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

Rowan Williams , David Jones
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27 Mar 2007
'Tokens of Trust' presents an introduction to the Christian faith which explores the key themes of Christian belief and the reality of living them.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (27 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853118036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853118036
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dr Williams, careful neither to put off the beginner with a forbidding demandingness nor to blunt the definitiveness of Christianity's description of the plight of the human race and the salvation it is offered, achieves a remarkable degress of success ... What follows, lucid, warm, never intimidating - a sea, as was long ago said of Christianity itself, shallow enough for children to paddle in, deep enough for the wise to swim in - could not have been written without, behind it, decades of theological and philosophical study ... The David Jones paintings reproduced in Tokens of Trust are subtle and beautiful ... a neat and nicely printed hardback, is a bargain.' -- Lucy Beckett Times Literary Supplement 'This book is likely to become a classic of devotion for our time.' The Reader 'This book is full of quotable quotes about the faith we profess; complex theology is unpacked gently and carefully, back-tracking frequently to address the reader's possible mental interactions with "what about?" It would be a valuable help for beginners in the faith as well as a refresher for those who are older. The illustrations and photographs enhance its presentation and its message'. -- Maureen CSF Franciscan 20090901 'This book interprets the two main creeds of Christianity, but it is not about who had the numbers at Nicea. If you wonder how anything surprising, deep or original can still be said about the creeds, then this is the book for you.We read Rowan Williams for the surprises. Then for the deth of his teaching and the originality of his views'. The Melbourne Anglican 'This is a slim, beautifully produced and utterly readable book. It is the taking questions and objections to Christianity seriously, the honest tussling with difficult issues and the implications of belief for a whole way of life, that make me think the book would be ideal for someone who was either confirmed or seriously questioning about Christianity. But it is equally a book for those who have long experience of the faith.' -- Sister Judith Fairacres Chronicle 'This would make an excellent book to recommend to someone curious about Christian belief, or to use as a textbook for a confirmation course, or for all those who want to know the deepest theological convictions of the current Archbishop of Canterbury ... It is attractive, affordable and a delight to read.' -- Robert MacSwain 2007

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Rowan williams is the Archbishop of Canterbury and an outstanding contemporary theologian.

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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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