Thursday, August 9, 2007

Caught between chaos and promise: Fr. Albert Nolan Pocasts


Episode 1: Jesus was amazingly free (21 min.)

Episode 2: People are disillusioned (22 min.)

Episode 3: New voices give hope and the ‘new science’ (17 min.)

Episode 4: Jesus’ spirituality (26 min.)

Episode 5: In the presence of colossal mystery (21 min.)

Episode 6: The sharing Jesus had in mind (22 min)

Dominican Fr. Albert Nolan, 73, was born in Cape Town, South Africa as a fourth-generation South African of English descent. Reading the works of Thomas Merton, Nolan became attracted to the idea of religious life. Eventually he joined the Dominican Order in 1954, and studied in South Africa and Rome, where he received a doctorate. From 1976 to 1984, he was Vicar-General of the Dominicans in South Africa. In 1984, he was elected the Master of the Dominican Order. He however declined the office which would have meant transferring to his order's Rome headquarters, preferring to remain in South Africa during this decade of intense political and social transition. In the 1990s, as a result of his conviction that theology must come from the grassroots level and not an academic, he started a radical church magazine called Challenge, of which he was the editor for many years. From 2000-2004, Nolan served a third term as Vicar-General of the Dominicans in South Africa.

He is the author of Jesus Before Christianity, which is the best selling book ever published by Orbis Books, and last year, Jesus Today, A Spirituality of Radical Freedom.

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