Blasi, Anthony J.
Anthony J. Blasi (PhD, sociology, Notre Dame; ThD Regis College and the University of Toronto) has written numerous books and articles, principally in the sociology of religion, including A Sociology of Johannine Christianity (Mellen, 1996). He is Professor of Sociology at Tennessee State University.2002 0-7734-7163-41996 0-7734-8753-0
This study uncovers the first-century community dynamics that occurred among the people to whom the Gospel of John is addressed. It first separates early from late passages, then portrays the local social situation around each layer of literary tradition. Following the successive portrayals, the study finds a change from the 'forum' social situation to a 'jurisdictional dispute', and then to a schism between Christians and non-Christians within a local synagogue. Following the schism came the formation of separate Jewish and Christian identities, a high christology among the Christians, and a conformance on the part of part of the Johannines to the practices of other Christian groups. Special discussions focus on Johannine conceptions of ultimacy, the desyncretizing activity among the Johannine Christians, and their similitude of modernity.2004 0-7734-6391-7
This study is about the experiences of the people who served the American Catholic Church in religious orders and subsequently left those orders. This work reveals what aspects of their religious formation remained with them during the course of their lay lives and continue to inspire them, and what were the insurmountable problems for them when they tried to serve the Church within the framework of the traditional vows and communal life.