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on 17 May 2009
This is an important book. Modern scholarship has shown that the old certainties of Christianity cannot really be maintained. They do not negate a belief in the divine but call for a new understanding. This is the story of a clergyman who genuinely cannot support the traditional view of Jesus as divine. He wanted his approach to Christianity to be "a quest for meaning and truth-a journey characterised by uncertainty, provisionality, pluralism, tolerance and the constant need to re-interpret the faith for a new age." His bishop could not support Andrew furlong staying in his post, and one can see his reasoning. Furlong tells the story of his attempt to introduce changes, the opposition and his eventual removal. There are chapters on some of the implications. A reader probably needs an existing interest to complete the book but it is written in an accessible style. The issues raised are not going to go away and the clamour to be heard can only increase.
Ian Stevenson
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