Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Gospels As If for the First Time

John Fenton was one of the finest New Testament scholars of the last century, but his work has never received the attention it should, in part because he was a very modest man, and, I believe, a very holy one.

The only problem for today's reader is that at an early age he was inculcated with a draconian form of Anglo-Catholicism via von Hugel, so his sometimes hyperbolic statements on the self have to be read with a large handful of salt. He understood the self that observes and the self that is observed, but, working with only one epistemology, he does not understand —although I think he intuits—the unfolding truth  of the self in the deep mind.

Although I had the privilege to know him as a friend, we rarely talked shop, and for some reason I never read his books while he was alive, but I have just finished reading three of them, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Much of his learning must have rubbed off on me by osmosis, as it were, through his preaching and presence—in any event, I cannot recommend these books highly enough:

Finding the Way through Mark
Finding the Way through John
More on Mark

All three books were published in the  UK by SPCK and are still available.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ener happened to your recommendation
Of Professor John Danaher? I enjoyed his writings and thought them very insightful in expanding and deepening my view.

5:59 pm, January 31, 2013  
Blogger Maggie Ross said...

Sorry? I'm afraid I don't understand your question...

7:00 pm, January 31, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I think you recommended the writings of James Danaher several months ago. I took your recommendation, thinking you would comment on his writing as you indicated- I think. Just wondering on your take on his view of Christianity. I also note that he is close with Fr. Richard Rohr of the center for contemplation and action in NM.

12:22 am, February 01, 2013  
Blogger Maggie Ross said...

Erm, no, I didn't have any further intention of making comments on Danaher's book, but since you ask, I thought that book was quite good for certain kinds of evangelicals; for 'Catholic guilt'; for people who have a problem with self-hatred; and for those who are trying too hard.

2:03 am, February 01, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I think you called it a wonderful book th we should go out and get. I may have been expecting that you would expand more. Your comments above resonate.

3:28 am, February 01, 2013  
Anonymous BR said...

"quite good for certain kinds of evangelicals"

True, true.

5:16 am, February 01, 2013  

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