The Character of Wisdom Essays in Honour of Wesley Carr

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Wesley Carr's ministry within the Church of England is renowned and distinguished. As Dean of Westminster Abbey he is often at the forefront of national religious ceremonies. His ministry, academic posts and widely acclaimed books have also established him as one of the leading pastoral theologians in recent times.

The Character of Wisdom brings together leading writers, thinkers and broadcasters to reflect on Dr Carr's many and varied contributions to church and national life, and on particular aspects of his ministry and writings. The authors explore themes such as the nature of priestly ministry, the role of clergy and the church, the function of cathedrals, ministry and the media, church finance, discipleship and vocation, and New Testament theology. Presenting an invaluable guide to the present and future shape of pastoral theology, public theology, and ministry, this book shows how practicing pastoral theology can hope to reveal something of the manifold wisdom of God.

Contents: Section 1 Shaping the Church: Funding the ministry of the Church of England, Martyn Percy; The shaping of institutions, Anton Obholzer; The Church of England between memory and hope, Paul Avis; Task: a transcendent notion, Edward R. Shapiro, M.D.. Section 2 Pastoral Theology and Christian Ministry: Revisiting teams, Stephen Lowe; Standing for something, Francis Ward; More tea, Vicar? Testing and tasting truth, Alastair Redfern; Occasional offices: natural sacraments of God's grace, Christopher Moody; Strong feelings in a polite Church: a re-evaluation of anger and aggression in ecclesial polity and pastoral praxis, Emma Percy and Martyn Percy. Section 3 Theology, Church and World: Spirituality and the mass media, Angela Tilby; Gospel values and modern bioethics, Robin Gill; God and Caesar, then and now, Tom Wright; Theology as queen or servant, Duncan B. Forrester. Section 4 Response: Wesley chapter, Wesley Carr; Wesley Carr's responses; Index.

Author Biography: Revd Canon Dr Martyn Percy, Director Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester and Adjunct Professor of Theology, Hartford Seminary, USA; Rt Revd Stephen Lowe, Bishop of Hulme, Diocese of Manchester, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754634171
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Shaping the church
1 The priest-like task : funding the ministry of the Church of England 3
2 The shaping of institutions 23
3 The Church of England between memory and hope 33
4 Task : a transcendent notion 45
Pt. 2 Pastoral theology and Christian ministry
5 Revisiting teams 57
6 Standing for something 67
7 More tea, Vicar : testing and tasting truth 81
8 Occasional offices : natural sacraments of God's grace 93
9 Strong feelings in a polite church 107
Pt. 3 Theology, church and world
10 Spirituality and the mass media 125
11 Gospel values and modern bioethics 141
12 God and Caesar, then and now 157
13 Theology as queen and servant 173
Pt. 4 Response
14 A response 191
Dr. Wesley Carr : curriculum vitae 199
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