Grace - the free, unconditional and limitless love of God - is one of the epic words of the Christian faith and a key part of what is most distinctive about it. It lies at the heart of what is proclaimed in the Gospel, but is not well understood, even by Christians. For centuries, Christians have laboured under two opposing misunderstandings: the Catholic view: We must strive to be good in order to deserve God's love,or the Protestant view: Humankind is so sinful, we can do no good at all. To set a great imbalance right, this volume explores what grace is; how it flows from an understanding of the Trinity; how it becomes visible in the life of Christ; grace in creation, human freedom and the Church; ways of thinking about grace and living the life of grace.
Andrew is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and fellow in theology at Corpus Christi College. He studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and has doctorates in both biochemistry and Christian theology. His books are
- The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians
- Care of the Dying (with the physician Sioned Evans)
- Why Sacraments?
- For the Parish (with Alison Milbank, on the church and mission)
- Imaginative Apologetics (as editor and contributor)
- Lift Up Your Hearts: A Prayerbook for Anglicans (with Andrew Nunn and Toby Wright)
He is also the editor of the series Faith Going Deeper, from Canterbury Press, which presents exciting academic theology to a popular audience. The volumes published so far are Grace (Peter Groves), Joy (Peter Waddell, on the sacraments) and Faith and Unbelief (Stephen Bullivant).
He is a regular contributor to Church Times and represents the Church of England on the national dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in England. During his curacy Andrew was responsible for youth and children's work in his South East London parish. Since 2010 he has been par at of the team producing Sarah Lenton's acclaimed series Creative Ideas for Children's Worship from Canterbury Press.