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

Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer

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

Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer

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Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer BY ROWAN WILLIAMS EERDMANS, 92. PAGES, $IO

A frustrating blessing of the mysteries of faith is that we can never wrap our minds around them completely. As familiar as they may seem, there are always new angles from which to see them. In this book based on a series of lectures delivered in Canterbury Cathedral, Rowan Williams takes the four identity markers of the Christian community and helps us do just that.

Williams suggests that we approach the whole Bible as a story God wants to tell us, a story of his own action and of his people's response to him, and that we ask where we fit into that story. Some will interpret those responses and the way in which we should respond today more conservatively than he, but all should be able to appreciate his calls to read the Bible in light of its entire canon and in light of Christ, its center and key.

I was most struck by his exposition of the priesthood of all believers. Williams defines a priest as "somebody who by offering sacrifice to God re-creates a shattered relationship" between God and humanity. …

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