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Difficult Gospel

The Theology of Rowan Williams

Difficult Gospel

The Theology of Rowan Williams

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334029410
Number of Pages: 186
Published: 01/08/2004
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Rowan Wiliams, is widely recognised as a creative and powerful theologian, but his theological writings are frequently complex and difficult. This book provides a clear and simple guide to the main themes of his theology, and shows how they are related to his reading of the Bible, his careful and wide-ranging engagement with the Christian tradition, and his grappling with contemporary culture. It shows how the Archbishop's ideas about peace or about popular culture, about sexuality or about evangelism, relate to his understanding of the life of God, and of the challenging good news of Jesus christ. The book is designed especially for those who have no academic expertise or formal training in theology, but are interested in finding out more about what Rowan Williams stands for.

Mike Higton

Mike Higton is an Anglican theologian who has been a research fellow in the University of Cambridge and a consultant at the 1998 Lambeth Conference, and now lectures in theology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Christ, Providence and History(Continuum,2003) and numerous articles ,and co-editor with David Ford of Jesus(OUP 2002)and with John C McDowell of Conversing with Barth(Ashgate 2003) He lives on the edge of Dartmoor with his wife Hester.

"Mike Higton provides a wonderfully clear and gracefully written account of the central themes in the Rowan William's theology. (...) Mike Higton has not given us a dry, academic account of Rowan William's theology. But he does offer a simple but compelling re-telling of the central message of a fascinating theologian. At the same time the book cannot be dismissed as 'Williams lite' because it is enriched with Higton's own, imaginative illustrations. Do not miss it." Paul Richardson, ENGLAND ON SUNDAY.

"Higton introduces us to Williams as one who writes theology in three moods - celebratory, communicative and critical. (...) Higton is himself splendidly communicative of his own subject. One is left with a largely clear and faithful impression of William's own teaching. (...) This is an excellent and much needed book which has the potential to bring the breadth and the depth of William's writing and teaching to a wide readership and audience." THE TABLET, 23 October 2004.

" Higton is a faithful disciple, and persuasive." Lionel Wickam, TLS, November 26, 2004.

"Higton portrays very competently Williams passion that the difficult challenge of the gospel should be known and understood by the whole world. He also presents very clearly the implications of this for the church." David Baker, minister of Emmanuel Church, Tolworth, CHRISTIANITY, January 2005.

"No light read, but really worthwhile, and an excellent background to Rowan William's work." Jennie Jones, HOME AND FAMILY.

"I was moved and immensely stimulated by this book about the challenge of the Gospel.(...)This is a book to which I will return." Julian Reindrop, Minsitry Today, Summer 2005.

"Often books about other people's theology can be analytical and dry, but Higton has managed to write the six short chapters of this book in such a way that again and again I was stopped in my tracks to contemplate my being held in the wholly loving gaze of God." Geoffrey Burn, Whitfield, Theology, Nov/Dec 2005.