Morrison, G. J. (2011). Book Review: Practical Theology: An Introduction by Richard R. Osmer and Studying Christian Spirituality by David Perrin. The Heythrop Journal, 52 (4), 711-713.
The future of Christianity is a concern at the heart of being and faith. In the passivity of encountering people’s faces, dreams and hopes, we can be exposed to feelings of loneliness, failure, suffering, outrage and brokenness. And it is here, in the face of our neighbour, that we begin to appreciate the depth of the Church. The future of Christianity may remain secret, yet the extent to which we journey into another’s life, offer a welcome and benediction of peace, gives hope to envision a messianic era and a future world of ethics, prayer and love. And it is in this desire and concern for the future of Christianity that Richard Osmer and David Perrin have each written books to awake our capacities for transcendence in the world.
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