Saturday, August 25, 2007


My friend Alison Goodlad has written a thoughtful review (here on Ekklesia) of Rowan Williams' fine book, Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgement (London, Fount, 2000). In a world overrun by violence, accusation and leaping-to-judgement, it offers a salutary and mature response to our various attempts to vindicate ourselves at the expense of others.

"Pilate's questioning assumes that there is only one way to live – and that is in terms of power and territory, defended by violence. The idea that there can be a sort of authority derived from complete transparency to God, a living in truth, which is not concerned with territory, makes no sense to him."

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