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5.0 out of 5 stars Heir to Robinson, 1 July 2013
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Mr. D. J. Warden "David Warden" (Bournemouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Religion Under Attack: Getting Theology Right! (Paperback)
It may be overstating it to say that Nigel Leaves is heir to John A T Robinson but this is a very readable and honest book which is unafraid to engage constructively with atheism and to sketch out possibilities for a radically reconstructed and humanistic type of Christianity. I like Cupitt as well (Leaves has written two excellent books on Cupitt) but Cupitt can be quite idiosyncratic whereas Leaves is pretty straightforward. His chapter on possibilities for reforming Islam was particularly helpful. Leaves's own vision of a reformed Christianity, however, is contained in the last chapter or two and I finished the book feeling that it needs a sequel to give more weight and substance to this vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theology Transformed, 11 Mar 2011
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Steven G. Ogden (Brisbane, Australia) - See all my reviews
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"Religion Under Attack" is a brave book and God knows the world needs some brave and compassionate words. But what do we mean by God? What about religion? The destructive manifestations of religion are plain to see. Is there a future? No wonder Nigel Leaves calls for a theological revolution.
Religion is under attack from all sides. It is an intelligent, robust, global affront too. So unless we treat this attack with respect, then religion has nothing new to say. As Leaves explores this assault, he tackles all the big issues ranging from the new atheists to Islamic voices of dissent and so-called "New Age" spirituality. And there are some real gems along the way, like his astute analysis of the Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion about using elements of sharia law or Alister McGrath's critique of postmodernity.
Leaves is at pains to put leading figures like Richard Dawkins in context and present an impartial assessment. The irony is that Leaves' dispassionate assessments produce telling insights. However, as Leaves demonstrates the breadth and depth of the attack on religion, he lays down the foundations for its reformation; or should I say its revolution.
"Religion Under Attack" is destined to become a classic, but it is not for the fainthearted. It is a brave, honest and compassionate examination of religion, which contains a seed of hope. Clearly, theology is the key; but a feisty, generous and inclusive theology that is inspired and informed by the mystery of the divine, in ways we cannot control but only enjoy and admire.
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