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A pivotal, although almost incidental, line from `Seeking Justice' is found on p. 54,
`Moral dilemmas, after all, are a luxury only those with the space to debate enjoy.
Powerless people often are too busy surviving to moralize.'
For me, Hebden here sums up exactly what is wrong with an awful lot of modern church. So it gives me a huge amount of hope that he, as a young and popular Anglican priest, feels able to point this out at a time when, more and more, official Christianity seems to allow itself to be defined principally as the adherence to a set of beliefs (which are themselves not remotely agreed upon) and very little else of much singularity or substance.
There can be no doubt that, in the 168 pages which make up `Seeking Justice', Hebden goes a tremendously long way towards getting us back on track.Read more ›
The author, no stranger to non violent direct action (or its consequences), writes with passion and prophetic vision about how we might go about effecting change in our society. The fact that a quick web search will find references to how he practices what he (literally) preaches only goes to reinforce this point.
While this is a personal book, it's also a deeply Christian book, rooted in the Christ tradition of 'The Kingdom of God' - Justice, Peace and Joy, as you might expect from someone who spends his day to day as a parish priest. But it's also a text for all - and deserves a reading and rereading. It's simultaneously an easy read (because of the author's eloquence) and an uneasy read (because it reminds us who we are supposed to be).
An ideal work for use in a study group, a social justice group, or just for anyone who half remembers the clarion call of Christ to fight against oppression and injustice, without falling in to the trap of using the ways of the world to do so.
The whole book is centred on the need to fight for justice, human and natural empathy and the concomitant need to demolish oppressive power structures. It works through a range of important contemporary issues, illuminating them with biblical insights, but he knows the danger of reading the Bible at "face value" because "we hear our own assumptions reflected back at us".
Dr Hebden knows the importance of writing simply, but there is no question of his message being simplistic or condescending; he is practical, up-to-date and deeply committed. He draws on parish experience and research among India's poor Christians as well as wide knowledge of literature. This is a book that can be read by people "of all religions and none", but it will infuriate those who think that the Anglican Church should still be "the Tory Party at prayer".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In light of the uniformly positive reviews I feel compelled, having just finished this book, to add balance. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ktylntn
I highly recommend this to anyone who is new to Christianity and are wondering whether it is a religion of belief or one of action. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2015 by Mr. Julian Shaw