The late Cornelius Ernst once said that Aquinas' 'Five Ways' were 'an attempt to show how we may go on speaking of God in the ordinary world'. Nicholas Lash shows how the main contours of the Christian doctrine of God may be mapped onto principal features of our culture and its predicaments. After an introductory chapter on 'the question of God today', Nicholas Lash considers - in chapters entitled 'globalisation and holiness', 'cacophony and conversation' and 'attending to silence' - three dimensions of our contemporary predicament: globalisation, a crisis of language, and the pain and darkness of the world, in relation to the doctrine of God as Spirit, Word, and Father.
'A richly pondered work of mature insight, brilliantly written and easily accessible.' David Martin, Emeritus Professor, LSE 'This book beautifully distils central themes in reflections on what Christian faith is about, whether you are a Christian or an interested bystander. There is a simplicity and directness which readers cannot but find attractive. This is wonderful theology for people who think theology is not for them; either because it is too technical or because it is barely Christian. Nicholas Lash is always a joy to read.' Fergus Kerr OP, Blackfriars, Oxford '...ought to be required reading for any undergraduate embarking on theological studies, and it eloquently challenges those who think that theological understanding is superfluous to the Christian life. In fewer than a hundred pages, Lash clocks a lifetime of scholarship in a writing style that is accessible and compellingly readable, combining profound insight with good-humoured polemics and wit.' The Tablet 'Nicholas Lash has a very good claim to being the most influential British theologian of his generation. Though he has retired from his Cambridge chair, he is still producing stimulating work - his latest book, Holiness, Speech and Silence: Reflections on the Question of God, is a typically fresh meditation on themes he has been exploring for more than three decades.' The Tablet '... written with characteristic grace and clarity... thoughtful presentations of Christian fundamentals...' TLS '...Lash's well-known delightful style, and the constant contact he makes with ordinary experience and with what is going on in the world today, lead one encouragingly on...' Church Times 'With this book, Lash once again shows himself to be an astute interpreter of contemporary culture and a profound communicator of the Christian faith.' Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory