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new book manuscript - god alone

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

Good news. I just submitted my next book maunscript - God Alone: Meditations on Holy Saturday, Mercy, and Compassion. I'm so excited for you all to read it. 93,000 words of goodness.

Here's a few lines from the Preface:

This book is about compassion — true, authentic compassion. The book comes most immediately out of my involvement with a religious movement called Heart’s Home who have used the spirituality of Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967) and Catherine Doherty (1896–1985) to serve the poorest of the poor through offering their compassionate presence. ... I believe that God alone has loved us to the utmost extent and God alone can save us. This book in eleven chapters seeks to make a complete sketch of a compassionate theology of Holy Saturday in which one theological moment will be used to interpret the most important aspects of Christianity with the hope that this theology makes Christianity relevant to you. Or, put differently, you will come to know the compassionate presence of Jesus Christ in your life.

The book will be available through Fortress Press, who published my previous book. We will have some work to do to bring it to you as soon as possible, but please keep praying and following here for news about when it is available. I can't wait for you to read it!

would you please share my book

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr, my book is available.

“Sutton’s deep penetration into Adrienne’s mystical gifts offers an excellent introduction to her unique vision and also helps hit the ‘reveal codes’ button for von Balthasar’s theology.” - Rev. Raymond Gawronski, S.J.

I don’t write here to sell books, but do share what I create in my writing and teaching. My newest book captures the foundation of my theological and spiritual work as I develop the profound mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr. You can find out more about it here.

If you’ve read my book, would you please considering sharing it with others by reviewing it in journals or online?

“In this significant monograph, Sutton brings expositional clarity and conceptual rigor to the extensive textual legacy of Adrienne von Speyr. It is a real accomplishment.” Dr. Paul Nimmo

All your help sharing my book gives me support to work on the next book, which will be available soon. I can’t wait to share this new one with you.

“This book has the potential to do for Adrienne von Speyr’s theology what Father Edward Oakes’ Pattern of Redemption did for Hans Urs von Balthasar’s in the mid-1990s, in this case by accessibly introducing Adrienne to a generation of students and scholars.” Dr. Matthew Levering

Please read and share my book. You can find it in print and as an ebook. Thank you for caring to share these ideas.

lohfink on jesus

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

I loved using Gerhard Lohfink’s book, Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was, for teaching a thoroughly biblical Christology in my introductory Christianity course. In order to the teach this wonderful book, I developed several reading assignment sheets. Here they are:

Reading Comprehension Sheets:

  1. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 1: Assignment 1
  2. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 2: Assignment 2
  3. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 3: Assignment 3
  4. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 4: Assignment 4
  5. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 5 - 6: Assignment 5
  6. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 7: Assignment 6
  7. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 8 - 9: Assignment 7
  8. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 11 - 12: Assignment 8
  9. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 13: Assignment 9
  10. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 15: Assignment 10
  11. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 16 - 17: Assignment 11
  12. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 18: Assignment 12
  13. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 19: Assignment 13
  14. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 20: Assignment 14
  15. Lohfink - Jesus - Chapter 21: Assignment 15

Gerard Lohfink, Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was, trans. Linda M. Maloney (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012). ISBN: 978-0814683088. Paperback, Kindle.

lohfink on the church

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I loved using Gerhard Lohfink’s book, Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God, for teaching a thoroughly biblical Catholic theology of the Church. In order to the teach this wonderful book, I developed several reading assignment sheets. Here they are:

Reading Comprehension Sheets:

  1. Lohfink - Need - pgs. vii - 26: Assignment 1
  2. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 26 - 49: Assignment 2
  3. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 50 - 74: Assignment 3
  4. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 74 - 106: Assignment 4
  5. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 106 - 120: Assignment 5
  6. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 121 - 134: Assignment 6
  7. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 134 - 150: Assignment 7
  8. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 150 - 184: Assignment 8
  9. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 184 - 201: Assignment 9
  10. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 203 - 236: Assignment 10
  11. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 236 - 264: Assignment 11
  12. Lohfink - Need - pgs. 264 - 309: Assignment 12

Gerard Lohfink, Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God, trans. Linda M. Maloney (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999). ISBN: 0814659284. Paperback, Kindle.

review of heaven opens

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The kind, Cyrus Olsen of the University of Scranton, reviews my book, Heaven Opens:

"The central thesis of the book is that the fulfilled mission of the Son opens heaven “to the Trinity and reveals the original image of the eternal, immanent relations of triune love”. Given that the bulk of von Speyr’s work is untranslated, Sutton’s study of the German and French renders a great service to the church and the academy in English-speaking contexts. ... Von Speyr needs an apologist capable of accounting for her analogical imagination if her trinitarian theology is to be taken more seriously today. ... Sutton may be poised to deliver an account."

Review PDF here. Citation: Cyrus P. Olsen, III (2014). Horizons, 41, pp 401-402 doi:10.1017/hor.2014.66

Buy my book on amazon or learn more here.

turning points

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Mark Noll on Christianity

I loved using Mark Knoll’s book, Turning Points, for teaching the significant dates of the history of Christianity. I don’t use it any more for various reasons including curriculum changes with our intro to Christianity course. Still, I loved it and here are my reading assignment sheets for it:

Introduction: Assignment 1

Chapter 1 and 2 (Dates: 70 and 352): Assignment 2

Chapter 3 and 4 (Dates: 451 and 530): Assignment 3

Chapter 5 and 6 (Dates: 800 and 1054): Assignment 4

Chapter 7 and 8 (Dates: 1520 and 1534): Assignment 5

Chapter 9 (Dates: 1540): Assignment 6

Chapter 10 and 11 (Dates: 1738 and 1789): Assignment 7

Chapter 12 - 13 and Afterward (Dates: 1910 and 1962-65): Assignment 8

why are we reading this

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

Your professor (that’s me) has assigned you several required books because he thinks they will guide you to your goal to be a young intellectual and wisdom professional.

Some speak about this current age as the Information Age because so much information is accessible to so many people. Something new has happened in the history of humanity. Time was, one would need to undergo heroic tasks to acquire the information that is now so readily available to you on your phone, wrist, or glasses. There is something great here for the future of humanity, but most use this Information Age to access stupid information. You know what I’m talking about. Now you know, but did you really need to know?

Your educational path with me means that I hope to train you in becoming a wisdom professional — accessing the galactic nebulae of information, guiding them into sun-forming knowledge (something that you know and that’s not just accessible to you) and then transforming it a proper solar system of wisdom (knowledge that now guides you toward being a better you and guides our culture to being a better culture).

That’s me — forming your mind into a solar system — and that’s why we are reading this.