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The Education of Christian Faith

Critical and Literary Encounters with the New Testament

Kenneth Cragg was first in Jerusalem in 1939, and subsequently became deeply involved in areas of faith between Semitic religions under the stress of current politics. He later pursued doctoral studies in Oxford where he first graduated and became ‘Prizeman’in Theology and Moral Philosophy, and where he is now an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College. He was a Bishop in the Anglican Jurisdiction in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the Middle East, and played ecclesiastical roles in Africa and India. A Certain Sympathy of Scriptures is a companion book to his Readings in the Qur’an (1988; 1999), and more broadly to his Faiths in Their Pronouns: Websites of Identity (2002). Other works by Bishop Cragg, and published by Sussex Academic Press, include: With God in Human Trust – Christian Faith and Contemporary Humanism; and The Weight in the Word – Prophethood, Biblical and Quranic.


A fascinating and deeply learned book. The core theme is learning. The book rests on a presentation of Jesus as having undergone a process of education: he learned through suffering (Heb. 5:8). Cragg develops this theme through a many-sided conversation with some modern figures who provide case studies in Christ-learning: Hooker, Newman, Browning, Faulkner, Kipling, Nietzsche and Wilde. This is an exceptional work: first, here is a christology that refuses to downplay the full, human obedience of Jesus, and takes time, history and process seriously; second, this christology becomes integral to an engagement with contemporary culture which would be hard to match for thoroughness, sensitivity and profundity. A very significant achievement.
The Expository Times


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-902210-49-0
Paperback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: June 2000
   
Page Extent / Format: 252 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

 



Preface

Then and There

Chapter One: Jesus in His Christ Experience
Chapter Two: The First World: Galilee and Jerusalem
Chapter Three: Into Mediterranean Dispersion here and since
Chapter Four: In the Cares of New Testament Scholarship
Chapter Five: In the Ebbing of Ecclesiastical Polity – with the Heirs of Richard Hooker
Chapter Six: Amid the Irony of “Kindly Light” – with John Henry Newman
Chapter Seven: Through the Reach of Poetic Doubt – with Robert Browning
Chapter Eight: Down Among the Human Dregs – with William Faulkner
Chapter Nine: In the Pride and Prejudice of Empire – with Rudyard Kipling
Chapter Ten: At the Madman’s Bell Ringing the Death of God – with Friedrich Nietzsche
Chapter Eleven: In the Homo-Erotic World – with Oscar Wilde and De Profundis
Chapter Twelve: Christ-Learning as Personal Crisis

Notes
Index of Names and Terms
Index of Themes
Scriptural Citations


A fascinating and deeply learned book. The core theme is learning. The book rests on a presentation of Jesus as having undergone a process of education: he learned through suffering (Heb. 5:8). Cragg develops this theme through a many-sided conversation with some modern figures who provide case studies in Christ-learning: Hooker, Newman, Browning, Faulkner, Kipling, Nietzsche and Wilde. This is an exceptional work: first, here is a christology that refuses to downplay the full, human obedience of Jesus, and takes time, history and process seriously; second, this christology becomes integral to an engagement with contemporary culture which would be hard to match for thoroughness, sensitivity and profundity. A very significant achievement.
The Expository Times

Written in a strikingly subtle and penetrating style, this volume reveals an immense erudition, and a truly extraordinary moral and religious sensitivity, theological acumen and critical awareness, literary and other.
W. D. Davies, Emeritus Professor, Duke University


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