John A.T. Robinson
- Title: Honest to God
- Author: John A.T. Robinson
- ISBN: 9780664244651
- Page: 429
- Format: Paperback
Softback, ex library, with usual stamps and markings, in fair all round condition, suitable as a study copy.
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A LAUGH, A SONG, AND A HAND GRENADEJohn Robinson was a Bishop, no less, and this little hand grenade of a book was published in 1963, and can be bracketed with The Silent Spring (1962), The Feminine Mystique (1963) and Lady Chatterley's Lover (finally published in 1960) – all books which kickstarted the 1960s and made that decade what it became.To help men through to the conviction about ultimate reality that alone finally matters we may have to discard every image of God – whether of the "o [...]
J. A. T. Robison's 1963 best seller is a real gem. The finest book about rethinking God and the Christian faith I've ever had the privilege to read.Robinson's points are very simple: we must abandon the frankly unbelievable concept of a God "Out there," a supernatural person who is nothing more than a version of us writ large. Such a God is clearly no more than a psychological projection on our part. But this does NOT mean that we must abandon God.Robinson asks to conceive of God as “the groun [...]
Simply brilliant. Everyone should read this book.
A well written basic exposition of a worldview I have often found somewhat frail. I can't avoid acknowledging his suspicious use of Bonhoeffer and questionable dichotomies but overall, he discovered a richness in what I would call Liberal Christianity that I never saw before. However, he completely avoided the problem of evil and that is just unacceptable.
Not an easy read, this is nevertheless a thoughtful exploration of how to approach faith in a "post-religious" society. Robinson assumes a level of knowledge of authors, theologians and philosophers that I don't have, but I found his arguments thought-provoking yet respectful of other's beliefs.
Forty-five years ago, an Anglican bishop wrote this controversial book suggesting that theism belongs to a pre-scientific age, and that we must form a belief in God that transcends mere supernaturalism in order for Christianity to survive.
It was an easy reading, though spoke of as a revolutionary book in its early years of publication, most of the ideas are already accepted by the Church and society. In a way the author fought for truth and justice in his time!!
A description of God, not as something separate from us (watching over us, listening to us) but as the ultimate reality (our own eyes, our own voice). Thanks, Dad: I enjoyed your 50+ year-old exclamation marks and comments in the margins!
Where I got the book: purchased used on .As I began reading this one because bookfriend Paul was reading it and it piqued my interest (the effect!) I'd like to point you to Paul's review for an irreverent but fun take on this 60s "let's take on religion" classic. Like Paul, I have no clue whether this book is currently laughed at by theologians or accepted as an interesting step in the development of modern theology, so I'll just forge ahead and give you my impressions.I spent much of this book [...]
Really interesting book written in the 1960s about the coming changes for the church. His main premise is that we must not make idols of our view of God, hold onto Christ and love and serve others.
This book made waves in the 1960s when it was released. Bishop Robinson utlized the work of theologians like Paul Tillich, Rudolph Bultmann and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (not the Bonhoeffer of The Cost of Discipleship that everyone knows and likes, the later more edgier Bonhoeffer of Letters and Papers from Prison). In essence, he popularized their thought in an effort to reimagine God for skeptical people.Robinson begins by recognizing that humans one had a three-tiered understanding of the universe [...]
I am sympathetic to Robinson's project to modernize Christianity as well as his critique against supernaturalism. I agree with him that supernatural theology is implausible and incoherent due to the progress made by modern science and that biblical scholarship (particularly higher criticism) which made biblical inerrancy extremely difficult to accept. However, I disagree with him that Tillich's theology would provide a satisfactory interpretation of the nature of God since it amounts to extreme [...]
What can I say about a book that I read 50 years ago, and really have no desire to reread? It was the publishing sensation of its time, I suppose, and perhaps for the first time in decades got many people in the secular West buying and reading books about theology. I bought the book for my mother, who had expressed an interest in reading it, and I read it too, mainly to see what the fuss was about. But I was disappointed. John A.T. Robinson seemed to be urging me to stop believing things about G [...]
I read Robinson's book many years ago when it was first published and enjoyed it. I found it recently and read it again and enjoyed it all over again. He points out that Christian theology must find new ways of interpreting the Gospel and Christianity because we are losing members because of the way we present God as "out there" or "up there." Modern man knows better and we need to find a truer and better way of presenting the message. We may never be ab le to present the whole thing but we need [...]
I read this as background to a discussion with a friend. N.T. Wright does a much better review of the book than I ever could here: ntwrightpage/Wright_Doubts.Robinson was uncomfortable with traditional British Christianity in the years after World War II. As Wright notes in his review, some of his concerns had merit. Yet the massive reductionism of Robinson's approach seems to lead to a "keep what you like, toss what you don't" approach that hasn't served the Anglican church well at all.
Robinson asks probing, daring questions of Christianity's presuppositions about supernaturalism that would strike most as heretical. The questions are interesting, sometimes useful, rarely articulated clearly. Robinson offers few real answers but rather jabs and pokes at various assumptions.
I'm with C. S. Lewis on this one; wondering why God can't be both immanent and transcendent. What's the problem?
A thought-provoking book still, particularly on how outdated metaphors and language about God can make that God much more difficult to believe in.
Written in the 1960s, this is still as applicable and enlightening as ever.I wrote a summary of the book, it is probably filled with typos and grammatical errors, but there was so much I wanted to summarize for myself.Honest to GodJohn A. T. Robinson1. Preface and Chapter 1: Reluctant RevolutionThere is a growing gulf between the orthodox supernaturalism that the Christian faith has been framed and the categories the ‘non-church’ and ‘lay’ persons sees as meaningful. What is needed is no [...]
Honest to Pete! Honest to God is the work that catapulted Bishop John A. T. Robinson from the ranks of obscure Anglican scholar to theological fame in Great Britain and throughout the Anglican communion. Its shocking premise that the age-old expressions of Christian thought (as in the Bible) are outmoded and incapable of being transmitted to members of present-day Western culture are the starting point for an analysis that leads to a substantial revision of not merely the language but t [...]
Sad really - Robinson died before he really had a chance to be confronted with a new reality of God in the shape of the Charismatic renewal. A great, brave and original bible scholar with a conservative outlook but theologically very liberal. Did God spare him, because he would have missed it????
I loved this book. It is like the voice of a more modest and less cynical John Spong.
I think if life allows me to re-read this book I may give it another star. I was supposed to have read this book for a course at Kansas University back in 1969, but I remember not reading it and now I wonder why. It isn't too long, and to my views in 2011 the book is hardly shocking, but to my Catholic boy conscience I am afraid I felt wrong reading a book by an Anglican bishop--schismatic, don't you know and probably a heretic. Well, that's me now, heretical as all get out. This book speaks to [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It challenged me with how we are to view God and inspired me with what a truer mission of the Church must be going forward. The author rightly deconstructs historical religion that has been based on the idea of a God "up there." Thanks to science, we've been literally "up there" in and beyond the sky and realized that there was no Being with a gray beard on a throne to be found. I literally mean that we should thank science. Scientific revelations are not to be fo [...]
Honest to God was a recommendation from a talented and insightful acquaintance. When she heard that I was going through a spiritual rediscovery in my life, she immediately recommended this book. I suspect she may have been referring to the book written by Bill Hybels by the same name but the Robinson book was a fascinating read for me! John A T Robinson was a Bishop in the Anglican church who began to question some of the religious activities of the church. Many of the stately and ornate traditi [...]
A prophetic book, which I loved reading."Basic commitment to Christ may have been in the past -- and may be for most of us still -- buttressed and fortified by many lesser commitments -- to a particular projection of God, a particular 'myth' of the Incarnation, a particular code of morals, a particular pattern of religion. Without the buttresses it may look as if all would collapse. Nevertheless, we must beware of clinging to the buttresses instead of to Christ. And still more must we beware of [...]
"To believe in God as love means to believe that in pure personal relationship we encounter, not merely what ought to be, but what is, the deepest, veriest truth about the structure of reality. This, in face of all the evidence, is a tremendous act of faith. But it is not the feat of persuading oneself of the existence of a super-Being beyond this world endowed with personal qualities. Belief in God is the trust, the well-nigh incredible trust, that to give ourselves to the uttermost in love is [...]
This is a complex essay arguing for an honest relationship with oneself, one's church, and one's God. Robinson promoted a "modernist" version of Christianity, fully accepting of scientific discovery, advocating a situational style ethics where decisions are not made in the abstract, but in a context of human relationships, and promoted inquiry and personal study as a foundation to religious understanding.He argues a self responsible model of action, promotes love as the greatest virtue that brin [...]
Honest to God is a ground-breaking book written by the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich John A.T. Robinson in 1963. In it he argues that God is not a Being "up there" or "out there," but rather that God is "the ground of all being." He also says that God's continuing revelation to humanity is one brought about in culture at large, not merely within the confines of "religion" or "church." Obviously, Robinson's book was very controversial at the time, but he inspired many other church leaders and write [...]
Written by a very respected pastor before he was practically excommunicated in the 50s, this book challenges the mythological conceptions of god, jesus, and the general history of the bible. Unfortunately he died before coming up with an alternative, but Spong does that in "Why Christianity must change or Die" or "A new Christianity for a new World" which offers an alternative. However, Robinson is a much better writer than Spong and is concise and straight to the point and I enjoyed reading his [...]
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