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How do Christians understand providence, divine action, and other religious realities in our complex, multivalent world? In this important work, expanded from his Princeton Warfield Lectures, renowned ethicist James Gustafson strongly urges Christians to take a harder look at their religious discourse and its relationship to their whole worldview. Pastors, theologians, and laypeople alike, he argues, regularly and unthinkingly accommodate their religious views to other realms, or allow their religious views to be manipulated for other purposes.
This beautiful book offers poems and literary pieces for Sundays and principal feasts throughout the liturgical year. Each selection relates to an aspect of the Scripture readings for the Eucharist in the Revised Common Lectionary, the Roman Catholic lectionary, and the Book of Common Prayer. Drawn from many centuries and many countries-including Britain, Ireland, North America, Africa, and Australia, these readings bridging literature and liturgy can prompt private prayer or public worship through imaginative engagement. A short note before each passage connects with an idea, image, or story found in one of the biblical readings or the seasonal theme. From Robert Herrick to Brendan Kennelly, from Christina Rossetti to Emily Dickinson, from Dante to Monica Furlong, the poets, novelists, and playwrights gathered here bring an added dimension that graces the life of the church.