New York: Pantheon, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original oatmeal cloth, original dust jacket. Minor edge-wear to price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #780
"THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO TAKE OUR STAND AGAIN, TO THINK AND LIVE, IN CHRISTIAN EXISTENCE AS A WHOLE, IN THE SENSE OF THE PAULINE WORDS: 'ALL IS YOURS BUT YOU ARE CHRIST'S'" First edition of Romano Guardini's contemplation of "the pattern of Christian existence as a whole." Guardini's Foreword characterizes these studies as a summation of his pre-war work (specifically 1940's World and Person) in light of the post-war Existential thought. "A discussion of many facets of the relation of freedom to finality in terms of the recent philosophical orientations and in relation to the theological problem of grace. Freedom is studied as the form and content of the human act, while the personal religious factors of finality and providence are emphasized in the meeting of freedom and grace" (George McLean). Each of the three sections is preceded by a brief introductory note outlining "the problem" being addressed, providing a cautionary modern reappraisal of the unity of universal Christian existence: "the conscious unity of existence has been, to a large extent, lost even by believing Christians. The believer no longer stands with his faith amid the concrete, actual world, and he no longer rediscovers that world in his faith." McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought: 1900-1964, 120. Approbations.