this is a compelling book, challenging Christians and atheists alike. He presents a deeply authentic spirituality which reaches into the profound mystery at the centre of Christian faith. --Rt Revd Laurie Green, Bishop of Bradwell
Writing with an admirable lucidity and following a tight line of argument, Michael Hampson outlines a credible Christian theology for the twenty-first century. --Canon David Peacock, Former Pro-Rector, University of Surrey Roehampton
Western Christianity is at a major impasse, and this book gives you the major reasons why. As long as we have a punitive, petty God, whose love is entirely conditional, how can we expect history to be any different? Thank you, Michael Hampson! --Fr Richard Rohr OFM, author of " Everything Belongs"
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The Christian faith stands accused of arrogance,
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hypocrisy, abuse of power, imperialism, dictatorship and
genocide, discredited variously by science, rationalism,
pluralism, Vatican politics and protestant
fundamentalism, and finally rendered obsolete by
democracy, wealth, technology, and even the church's
own liberal wing. Once the monopoly player in the
western spiritual marketplace, it looks increasingly like a
bankrupt corporation destroyed by the weight of its own
God without God has no argument with science or
atheism or pluralism - indeed it takes these as its
premises, then sets out to explore what remains of the
western spiritual tradition. It finds right at the heart of
that tradition a concept of the divine far more complex
and mysterious than that which the atheist rightly rejects.
We move beyond theism and atheism to consider the
mystery of existence itself, discovering a tradition full of
contemporary resonance, with a profound and timeless
integrity for body, mind and spirit.