Full Life for All. the Work and Theology of Philip A Potter: A Historial Survey and Systematic Analysis of Major Themes

Article excerpt

Full Life for All. The Work and Theology of Philip A. Potter: A Historical Survey and Systematic Analysis of Major Themes.

By Michael N. Jagessar. Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Boekencentrum, 1997. Pp. 358. Paperback f 62.50/BF 1,250.

Philip Potter, the distinguished ecumenical leader, was born in Dominica in 1921 and is now living in Germany. The author of the present study is a Caribbean pastor serving a united parish in Curacao. The book is not properly a biography. While the first third records the progression of Potter's eventful life, the author devotes his real attention to an attempt to analyze and systematize the theology of this activist ecumenical personality, which is almost axiomatically nonsystematic. It is a formidable undertaking. He works with three theses: that Potter is Caribbean in outlook as well as origin; that his theology is dominated by a missionary purpose, defined as a broad concern for fullness in all of human life; and that he has thought ecumenically, including not least the world of the poor and the oppressed.

As academic research, the study is impressive. The pages are replete with citations and brief quotations from Potter's work, but unfortunately almost never in passages long enough to give the full flavor of his expression. …