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Resurrection: Interpreting the Easter Gospel
Why is it 'good news' to say 'Jesus is risen'? This text sets out to show how the experience of the resurrection was from the first one of forgiveness and of the healing of memories of injury, guilt or failure. ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 11th 2003 by Pilgrim Press
(first published 1982)
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Jun 11, 2019 Margaret D'Anieri rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Jan
Rowan Williams is brilliant, and his writing is a little dense. It’s worth the work for his insights about the post-resurrection encounters: why is the risen Jesus encountered as a stranger (and what does that mean?) What does it mean for us that we can connect with Jesus the human, prophet, and one who suffers in ways that we cannot to the risen Jesus - and how does that have us domesticate God and the gospel? A book I’ll come back to because I’m sure it will read more deeply over time.
What I find most powerful about Rowan Williams' writing is my constant sense that there is someone there, really there, behind the theology, that he is baring his soul to you in the process of writing. I found this text to be a brilliant examination of the empty tomb on Easter morning and how crucial it is that Easter turn us upside down and reshape the terms we have come to understand our reality. The kind of engagement he describes is one that asserts that we, as Christians, and as individuals ...more
Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, is an Anglican bishop, poet, and theologian. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from December 2002-2012, and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and Chancellor of the University of South Wales.
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“To share Eucharistic communion with someone unbaptized, or committed to another story or system, is odd—not because the sacrament is 'profaned', or because grace cannot be given to those outside the household, but because the symbolic integrity of the Eucharist depends upon its being celebrated by those who both commit themselves to the paradigm of Jesus' death and resurrection and acknowledge that their violence is violence offered to Jesus. All their betrayals are to be understood as betrayals of him; and through that understanding comes forgiveness and hope. Those who do not so understand themselves and their sin or their loss will not make the same identification of their victims with Jesus, nor will they necessarily understand their hope for their vocation in relation to him and his community. Their participation is thus anomalous: it is hard to see the meaning of what is being done.”More quotes…