This book approaches reconciliation in a reflective way, drawing on the Christian tradition (from the Bible to the Desert Fathers and Mothers to Mary Slessor) to reveal the centrality of reconciliation for faith.
Reconciliation is high on many agendas today. Brian Castle argues convincingly that reconciliation between God and humanity is at the heart of the Christian faith.
Theology is regarded as the domain of Church and academy: understandings of God that emerge from outside these establishments, if they are recognized at all, are often considered inferior. Yet it was beyond the walls of the city, outside the establishment, that some of the most significant events in Christian history took place.
‘Hymns are the folk-song of the Church militant.’ Eric Routley. When people with very different backgrounds, cultures and languages come together to worship, they are united in the singing of hymns.
The theological potential of hymns has never been fully exploited. This study shows how hymns communicate theology and enable those without a formal theological education to enter into theological debate.