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November 27, 2012

Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams

I've long been fascinated by Rowan Williams, though his writing can be tough to penetrate.  This new book appears to be a helpful guide to his "Lenten theology."  As one reviewer notes:

[P]erhaps there are seasons in the church's earthly pilgrimage in which a theology of Lent requires special emphasis. Maybe the low notes of penitence and apophaticism need, at times, to be sounded more than do the joyous strains of Christmas or Pentecost. If our time is indeed, as Charles Taylor has dubbed it, "a secular age" in which the shiny promises of prosperity and certainty have become impossible for many would-be believers to accept, then perhaps we need a Lenten theology as an antidote. Perhaps we need to be reminded of the difficulty, and not just the clarity, of the gospel we preach. If so, there's no better Lenten theology than that of Rowan Williams.

 

Posted by Rob Vischer on November 27, 2012 at 09:33 AM in Vischer, Rob | Permalink

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