Monday, September 17, 2007

More Comments on Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity

From Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. Ingram Professor of Theology, School of Theology at Claremont:

It is one thing to contrast the God of love with the divine imperial ruler or the self-emptying life with the life of domination. It is quite another matter to explore the meaning of that contrast for the fullness of personal being and for the life and organization of the church. With the sensibility and wisdom formed in a lifetime of prayer, Maggie Ross minces no words in her critique of the contemporary church and goes on to propose changes so sweeping and so fundamental that, although it is hard to envision their implementation, one senses what a truly Christian church would be. Here is feminist Christian spirituality at its prophetic best.

From Dr Mark Taylor, William R. Kenan Professor of Religion, Williams College:

Pillars of Flame is a remarkable work that merits serious attention. Maggie Ross effectively combines thoughtful reflection on spiritual experience with innovative theological analysis. This provocative book stirs the imagination and demands a response.

From the Rev. Dr. William Johnson, Albert V. Danielson Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at Brandeis University [later Dean of General Theological Seminary, New York]:

A blockbuster of a book! A theological event of the first magnitude. The one book one must read, as one prepares theologically and spiritually to meet the 1990s. Ross's book resolves most of the theological conundrums of our time, and she does so in a straightforward way, by re-introducing the notion of kenosis into our religious sensitivities. One of the few books written in our age which can be called indispensable.

[Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity with a new preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu is being re-publishedat the end of September by Seabury Books, a division of Church Publishing—see link.]


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