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Outside Eden Finding Hope in an Imperfect World


Outside Eden Finding Hope in an Imperfect World by

The reality of imperfection is something we all live with: but how do we live with it? In our dreams and fantasies we like to imagine perfect people, places or communities whilst in our cynical or despairing moments we see ourselves and our society as hopelessly flawed. The Christian Gospel takes a third path: it is about imperfection and glory - it is about how God offers us realistic hope. In Jesus, God responds truthfully and generously to what we and our world are really like, so as to make something glorious of us. The author draws on the poetry of W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Henry Vaughan and others to encourage readers to follow Christ on this crooked journey to fulfillment. Peter Fisher's approach to the Gospels shows how God brings glory out of imperfection in both human lives and in the community of faith.

About the Author

The Revd Canon Peter Fisher is vicar of Maney in the Diocese of Birmingham. His ministry has been divided between parish work (in Bedford, Durham and Birmingham) and theological education (Sub-Warden at Lincoln Theological College, more recently Principal of the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham).

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Publication date

1st February 2009


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SPCK Publishing


160 pages


Christian spirituality & religious experience



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