Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Disturbing vision …

… Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams | Books and Culture.

With skill and a keen eye for what makes for a helpful summary, Myers charts the way in which Williams relentlessly returns, like a finger finding its way back to a still-unhealed wound, to the themes of God's elusiveness, God's refusal to satisfy our yearning, our quest for uncomplicated assurance. One could take the subtitle of Williams' 2000 book of Lenten meditations, Christ on Trial, as an apt epigram for his theology as a whole: "the Gospel unsettles our judgment."


  1. julie3:04 PM

    I'm sorry...did I miss the part where "God is Love"? I think that's still in the Bible too...hmm...I missed "My thoughts are not your thoughts" or the voice out of the whirlwin thundering to Job about how little he and his friends understood too.

    With all due respect to the Archbishop making one's writing deliberatly difficult is a trick, not a communciation...and since that writing appears to be continuosly voluminously, one-sided, hmmm.

    The shorter the message the better I think. The Declaration of Independence is short -- the current laws and regulations are long.

    The Law was 631 (I think) rules at the time of Christ. He reduced them to two.

    John described God in 3 words. The Archbishop needs thousands and proably millions to describe ...something.

    A truimph of intellect over...soul? Over humility? hmmm...

  2. I couldn't agree with you more, Julie.I think that the hardest part of the Christian message for most people — myself included — is that God loves us. I have to remind myself of that all the time.