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Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief [Paperback]

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29 Jun 2010

What does it mean to believe in God? Can God possibly be almighty in the midst of so much evil and disaster? How am I to understand the meaning of Jesus Christ's ministry and resurrection? To what purpose is the church called? And what does it really mean to follow Christ in today's broken world? Tying together the answers to all of these questions and addressing perplexities such as the possibility of miracles and how to read the Bible, Rowan Williams demonstrates that each of the basic tenets of Christian faith flows from one fundamental belief: that God is completely worthy of our trust. With vast knowledge of Christian history and theology and characteristically elegant prose, Rowan Williams is a superb and compassionate guide through the richness and depth of Christian faith.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.; Reprint edition (29 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664236995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664236991
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is a happy coincidence that the most important Protestant theologian in the world is also the best." "The Christian Century"

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Rowan williams is the Archbishop of Canterbury and an outstanding contemporary theologian. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Meaning to Mystery 28 May 2007
'Tokens of Trust' explores the meaning of the Christian creed in a clear, crisp and concise manner. Whereas many writers seek to demystify the Gospel through analytic deconstruction, Rowan Williams develops the gospel's sense of mystery and encourages a relationship of trust between the reader and his/her maker, the communion of humanity and the world created according God's order. This work is fundamentally spiritual and uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful clarity. 7 May 2008
By jake
I thought this would be a very dry book, but it is a passionate explanation of Christianity. I've read it several times and often found more in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tokens of Trust 8 May 2009
By Edge
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One of the best introductions to the meaning of Christianity. Written with deep insight. I would suggest this to people of all faiths and unbeliever.
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Tokens of Trust is an excellent book. One that I would recommend to new belivers or anyone seeking an acessible refresher of what characteristics lie at the heart of the Christian faith. That is because Rowan Williams analyses Christianity in an applicable and relevant way; one that avoids religious jargon or overuse of (direct) Bible verses in favour of a discussion that lets you see how to actually live a trusting life (using the Creeds - or statements of belief - as guidelines). Here are some of the main points:

Page 8 "-to pick up two centrally important words in the Letter to the Ephesians - peace and praise. This and this alone is God's 'agenda'."

Page 35 "..the moment of creation is now. ...It means that within every circumstance, every object, every person, God's action is going on, a sort of white heat at the centre of everything. ... whatever you encounter is there because God chose that it should be there."

Page 37 "Faith doesn't try and give you an alternative theory about the mechanics of the world; it invites you to take a step further, beyond the nuts and bolts, even beyond the Big Bang, to imagine an activity so unrestricted, so supremely itself, that it depends on nothing and is constantly pouring itself out so that the reality we know depends on it."

Page 38 "Christianity says that the sum total of all that there is is held together by God's action and will, and that God is not 'exhausted by that - if you took the universe away, there would still be a God no less great that before."

Page 44 "I have been trying to suggest the picture of a God whose almighty power is more of a steady swell of loving presence, always there at work in the centre of everything that is, opening the door to a future even when we can see no hope."
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By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is based on Rowan Williams' talks in Canterbury Cathedral during Holy Week 2005 and is an introduction to Christianity focusing on six major themes - trusting in God, creation, Jesus, suffering, the church and life after death. These themes are considered with reference to the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed alongside reflections on historical characters such as St Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and modern people and events.

The book doesn't presuppose significant knowledge about Christianity but the writing style is rather wordy and feels a little more academic than usual in books aimed for this market. It isn't the usual checklist of basic Christian beliefs but is instead a well-written and interesting approach in discussing the trustworthy and unchanging love of God and how we begin to live in the light of this knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In God we trust! 17 Dec 2011
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'Tokens of Trust' takes us on a revealing ride from 'the crisis of trust' discussed in the first chapter to the poetry of George Herbert, and tells us much about ways into understanding the pillars of the faith on route. That God's agenda is for a
'reconciled world' is a tremendous hope. That so many wise insights from others are included, from Thomas Aquinas to Tom Stoppard is also a real pleasure.

I found the analysis of the activity of some of the great figures of the bible very helpful, and particularly the thought of
'Abraham, Moses and St Paul' not questioning God's existence but, 'caught up in something the imperative reality of which they can't deny or ignore'.

I liked the use of the chapter title, 'A Man for All Seasons' for Jesus Christ - previously I had associated the title only with Thomas More and Charlton Heston! This chapter showed much light on its subject.

The conversational style of the book is a great gift to the reader.

'Tokens of Trust' is a book for all seasons and a firm basis for hope.
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