The ascension of Christ is usually taken for granted and often neglected. Indeed, it represents that forgotten dimension of faith in its reach beyond the categories, concepts, and concerns of our mundane existence, even in the church. This book is written with the conviction that there are further riches to be discovered. Christ's ascension indelibly marks the limitless horizon of Christian life. It reminds us that the mission of evangelization is unconfined, always moving beyond, upward, outward, in the vitality of the risen Christ who already occupies every dimension of time and space. Properly understood, the ascension is a fundamental aspect of the catholicity of faith and enables it to breathe more deeply in its experience of "the boundless riches of Christ" (Eph 3:9).
Anthony J. Kelly, CSSR, is a professor of theology and philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Catholic Theological Association and a member of the Pontifical International Theological Commission. He is the author of God Is Love: The Heart of Christian Faith (Liturgical Press) and several other books.
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With Anthony Kelly's Upward: Faith, Church and the Ascension of Christ, you have an elegantly writeen and well-argued book that both fills a need and breaks new ground. The ascension has been widely neglected, resulting in the loss of some of the oxygen of faith that would enable us to breathe more deeply when experiencing "the boundless riches of Christ" (Eph 3:8). Kelly's book supplies this oxygen. It also breaks new ground by repeatedly illustrating how believe in Christ's ascension widely affects or should affect the experience of faith, the life of the Church, and its theology. . . . [A] rich book.
Australian eJournal of Theology
Kelly's rich and pathbreaking new book . . . focuses on Christ's ascension as the telos of the incarnation—not its termination, but its goal and extension. . . . The risen and ascended Christ's transformed humanity is the prime theological analogue for a fuller understanding and appreciation of corporeality, embracing also Christ's Eucharistic body and his ecclesial body. . . . With this fine book [Kelly] has provided the theological community a gift to be savored, pondered, and prayed.
Robert Imbelli, Boston College, Theological Studies