Holloway's radical book is a rescue attempt, a heartfelt and passionately argued case for salvaging the challenge of Jesus by revealing the essence of his teachings and showing why they remain revolutionary, humane and of massive spiritual importance. It answers the seemingly tormenting questions in a completely satisfying way -- Ruth Rendell 'One of the most extraordinary churchmen of our time' Sunday Times Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church until he stood down in 2000. It is published 10 times a year and carries 19 regional newspapers that provide important local information for Anglican dioceses. Robinson and John Shelby Spong, Holloway, formerly Bishop of Edinburgh, shows why Christianity often seems irrelevant to the contemporary world and what it must do to retain its vitality. It may be gone tomorrow! AbeBooks has millions of books. The Anglican Journal is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada.
He invokes atheists Marx, Nietzsche, Richard Dawkins, Richard Rorty and a variety of modern films to prove his case. Some have accused Holloway of overstating his case and misrepresenting traditional theology. It would make a fine companion for anyone who wishes to live a life of any depth, offering the voice of an intelligent, compassionate friend in a bewildering universe of pain, joy and absurdity. Between 1959 and 1986 he was a curate, vicar and rector at various parishes in England, Scotland and the United Sta Richard F. Traditional Christian doctrines such as original sin, hell, the resurrection of Christ and the inerrancy of the Bible have no power in the modern world, says Holloway, because they fail to emphasize the central meaning of the Christian faith. Arguing that a literal belief in Christ's resurrection from the dead is not necessary to the Christian faith, he suggests that it is more meaningful to think of resurrection as simply a transformation and to help others bring new life to communities still held in the grip of death.
However, this is a man who has given the greater part of his life to a wholehearted living out of the Gospel and helping others to do the same. Between 1959 and 1986 he was a curate, vicar and rector at various parishes in England, Scotland and the United States. He was Bishop of Edinburgh from 1986 and was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1992. Holloway's book will certainly appeal to followers of Matthew Fox and Spong, but his unoriginal thesis offers no particularly new or illuminating insights that haven't already been revealed more engagingly and fully by these others. Holloway was educated at Kelham Theological College, Edinburgh Theological College and the Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
The Kingdom of Jesus is concerned with present, not future. He liberates the power of the great Christian stories from their sometimes antiquated settings, and reveals the essence of Jesus's teachings. The other criticism I have is that this book originated as a series of lectures for Gresham College in London. Richard Holloway, a former Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity in the City of London, is a Fellow of the Royal Society. He rightly accuses the Church of an unwarranted and unhealthy rejection of the world, and invokes the radical monk Thomas Merton and the missionary Albert Schweitzer to present a hopeful, affirming attitude to life. In doing so he demonstrates the power of the great Christian stories as they apply today, away from their sometimes antiquated settings, providing a blueprint which takes the core teachings of the Christian past and invigorates them with renewed power for today's world.
The flavour of the writing is exquisite, the mixture of sources from which he draws is strong, and the whole experience is intoxicating and leaves one with a jaunty sense of euphoria. He reexamines the doctrines of Christianity in order to craft a practical ethic for our own time, seeking to liberate the power of these great themes from their sometimes antiquated settings. In the second part, entitled 'Rebuilding the Ruins', Richard Holloway explores what it means to follow Jesus. London Bishop Richard Holloway, until last year the head of the Scottish Episcopal Anglican Church, has admitted that he may have ceased to be a Christian although he has given his life to the faith. One of the fascinating things about Doubts and Loves is the light it sheds on the writer. He deconstructs the doctrines of Christianity to craft from the past a usable ethic for our own time, anxious to release the power of these great themes from the antiquated containers that convey them.
I have to accept that Holloway is speaking to certain strains of Anglicanism which he detests, but the strains he presents are not representative of a wider Christian faith nor I have read other books of his and enjoyed them for their clarity and perception, but this is not a particularly good book: Holloway sets up a number of straw men which he claims to be representative of Christianity, and then he tries to knock them down. Holloway is well-known for his support of liberal causes, including campaigning on human rights for gay and lesbian people in both Church and State. I like his philosophical pragmatism that describes belief as a habit of action, rather than a matter of believing or disbelieving propositions. Holloway is a former Bishop of Edinburgh, and his book opened windows for me. His arguments are convoluted and his references appear very limited.
Gradually a Christian came to be thought of not as one who lives and acts in a certain way, but as one who holds certain convictions or theories. If institutions are to endure they have to place a higher value on their own endurance than on loyalty to individuals, no matter how attractive or charismatic they may be. Holloway's radical book revels in pluralism, making cultural, political, sociological and philosophical connections that offer spiritual hope. The Bible was written by human beings, with all the longings, prejudices and illusions that characterise us as a species. Because like many others in this post - modern theological world what Holloway is striving for is discipleship of Jesus without buying into the theological, moral and ecclesiological trappings of 2000 years of the Christian church. In the third part of Doubts and Loves Holloway asks the question, 'What is left of Christianity? Holloway has been a reviewer and writer for the broadsheet press for several years, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Sunday Herald and The Scotsman.
A reminder of the humanity of theology and tradition, and a challenge to be humane in the way we use it. Doubts and Loves - What Is Left of Christianity Author s : Share In this passionate and heartfelt book, Richard Holloway interrogates the traditional ways of understanding the Bible. Christianity was born in conflict, and it has been characterised by conflict ever since. It is bravely agnostic written by an Anglican bishop and morally testing. Holloway born 26 November 1933 is a Scottish writer and broadcaster and was formerly Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The author discusses the holocaust through the powerful novel, The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart to explore the Christian understanding of hell, where hope dies.
In this first part Holloway reviews the sad state of Christianity in much of the world, torn as it is between the strident voices of conservative Christianity and the abandonment of religious practice by many others. Holloway presented the second of the Radio 4 Lent Talks on 11 March 2009. Holloway was educated at Kelham Theological College, Edinburgh Theological College and the Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Doubts and Loves should be a controversial book. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Holloway was Professor of Divinity at Gresham College in the City of London. He was also a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission and is currently chair of the Scottish Arts Council and of Sistema Scotland.
May be paid by Bank Deposit, Australia Post Money Order, or PayPal. This is an idea which Holloway has developed before, when he used the metaphor of playing jazz to construct an idea of ethics and theology in perpetual evolution. The book is a rescue attempt, an argued case for salvaging the challenge of Jesus by revealing the essence of his teachings and showing why they remain revolutionary, humane and of massive spiritual importance. . In doing so he demonstrates the power of the great Christian stories as they apply today, away from their sometimes antiquated settings, providing a blueprint which takes the core teachings of the Christian past and invigorates them with renewed power for today's world.