This theological autobiography presents the experiences and events that shaped the systematic theology, which author Donald Gelpi has been crafting since 1973. Gelpi's normative theology of conversion discusses five kinds of conversion: affective, ...
intellectual, personal moral, political, and religious. Beginning with his boyhood in New Orleans, Closer Walk describes the early development of his religious perceptions, how his formation as a Jesuit taught him how to think and instilled a passion for the U.S. philosophical tradition, his major philosophical influences, and the influence of charismatic piety on his thought. This passionate, detailed, and humorous memoir also explores the history of the John Courtney Murray Group-a research seminar in inculturated philosophical and theological thinking-and how participation in the group helped him lay the systematic foundations for his theology that was crafted during his years at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
Number of pages: 430
Date of publication: 28/04/2006
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