Untimely Christianity: Hearing the Bible in a Secular Age
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Untimely Christianity: Hearing the Bible in a Secular Age  -     Translated By: John Marson Dunaway
    By: Michael Edwards

Untimely Christianity: Hearing the Bible in a Secular Age

Translated By: John Marson Dunaway
Fortress Press / 2022 / Paperback

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Title: Untimely Christianity: Hearing the Bible in a Secular Age
By: Michael Edwards
Translated By: John Marson Dunaway
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 150648087X
ISBN-13: 9781506480879
Stock No: WW480871

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Christianity is always untimely, always foreign to our beliefs and contrary to our desires. It was untimely in Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome when Jesus and his early followers were killed. It is just as untimely now. But we have become deaf to its otherness, to the disruptive strangeness of Christian faith. If we are to hear it again, we must traverse the distance between our comfortable and overly conceptual Christianity and the true Christianity that "turns the whole world upside down."

In Untimely Christianity, acclaimed poet and literary scholar Michael Edwards calls for a countercultural Christianity that recovers the Bible's radical otherness and renews our habits of attention to its message--to its revelation of a God who is not merely a set of doctrines but a person, someone we can know. Edwards's work is an eloquent, prophetic effort to recapture the revolutionary power of the Bible to transform the way humans view the world and how they live in it. Rich in theology, philosophy, poetry, biblical interpretation, and cultural criticism, Untimely Christianity invites readers of all kinds to encounter the Bible anew, as "a continuous questioning of the reader and a prodigious expansion of reality."

Author Bio

Sir Michael Edwards is a celebrated poet and literary scholar. He is an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge; Emeritus Professor at the Collège de France; and the first British person elected to the prestigious Académie française. He is the author of numerous scholarly books on literature, art and theology, as well as several collections of poetry.

John Marson Dunaway is professor emeritus of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Alister McGrath is a theologian, intellectual historian, Christian apologist, and Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He has written numerous books, including C. S. Lewis: A Life, The Dawkins Delusion?, and Mere Discipleship.

Editorial Reviews

"Untimely Christianity offers an acutely discerning reflection on the conscience-searing language of Jesus, and the startling otherness of the words of biblical poetry from the Psalms, Prophets, and sayings of Christ." --David Lyle Jeffrey, author of Scripture and the English Poetic Imagination

"Michael Edwards reminds us that it is dangerous to read the Bible. His piercingly beautiful essay restores the surprising strangeness of the text. Christians will find their faith made startlingly strange, while nonbelievers will be beguiled by this elegant, nonpietistic presentation of the compelling nature of faith." --Alison Grant Milbank, author of God and the Gothic

"If you want to know how to hear the Bible, read this book." --Kevin Hart, author of Barefoot: Poems

"Edwards's book challenges us to embark upon a more authentic search for the truth about our humanity and our plight in this world through a fresh encounter with the Bible." --John P. Hittinger, author of The Vocation of a Catholic Philosopher

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