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Teachings for an Unbelieving World: A Review


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Cover of Teachings for an Unbelieving World By John Paul II“Teachings for an Unbelieving World: Newly Discovered Reflections on Paul’s Sermon at the Areopagus,” by John Paul II, then Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, was a treat to read.

The author of “Teachings for an Unbelieving World”

Karol Wojtyla was Archbishop of Krakow in the years after Vatican II when he penned 13 reflections on St. Paul’s sermon to the people of Athens in Acts 17. He used this section of scripture to articulate the Christian faith in a culture of skepticism and unbelief. I hadn’t ever read anything before by the man who would become one of the most popular and controversial popes of the 20th century. I was impressed by his intellect and depth.

Reading “Teachings for an Unbelieving World,” I gained an even deeper appreciation for Saint Paul as I read about his interaction with the people in Athens, Greece. John Paul II dissects this even to show how wise an evangelist and teacher the apostle Paul was.

13 Reflections

“Teachings for an Unbelieving World” is profound, but it is also easy to read due to the clarity and economy of words used. Each of the following reflections was concise and easy to understand:

  • humanity’s place in God’s creation;
  • our search for meaning, truth, and freedom;
  • addressing a culture of unbelief;
  • the gift of redemption in Jesus Christ;
  • the grace of the Holy Spirit;
  • the role of the Church in the world;
  • the power of the Eucharist;
  • the redemptive and self-giving nature of human love; and
  • the importance of prayer.

If you enjoy diving deeper into scripture, this book if for you. It’s perfect to add to your devotional time. You can purchase “Teachings for an Unbelieving World” today on Amazon.

I give “Teachings for an Unbelieving World” 5 Stars!

Thank you to NetGalley and Ave Maria Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.

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4 comments on “Teachings for an Unbelieving World: A Review

I really liked this Pope, and miss him. Thanks for sharing these. I haven’t thought about them in quite a while.

Hi Jacqui, Yes. His life was so fascinating. It was really cool to read his thoughts on this section of scripture from before he was even Pope. And I don’t think I’ve ever read anyon’s writings on this passage. It’s very well done.

This sounds like an interesting read–even for a Calvinist like me!

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Hi Jeff. I think you would like it. I’ve not read a commentary on this section of scripture before, so it was especially interesting to me.

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