"Anger, Sex, Doubt and Death. When I began to write on sources of stress in the life of Christian ministers I quickly identified these as the four areas of greatest difficulty. .... I have added an epilogue on the central claim of the gospel, why it is good news, why it invites the response of gratitude rather than fear. .... This book is based on lectures I gave in 1991 at the invitation of the Faculty of Theology at Durham University". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface dated Edinburgh, January 1992 / Richard Holloway -- Anger -- Sex -- Doubt -- Death -- Epilogue.
Colophon: Typeset by Pioneer Associates, Perthshire, Scotland. Printed and bound in Great Britain by BPCC Hazells Ltd.
Essays first published in the Ottawa Citizen 1999-2004.
"The words that follow were written over a period of about six years. Throughout, I worked as an Anglican priest, serving in a very public way as the Dean of a Cathedral, writing about faith regularly in the newspaper, and going about my duties as pastor. .... The interweaving of personal searching with the questions and issues that were posed to me from the lives of other people created occasions to reflect deeply on the faith that I had committed my life to .... But more than being a cause for introspection, these questions called forth expression: not the proclaiming of theology to an anonymous audience that needed to hear certain things, but words that responded to things people wanted to hear about -- theology that had come through and was being spoken into the crucible of human experience. What follows in these chapters is a series of concise reflections in the form of responses to the experiences, questions, issues and situations of many people." -- Intro., pp. 7-8.
Contents: Introduction -- Who is God ? -- What is faith about ? -- How is faith lived out ? -- Is there faith in the world around me ? -- Why go to church ? -- Does prayer make a difference ? -- What role does the Bible play ? -- Is there any sense to all the confusion ? -- Conclusion.
Author is an Anglican priest and dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.
At head of title: The Rita and William H. Bell Professorship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies.
"Public Lecture, The University of Tulsa, October 23, 1994".
"The current state of Christian discourse is a shambles. .... Over the past hundred and fifty years or so, we have managed to put the astonishment of the Gospel proclamation not just in the shade but in deep darkness. .... What has occurred, I think, is this. First, we allowed ourselves to be lured into the dull business of answering people's questions about religion instead of throwing ourselves into the fascinating job of astounding them with the bizarreness of what God in Christ has actually done. Second, we bought into the entirely non-Gospel notion that Jesus is the official Boy Scout teacher of morality and that we as his church, therefore, could safely volunteer ourselves as the moral police force of the wrold. Finally, having thus become distracted from our real work, we found ourselves mired instead in the twin dismal swamps of religion and morality -- or, to put a finer, gentler point on it, in the profoundly marginal subjects of apologetics and ethics." -- p. [1-2].
Brief note re "Bell Professorship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies" on inside front cover. Biographical note on "Father Robert Farrar Capon" and brief note re "Past Bell Lecturers" on inside back cover.
Bell Distinguished Visiting Professorship and Lecture series ; 5
"This volume brings psychological theories of moral and religious transformation into conversation with theologies of Christian formation. It also examines the implications of these psychologies and theologies for the contemporary church". -- back cover.
"My primary objective in this book is to provide a critique of developmentalism and trimphalism in contemporary North American religious life. My critique calls for two postures, one toward life itself and the other toward God. The first requires an appreciation of the hard paradoxes of faith -- the struggle to affirm meaning in the face of meaninglessness, doubt, suffering, and despair. The acceptance of paradox is necessary for coping with the forces that threaten to undermine and negate authentic selfhood. This argument is supported by anthropologists who have studied cultures that are characterized by their appreciation for ambiguity and paradox. The second posture requires an open-ended relationship to God in which new experiences of the ambiguity and plurality of divine revelation may be apprehended." -- Intro.
Contents: Preface dated Trinity College, University of Toronto, All Saints Day, 1990 -- Introduction -- Religious Faith and the Moral Life -- Developmental Transformations -- Dialectical Transformations -- Archetypal Transformations -- Becoming a Self Before God -- Kenotic Transformations -- Letting Go, Risking Christ -- Notes -- Index.
"We have written this book to go hand in hand with 'Lights that Shine: How Christians can fulfil their call to mission'. .... We have written 'Brushing up on Believing' to partner 'Lights that Shine', because the more deeply we believe the more brightly our lights will shine. .... In this book there are two sections, one on the basic Christian doctrines and the other on the Lord's Prayer. .... We have included material at the end of each chapter with questions for discussion, prayers and meditations". -- Intro.
"For the Decade of Evangelism -- teaching material suitable for new or young Christians, or those wanting to `brush up' on the essentials." -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / George Carey -- Introduction / Shelagh Brown and Gavin Reid -- Part ONE -- God the Father -- God the Son -- God and Holy Spirit -- Sons and Daughters of God -- Being Christ in the World -- The Last Things -- Part TWO -- Our Father -- Hallowed be Your Name -- Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done -- Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread -- Forgive Us Our Sins -- Lead Us Not Into Temptation -- Sources of Quoted Material.
Archbishop Hiltz contemplates the steps inside Canterbury Cathedral. "Having been climbed for some 1,400 years by abbots and monks, archbishops and deans, pastors and pilgrims from all over the world, these steps of stone have been made smooth by their footsteps. The wear and curvature they bear are visible signs of the quest of all who desire through pilgrimage and prayer in this hallowed place to draw near to God". "To climb these steps is to be humbled in the knowledge that thousands of men and women have trod them before us, and thousands more will tread them after us".
Author is "primate of the Anglican Church of Canada".
"Copyright 1988 by Richard Holloway. First published 1988 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London. This edition published 1988 through special arrangement with Collins by William B. Eerdmans". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references, p.173-175.
"Our modern age of certainty makes it difficult for those who believe rather than know. In this compelling book Richard Holloway explores the basic issues on which Christianity challenges us -- faith and doubt, life and death, the very stuff of human existence. Holloway looks first at humanity's innate sense of the religious and at the nature of belief itself. He argues against the possibility of full rational knowledge of the mystery that is God, leading the reader on to the conclusion that this world is not all there is. The second part of the book provides the context for a personal response to Christ. Developing a series of vivid images, Holloway relates the Gospel story to his own -- and our own -- experience, as he examines the figure of Christ himself, 'the divine stranger who lays upon us impossible burdens and forgives us all our sins'." -- back cover.
Contents: Preface dated Edinburgh, October 1987 -- Part One: The White Garden -- The White Garden -- The Accusation -- The Window -- The Word -- Part Two: Encountering the Mystery -- Gethsemane -- Jerusalem -- Golgotha -- Galilee -- Crossfire -- Coda on Worship -- Notes.
32 meditations organized into ? sections: Child and Lord -- Questions and Responses -- Encounters and Conversations -- Apostle and Friend -- Claims and Consequences.
Contents: Child and Lord -- Who is Jesus Christ for Me ? -- Between Us -- The Lake and the Land -- Light in a Shadowed Time -- A Hospitable Man -- The Cave and the Sword -- The Old King and the Young Child -- Questions and Responses -- The Quest -- What Do You Seek ? -- Do You Want to Be Healed ? -- What Do You Want Me to Do for You ? -- The First Searchers -- Encounters and Conversations -- The Prominent Politician -- Encounter at Noon -- The Outsider -- A Courageous Woman -- The Homemaker -- The Governor's Wife -- A Costly Commitment -- Apostle and Friend -- The Disciple -- The Royal Slave -- A Small Betrayal -- A Morning Encounter -- The Leader -- Remembering -- Claims and Consequences -- Back to the Future -- Follow Me -- The One Who Calls -- The Presence of Jesus -- Knowing Jesus Christ -- Called for What ? -- Between Us Again.
Article examines the nature of faith and belief and the consequences of this for Christian initiation. "Christian conversion occurs on a personal as well as a social level. This brings with it certain necessities. The most fundamental necessity of Christian conversion is that it requires the relationship between God and the individual to develop within the context of a supportive and guiding community. This is what catechesis is all about -- the community teaching and reflecting to the individual the Church's understanding of faith and belief".