Madge sang it. Now I’ve got one.
Actually I don’t so much have a ‘holiday’ as a three week ‘non-lecture period’.
The reason for this designation is because of what I hope to achieve:
- Finish reading Dave Eggers’ fabulous autobiographical novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
- Interview the key people involved in implementing ESL through ANGLICARE in the Sydney diocese for my Church History research project
- Learn as much as I can about the fourth century theologian, Gregory of Nazianzus — especially his thinking on the Trinity
- Write up a review of the collection of essays on theological method called Always Reforming
- Prepare a literature review on Calvin’s hermeneutics as part of my fourth year project
If you haven’t yet read (or listened to) Rowan Williams’ passionate and deeply intelligent lecture, ‘Renewing the Face of the Earth’, don’t wait. Do it now.
Its wide sweep ultimately finds its focus in an appeal to take seriously our created and redeemed appointment as ‘priests’ of creation, charged with making sense of it: ‘the human agent is created with the capacity to make sense of the environment and to move it into a closer relation to its creator by drawing out of it its capacity to become a sign of love and generosity’.
The ‘debate’ between the global warming aIarmists and sceptics so often degenerates into a tangled mess. But Williams deftly cuts through it — insisting persuasively that moving to alleviate suffering is the truly reasonable response to global warming (whatever its cause).
Better still, he puts into words something I’ve often felt:
And what the perspective of faith — in particular of Christian faith — brings to this discussion is the insight that we are not and don’t have to be God. For us to be reasonable and free and responsible is for us to live in awareness of our limits and dependence. It is no lessening of our dignity as humans, let alone our rationality and liberty as humans, if we exercise these ‘godlike’ gifts in the contexts of bodies that are fragile and mortal and a world that we do not completely control.
Makes sense to me.