his idols, and to change them perpetually, the friend of God must remain and stay in the place God has put him.  Indeed, between the friends of God and the world there is an antithesis and a rupture.  What the one chooses, the other rejects.  Otherwise there would no longer be two camps, but only one:  the world.
—Father Jérôme, Écrits monastiques
To Monsignor Louis Barry,
Whose courage made him so great.
To Brother Vincent,
and to all those who take turns without a break at his bedside.
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There are radical encounters that change that change some aspects of our way of looking at things.
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