It is rare to find scholars attached to a major research university who can write both a brilliant and courageous book.
This book gives a methodical, but devastating blow to the notion that naturalism could ever produce a consistent ethic.
HT: From a terrific, new book, Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality, pp. 249-50.
Walter Brueggemann is one of the greatest living biblical scholars. I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me think.
Check this out at www.walterbrueggemann.com: He wrote 53 books by the typical retirement age of 65 and another 78 books from age 65 to now at 86 on this his birthday!
I have read a number of books that seek to motivate the reader to study history.
Though I had high expectations for this one by Williams, I was disappointed.
My disappointment was due to the rather meandering reflections, the less than clear writing style, and illustrating things with arcane examples from the history of the church.
It seems Rowan Williams so desperately wants to give credence to every possible position that it is difficult to see where his own convictions lie.
There are many reasons I am not a Roman Catholic, but one certainly is the pervasive, historic, and systemic secrecy. Many examples could be offered. For example, the secrecy of the curia coupled with the condescending clericalism I’ve seen firsthand from priests in spite of what Vatican II says about learning from the laity are just a few.
It stretches credulity to think the Roman Catholic church can properly handle the ongoing (that word is key) sex abuse given the Roman Catholic’s long and problematic history.
And for the record, I taught in Poland and know many dynamic Christians who are in the Roman Catholic church. I just think the overall system is badly broken and lacks the proper theology in doctrine, leadership, and praxis to make things right.
There are similar, but not identical reasons that I’m not Baptist. Though I am sympathetic to Baptist theology, and though the Southern Baptist Convention is not as secretive as the curia, there is much that still gives me concern.