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Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality Hardcover – 28 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409455173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409455172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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All the authors in this collection agree that being committed to a religious form of words and practices is not simply 'the conscious occupation of the mind praying' (Eliot's phrase) but a set of habits that allows, and eventually demands, space in us. The authors write, poetry and prose alike, to demonstrate that these habits bring something to life, make space for others. So this is a book about a coming to life and a coming to stillness, together and inseparable; a serious and joyful gift, for which this reader is deeply grateful. From the Foreword by Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College Oxford, and former Archbishop of CanterburyThis thoughtful, generative interaction of poets is a welcome entry into the current struggle for and with faith among us. It is clear that the long-standing prose attempts of memo and proposition produce certitude and absolutism, but not much in the way of energy or courage or wisdom. These poets are knowing in thick ways, elusive enough to invite us to move with them, and critical in ways to hint at fresh connections. In all, a welcome resource.Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA

About the Author

Gavin D'Costa is Professor of Catholic Theology, at the University of Bristol. Eleanor Nesbitt, is Professor Emeritus, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick. Mark Pryce is Bishop’s Adviser for Clergy Continuing Ministerial Development in Birmingham Diocese and Honorary Canon of Birmingham Cathedral. Ruth Shelton is a poet and theologian and Interim Executive Director of Emmanuel House in Nottingham, a centre for the homeless. Nicola Slee is Research Fellow at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK.

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