22 January 2014
On the Edge of Elfland
Dear Friends and Family,
*This is a guest post from Gabrielle Thomas on the three books that have influenced her theology.
- Nazianzen, Gregory. Festal Orations. Translated by Nonna Verna Harrison. Popular Patristics Series. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008.
I happened upon Gregory whilst writing a graduate essay and was utterly inspired by his vision of the Christian life. His theology is beautifully interwoven with his practice, resulting in a holistic approach. Whilst this collection hosts some of my favourites, I will happily read anything he wrote.
Bob’s book is an inspiring tool for reading complicated texts with people on the margins, many of whom have not had the luxury of an education. Having put it into practice myself whilst working alongside those who live on the streets, I can confidently say that his approach works. He has used his PhD and various languages to serve in innovative ways, so I would say that he is an author whose lifestyle has inspired me as much as his book.
- Rybarczyk, Edmund J. Beyond Salvation: Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism on Becoming Like Christ. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004.
This is a fascinating project in which Rybarczyk compares two traditions close to his heart in order to encourage them to engage in conversations pertaining to unity. He is realistic in highlighting their differences, but overall brings to light some crucial similarities in their respective theologies (albeit not practice). As someone who is passionate about the unity of the Church, I found this a useful and memorable study from which to consider some of my own work.
Having completed ordination training in the Church of England, Gabby has embarked upon a PhD before moving onto her curacy. Motivated by the challenge of evangelizing in a post-Christendom context, her research is concerned with exploring new ways of expressing the gospel by reconsidering the inspiring vision of human identity as seen through the eyes of Gregory Nazianzen.