Honest to god 50th anniversary edition robinson, john a. The firestorm of controversy and debate is indicated by the fact that scm press was able to publish this response volume in the same year. Robinson has 23 books on goodreads with 1544 ratings. Robinson returned to cambridge in 1969 and continued to publish. Constance garnett university of nebraska press, 1984 ps primary source a primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides firsthand or direct evidence on a topic. Theology before and after bishop robinson s honest to god. The author poses legitimate questions that have been quietly pondered by many christians of the 21st century. Theology before and after bishop robinsons honest to god. In addition, it articulated the anxieties of a generation who saw these traditional fundamentals as no longer acceptable or. John robinsons probing book led some to abandon their faith, some to. His major christological study is the human face of god in 1973, and his startlingly conservative redating new testament in 1976 and, posthumously, the priority of john in 1985.
Mowbrays popular christian paperbacks, and more on. Hanson notes that robinsons book is full of warm piety and strong faith, on account of his belief in a personal god. The 1963 paperback honest to god by dr john robinson, bishop of woolwich, has caused an immense discussion by its call for a revolution in christianity. Reissued on the 50th anniversary of the original publication, honest to god is not only a book that generated controversy and debate in its own. The honest to god debate by robinson john a t abebooks. Other books like truth is two eyed, redating the new testament and especially the record of john are both more interesting and more likely to carry his legacy into the future. Robinson, but really honest to god, in its agonized sincerity and its profoundly concerned confusions, makes me think of waughs picture of the naive minister, deliberately intended to be typological. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. It aroused a storm of controversy on its original publication by scm press in 1963. Kindle ebooks can be read on any device with the free kindle app.
Jan 31, 20 honest to god changed the face of british christianity, which during the 1950s had become formal, sleepy, complacent and overrespectable. Its publication work instigated a passionate debate about the nature of christian belief and doctrine in the white heat of. Robinson wrote several notable books, the most famous being honest to god in 1963. It is an important position, and robinson has performed a long overdue task in presenting the position in a form which can be easily read and understood. What can be said of honest to god is that it registered that sense of imminent globalcultural change. The most popular was honest to god published in 1963. Westminster john knox press, 40th anniversary edition, 2003.
Honest to god, 55th anniversary edition paper john a. Alan race i have been asked to reflect on honest to god, a small paperback book by the british theologian, john a. I know it is unkind to think of this in connection with the much discussed book of the anglican bishop of woolwich, j. Robinson, criticising traditional christian theology. The thought of dietrich bonhoeffer, rudolf bultmann and paul tillich, which robinson summarized in his book, were themselves simply the twentieth century.
It seems curious that john robinson is best known for this book when in fact it is far from being his best book. It has sold more quickly than any other new book of serious theology ever published. According to exploration into god in 1967, he felt its chief contribution was its attempt to synthesize the work of theologians paul tillich and dietrich bonhoeffer, both of them well known in theological circles, but whose views were largely. Find honest to god by robinson, john a t at biblio. The huge popularity of his book shows that he struck a chord with a. Robinson, 9780334028512, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Pdf theology before and after bishop robinsons honest to god. In addition, it articulated the anxieties of a generation who saw these traditional fundamentals as no longer acceptable or necessarily credible. Second, i understood that this book was controversial in theological circles when it was originally published in the early 1960s. Westminster john knox press honest to god, originally published in 1963, has been described as the most talkedabout theological work of the twentieth century. Aug 28, 2018 honest to god, 55th anniversary edition paper john a. John robinson s probing book led some to abandon their faith, some to accept it for the first time and many to dig deeper. Honest to god changed the face of british christianity, which during the 1950s had become formal, sleepy, complacent and overrespectable.
I typically read several books at once, and for reasons. A summary for the pcnmodern church conference being honest to god, november 810 th 20 notes. John robinsons probing book led some to abandon their faith, some to accept it for the first time and many to dig deeper. Robinson and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This summary is compiled mostly with john robinsons own words. Robinson s own evaluation of honest to god, found in the subsequent exploration into god stated that the chief contribution of this work was its successful synthesis of the work of seemingly opposed theologians paul tillich and dietrich bonhoeffer. According to exploration into god in 1967, he felt its chief contribution was its attempt to synthesize the work of theologians paul tillich and dietrich bonhoeffer, both of them well known in theological circles, but whose views were largely unknown to the people in the pews. This is the fortieth anniversary edition of john robinsons classic text. Jan 30, 2018 i know it is unkind to think of this in connection with the much discussed book of the anglican bishop of woolwich, j. Honest to god is a book written by the anglican bishop of woolwich john a.
In addition, it articulated the anxieties of a generation who saw these traditiona. It was purchased for five shillings, which considering that it has only 140 pages was somewhat pricey compared to 26 for a similar paged novel. The book proved contentious because it called on christians to view god as the ground of being rather than as a. The tragedy of honest to god, as i perceive it, is that robinson did not. Honest to god is not a textbook but rather an argument for a theologi.
Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. A good followup read would be one of john shelby spongs books, probably rescuing the bible from fundamentalism rescuing the bible from fundamentalism. Robinson, including honest to god, and can we trust the new testament. The distinction between a god out there, a god up there and a god within is of no actual importance since these are just different ways of talking about the relation between divine transcendence and immanence. Honest to god is a bracing and engaging call to reexamine outdated and troublesome. John robinsons probing book led some to abandon their faith, some to accept it for the first time and. Honest to god is still a classic and should be required reading for every christian. Robinson died after a long illness in december 1983. Christianity not as a mystic religion but as a new theory of life by leo tolstoy. Honest to god by john a t robinson paperback scm press. Westminster john knox press originally published in 1963, honest to god ignited passionate debate about the nature of christian belief and doctrine in the white heat of a secular revolution. Buy honest to god online of indias largest online book store, only genuine products. It was this trend to which robinson and likeminded. Italics without other reference indicate direct quotes from robinson jr.
Robinson, first published by scm press in england in 1963, subsequently translated into many languages and now enjoying its halfcentenary. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. Reissued on the 55th anniversary of the original publication, honest to god remains a. References to honest to god are taken from this edition and are given in parentheses in the text. Read the fulltext online edition of honest to god 1963. Honest to god paperback january 1, 1967 by j a t robinson author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Buy honest to god scm classics new edition by robinson, john isbn. I have at times presumed to adapt his words to convey. Honest to god is not a textbook but rather an argument for a theological position.
These essays help put this work in perspective and explore the importance of this volume for a new generation of readers. Robinson, 1963, westminster press edition, in english. Robinson had already achieved notoriety by his defence of the publication of lady chatterleys lover. Originally published in 1963, honest to god ignited passionate debate about the nature of christian belief and doctrine in the white heat of a secular revolution. Sir lloyd geering fifty years ago this year bishop john robinson published his little book honest to god. This book sold more quickly and widely than any book of serious theology in the history of the world. Honest to god is a bracing and engaging call to reexamine outdated and troublesome images of god. Yet, hanson is wary about how robinson is also deeply influenced by bonhoeffer, tillich and bultmann and by the current flight from metaphysics in philosophy. Perhaps more than anything else, honest to god was a product of its time. I dare to suggest that that record may never be surpassed. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.159 892 1399 390 1502 639 1011 981 38 149 322 919 557 188 769 1391 243 1204 1531 37 650 331 827 261 104 339 1426 267 1088 1280 136 1185 159 1475 64 312 1126