Page 2 – Night of the Confessor – Tomás Halík
The tone of the book is pretty equally split between meditative and irascible. Halík has no qualms about calling a spade a spade, labeling charismatic gatherings in stadiums “religious clownery” or denouncing certainty in the afterlife as “vapid and inane.” I appreciated that Halík takes an equally incisive look at human suffering, death, science or Eastern religious traditions as he does the foibles of his fellow Christians. Frankly, I’ve always kind of liked an old priest telling it like it is despite the presence of doe-eyed youth or self-satisfied, feel good parishioners. Still, I can see some being off-put by the initial ire at whole movements within Christianity or society. If the reader sticks with him, he balances his statements with qualifications, acknowledges the good to be salvaged and recognizes the purposes served by what he critiques.
For those who seek certainty, Night of the Confessor offers little help, but to those who seek faithfulness to the paradoxical God of Christ, it is an apt initiation into mystery, silence and “God’s ciphers in the events of their own lives.”
Seth Forwood lives in Fort Collins, CO with his wife, Brooke, and son, Asa. He is an Educator and Beekeeper at Harvest Farm, a free drug and alcohol treatment facility and working farm.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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