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‘I have Writ, I have Acted, I have Peace’

Christopher Rowland

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.003.0017
‘I have Writ, I have Acted, I have Peace’

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Radicalism is at the heart of Christianity’s foundational documents in the New Testament. This chapter is an attempt to embrace the various contributions to the subject contained in this book. First, the interpretative lens of ‘Contraries’, a central theme of William Blake’s thought, is used to explore the dialectic between Desire and Reason, to understand the tension between the quest for perfection and compromise and the way in which this dialectic informs biblical hermeneutics, particularly the Pauline corpus and the Gospel of Luke. Secondly, the career of Gerrard Winstanley offers the opportunity to understand the character and context of radicalism. Finally, the recognition of the secular character of the Christian response is crucial. Leaving the gift at the altar and working for peace, reconciliation, and justice with all humans, irrespective of faith commitment, characterize the public theology of one of the major examples of radicalism in modern Christianity, liberation theology.

Keywords: William Blake; Gerrard Winstanley; contraries; public theology; liberation theology; biblical hermeneutics

Chapter.  8679 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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