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Things Seen and Unseen

Things Seen and Unseen

A Catholic Theologian's Notebook 

Author: Lawrence S. Cunningham

Regular Price: $20.00

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Format: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-933495-25-5

Imprint: Sorin Books

On-sale date: October 1, 2010

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From Lawrence Cunningham, Christianity editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions, comes this captivating collection of personal notes, memories, spiritual theology, and daily epiphanies from the life of a beloved Catholic theologian and longtime editor of Commonweal’s “Booknotes” column.

For most of his professional life, University of Notre Dame professor Lawrence Cunningham has kept notebooks filled with memories, ideas, and reflections on the events that captured his attention in a given day. Things Seen and Unseen: A Catholic Theologian's Notebook gathers together a selection of these notes, revealing a unique window into the mind and heart of an exceptional theologian. Cunningham’s notes provide insightful, spirited, and wickedly funny commentary on the messy, comic, tragic, and ultimately beautiful realities of the diverse landscape of contemporary Catholicism.

Scholarly, popular, and personal in equal amounts, Things Seen and Unseen considers the legacy of such spiritual figures as Simone Weil, the interplay between religion and pop culture at Christmastime and Easter, and the always-difficult balance between family and work. Cunningham also addresses difficult issues like the quality of Church leadership, the commercialization of spirituality, and the sad contrast between the ideal of Christian charity and the pettiness that can pervade everyday church life. In all things, Cunningham inspires readers with his deep love for and steadfast devotion to the Church.


"Exceedingly wise, articulate, provocative, funny."

“Reading Cunningham is like listening to an exceedingly wise, articulate, provocative, funny and, above all, compassionate man who passionately wants you to meet the God he knows so well. Everything he writes is worth reading—often over and over. Highly recommended!”

Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

"Utterly hilarious."

“Airplane travel is notoriously awful, but every so often the fates smile and you end up next to a sparkling conversationalist—erudite yet unpretentious, utterly hilarious, the kind of person who even hiccups in epigrams. Lawrence Cunningham is just such a personality, and reading Things Seen and Unseen is like taking the trip of a lifetime in his company. Settle in and enjoy the ride!”

John L. Allen Jr., Senior Correspondent,
National Catholic Reporter

"We meet a remarkable teacher."

"Asked his goal as a teacher Cunningham first says 'to convey a love of learning,' then shyly refers to a well-known text, 'the love of learning and desire for God.' In these journal notes we meet a remarkable teacher who gracefully bears witness to that love and desire."

David J. O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Holy Cross College

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