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Food and drink,
This review is from: Keeping God s Silence C (Challenges in Contemporary Theology) (Hardcover)
Theology is often described as 'a conversation'. This book, by starting with silence, gives a new way to critically evaluate that conversation - whether it is becoming one-sided because one party is being reduced to silence, or whether there is a lot of talking going on and not much listening. Food for thought on how to 'do' theology.
More than that, however: Muers' most profound point is that silence is not merely an instrumental good for the eventual practice of better speech; a willingness both to keep silence and to allow silences in others (whether in God or in creatures) is essential for true subjectivity and fellowship.
All the permutations of the topic are thought through by an erudite and lucid mind. It is not just a book you read because you're working on the main texts (Muers makes extensive use of Bonhoeffer), it's a book you read to learn how to be a better theologian. It's like a tall glass of water to the thirsty.
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