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Christian Wisdom

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9780521875455 - Christian Wisdom - Desiring God and Learning in Love - by David F. Ford
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Christian Wisdom

What is Christian wisdom for living in the twenty-first century? Where is it to be found? How can it be learnt? In the midst of diverse religions and worldviews and the urgencies and complexities of contemporary life, David Ford explores a Christian way of uniting love of wisdom with wisdom in love. Core elements of his discussion include the ‘discernment of cries’, the love and worship of God for God’s sake, a wisdom interpretation of scripture, and the education of desire in wise faith. The book includes case studies that deal with inter-faith wisdom among Jews, Christians and Muslims, universities as places of wisdom as well as of knowledge and know-how, and the challenge of learning disabilities. Throughout, there is an attempt to do justice simultaneously to the premodern, modern and postmodern in grappling with scripture, tradition and the cries of the world today.

DAVID F. FORD is Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is author of Self and Salvation: Being Transformed (1999) and co-editor with Ben Quash and Janet Martin Soskice of Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century (2005).


Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

Edited by
Professor DANIEL W. HARDY, University of Cambridge

Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine is an important series which aims to engage critically with the traditional doctrines of Christianity, and at the same time to locate and make sense of them within a secular context. Without losing sight of the authority of scripture and the traditions of the church, the books in this series subject pertinent dogmas and credal statements to careful scrutiny, analysing them in light of the insights of both church and society, and thereby practise theology in the fullest sense of the word.

Titles published in the series

  1. Self and Salvation: Being Transformed
    DAVID F. FORD

  2. Realist Christian Theology in a Postmodern Age
    SUE PATTERSON

  3. Trinity and Truth
    BRUCE D. MARSHALL

  4. Theology, Music and Time
    JEREMY S. BEGBIE

  5. The Bible, Theology, and Faith: A Study of Abraham and Jesus
    R. W. L. MOBERLY

  6. Bound to Sin: Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin
    ALISTAIR McFADYEN

  7. Church, World and the Christian Life: Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology
    NICHOLAS M. HEALY

  8. Theology and the Dialogue of Religions
    MICHAEL BARNES, SJ

  9. A Political Theology of Nature
    PETER SCOTT

  10. Worship as Meaning: A Liturgical Theology for Late Modernity
    GRAHAM HUGHES

  11. God, the Mind’s Desire: Reference, Reason and Christian Thinking
    PAUL D. JANZ

  12. The Creativity of God: World, Eucharist, Reason
    OLIVER DAVIES

  13. Theology and the Drama of History
    BEN QUASH

  14. Prophecy and Discernment
    R. W. L. MOBERLY

  15. Theology, Political Theory, and Puralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference
    KRISTEN DEEDE JOHNSON

  16. Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love
    DAVID F. FORD

Forthcoming titles in the series

A Theology of Public Life
CHARLES T. MATHEWES

Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action and Authorship
KEVIN J. VANHOOZER

Theology, Society and the Church
D. W. HARDY


Christian Wisdom

Desiring God and Learning in Love

DAVID F. FORD


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© David F. Ford 2007

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First published 2007

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For my mother, Phyllis Ford, in gratitude for her wisdom and love


As when the heart says (sighing to be approved)

O, could I love! And stops; God writeth, Loved.

GEORGE HERBERT


Contents

Acknowledgements  page x
Introduction: theology as wisdom  1
1Wisdom cries  14
2A wisdom interpretation of scripture  52
3Job!  90
4Job and post-Holocaust wisdom  121
5Jesus, the Spirit and desire: wisdom christology  153
6Learning to live in the Spirit: tradition and worship  192
7Loving the God of wisdom  225
8An inter-faith wisdom: scriptural reasoning between Jews, Christians and Muslims  273
9An interdisciplinary wisdom: knowledge, formation and collegiality in the negotiable university  304
10An interpersonal wisdom: L’Arche, learning disability and the Gospel of John  350
Conclusion: love’s wisdom  380
Index of citations  392
Subject index  399

Acknowledgements

This book began in 1996, stimulated by an invitation from Professor Iain Torrance to deliver the 1998 Scottish Journal of Theology Lectures in the University of Aberdeen. It was a memorable first visit to Aberdeen, with warm hospitality in the home of Iain and Morag and vigorous discussion of the lectures. I came away convinced that they needed a great deal more work before they could be published, but also encouraged to undertake this.

In the intervening years Iain has been very patient as the promised short book of four lectures turned into a longer work that migrated from the Scottish Journal of Theology Monograph series to the Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine. In 2005 there was a happy reconnection of the book with its origins when leading ideas from the chapter on scriptural reasoning were explored in an address and discussion during Iain’s inauguration as President of Princeton Theological Seminary. I am deeply grateful to Iain for his seminal role in the book and for his generous support of it through many phases.

The conversations to which this book is indebted are innumerable. Some partners, including Daniel Hardy, Micheal O’Siadhail, Peter Ochs, Ben Quash and Tim Jenkins, have been constant, and their influence is pervasive.

Others have had a special influence on particular chapters: my colleagues Nicholas de Lange, Graham Davies, Katherine Dell and, above all, Susannah Ticciati on Job; Frances Young, Sarah Coakley, Donald Allchin, Anthony Thiselton, Richard Bauckham, Miroslav Volf, Robert Morgan, Morna Hooker, Graham Stanton and Brian Hebblethwaite on wisdom in Christian scriptures and traditions; participants in scriptural reasoning, in particular Nicholas Adams, Oliver Davies, James Fodor, Robert Gibbs, Mike Higton, Annabel Keeler, Steven Kepnes, Basit Koshul,


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