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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
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Bringing the biblical accounts of Jesus' trial vividly to life, Rowan Williams highlights what can be learned about Jesus from each of the four Gospel portraits. Mark shows a mysterious figure revealed as the Son of God. Matthew describes the Wisdom of God tried by foolish men. Luke presents a divine stranger. John speaks of the paradox of divinity submitting to judgement. These illuminating discussions are followed by a reflection on Christian martyrdom and a meditation on tyranny, freedom, and truth. A set of discussion questions and a thought-provoking prayer after each chapter make Christ on Trial an ideal book for study groups.
Throughout the book Williams draws not only from the Bible but also from fiction, drama, and current events, pointing up ways in which society today continues to put Christ on trial. Even more, he argues that all Christians stand with Jesus before a watching world. Though we may not be directly confronted with death, we are nevertheless called daily to respond to the falsehood of such lures as power, influence, and prestige.
Several words aptly describe this book by Rowan Williams: Profound. Incisive. Literary. Contemporary. Relevant. Prophetic. Christ on Trial will move and change those who read it.
This book merits comparison with Reinhold Niebuhrs Nature and Destiny of Man, and I expect it to be a benchmark for political theology for many years to come. -Jean Porter, University of Notre Dame
Oliver ODonovan presents us here with a thorough and reflective book on the essence of politics and its institutions. This is not merely another political science book, however, but an intellectual history of the very theological and philosophical ideas out of which our modern political rhetoric grew, including that system that sought to understand itself without revelation. Chesterton once remarked that the very purpose of the mind is ultimately to judge; in many ways, ODonovan rightly says, politics is a continual act of judgment, an effort to distinguish what is right from what is wrong. ODonovan carefully shows us what this means in the realm of politics and what are its transcendent implications. -James V. Schall, S.J.
Rather than supposing, as does some political theology, that the right political orientations are well understood and that theological beliefs should be renegotiated to fit them, ODonovan considers contemporary social and political realities to be impenetrably obscure and elusive. Finding the gospel proclamation luminous by contrast, ODonovan sheds light from the Christian faith upon the intricate challenge of seeking the good in late-modern Western society.
Pursuing his analysis in three movements, ODonovan first considers the paradigmatic political act, the act of judgment, and then takes up the question of forming political institutions through representation. Finally, he tackles the opposition between political institutions and the church, provocatively investigating how Christians can be the community instructed by Jesus to "judge not."
"If you are searching for a piece of writing by Rowan Williams that is accessible to a wide audience, look no farther. In Christ on Trial, Williams pays his reader the great compliment of presenting a rigorous and penetrating theological argument that will challenge the thinking of laypeople and professional theologians alike."