New York and London: Seabury Press/Geoffrey Chapman, 1983. First edition. Three volumes. Small folio, original tan, green, and blue cloth, original dust jackets. Volume III with price sticker on inside flap of the dust jacket. A fine set. Item #201
"EACH ONE OF US HAS HIS OWN GIFTS, HIS OWN MEANS AND HIS OWN VOCATION. MINE ARE AS A CHRISTIAN AND AS A THEOLOGIAN WHO READS A GREAT NUMBER OF BOOKS AND TAKES MANY NOTES. MAY I THEREFORE BE ALLOWED TO SING MY OWN SONG!" First editions in English of Congar's reflections on The Holy Spirit. Congar was inspired by the sense of renewal ushered in by the charismatic movement to resume the work "which I have been wanting to write for years." Consists of Volume I: The Experience of the Spirit, Volume II: Lord and Giver of Life, Volume III: The River of Life Flows in the East and in the West. Yves Congar was the influential Dominican theologian who, like his contemporaries, had "studied Thomist philosophy and theology but turned in several different directions. Congar entered the seminary in Paris and became a pupil of Jacques Maritain. But his experience in the military, especially five years in Nazi prisons, led him to emphasize the value of Christian unity and Church reform." (Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision). Congar was effectively silenced in the 1950s but John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council revived his influence and he returned here to revisit some perennial themes. The first volume is a history of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments and in the early Church. The second volume focuses on the Spirit in the life of the Church and in life of the Individual. The last volume explores the Holy Spirit in the Orthodox and Latin Churches and the Sacraments. First published in France in 1979 and translated by David Smith.