Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief

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TOKENS OF TRUST: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN BELIEF by Rowan Williams Westminster John Knox, 159 pages, $16.95

How does one introduce the intelligent skeptic to Christian belief? The archbishop of Canterbury aims to do so with a book bridging the interests of a thinking unbeliever and the Nicene and Apostolic Creeds.

The first chapter's approach is representative: Williams combines the natural starting place of the skeptic (the title: "Who Can We Trust?") with that of the Christian (the subtitle: "I believe in God the Father almighty").

The archbishop has an expert and delicate touch, and the resulting blend is both intellectual and orthodox. His patient discussion of the divinity of Christ follows the slow, cautious steps that led the Church to the bewildering and yet undeniable confession that Jesus is God. The drama of this description makes a point often missed when the batde lines are drawn too carelessly: This fact astonishes Christians, too. …

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