Narratives for Today's Church
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“John Watson describes this extraordinary book as a series
of love stories. So it is; and it is itself as a whole a sort of
love story, a record of the love of God that is awakened by the
variety of ways in which God touches human struggle and growing.
None of these portraits is here to prove a point; each one is here
to open a door. Some will be very hard reading for anyone committed
to the traditional practice of the Church; some will show how that
traditional practice nurtures absolutely unselfconscious holiness
and maturity; some leave an open wound as well as an open door.
But all the reader has to do is pay attention and suspend the arguments
so that what God is doing in these lives may come through. The time
comes when we have to return to arguments, to hard decisions and
either-ors. When it comes, God grant that the experience of listening
and absorbing stories like these will at least save us from complacency
and the passion to decide where God can and cannot be at work.”
From the Foreword by The Most Revd Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury
To find the Church, you have to be beyond the churches.
Most Christians on the main thoroughfares of Catholicism, Orthodoxy
and Protestantism, are not merely divided from each other, but are
unsympathetic towards each other. On the quiet byways and on tranquil
pilgrim paths, there are those who recognize each other unconditionally,
exercising vital patience and graceful greatness in resolving dogmatic
discord and ethical egregiousness. Fresh solutions to enduring problems
The episodes recorded in this book are all true. They were born from despair with religion in its normal managerial role, defining the brand and excluding the alternatives; but hope is greater than despair. Christianity is an inclusive movement of the mind and spirit, present in a series of exclusivist organizations. The will to be free is always present in the structures. These stories have been related here to show that there is a better future for the Church, and that this better future is for Today’s Church.
|Paperback Price:||£13.95 / $25.00|
|Release Date:||August 2004|
|Page Extent / Format:||160 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
Foreword by Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
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“Watson calls these tales ‘love stories’. Love stories usually have happy endings. Although many of these stories end with the beloved’s death, sometimes tragically, they are nevertheless stories of christian love because they ‘show that there is a better future for the Church and that it is being lived now’. With Christians Observed Watson has redefined the love story and shown us how Christian love can truly live in our fallen, institutionalized world.” Watani International
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