The Poet, The Warrior, The Prophet

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Using poetry, story and philosophy to bring theology alive, this book shows that theology cannot be reduced to conventional forms, but is rather like the enigmatic illustrations of M.C. Echer, many of whose pictures the book reproduces. The book draws on the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gabriel Garcia Marques, Emily Dickinson, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud and the "Tao Te Ching", among other works, to show how good theology is best compared to the image of wild birds flapping their wings and refusing to be ...

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Overview

Using poetry, story and philosophy to bring theology alive, this book shows that theology cannot be reduced to conventional forms, but is rather like the enigmatic illustrations of M.C. Echer, many of whose pictures the book reproduces. The book draws on the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gabriel Garcia Marques, Emily Dickinson, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud and the "Tao Te Ching", among other works, to show how good theology is best compared to the image of wild birds flapping their wings and refusing to be caged. This material was originally delivered at the 1990 Edward Cadbury Lectures in the University of Birmingham.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334028963
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,051,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Ch. I Unlearning 1
Ch. II Silence 21
Ch. III Words and Flesh 37
Ch. IV What Really Happened 59
Ch. V Words which are Good to be Eaten 73
Ch. VI Poetry and Magic 89
Ch. VII Beauty and Politics 105
Ch. VIII Prophecy 123
References 143
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