Book review : What is left of Christianity by Richard Holloway

Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity by Richard Holloway
(book review by Keith Scott)

Published in 2001 and written by the ex Bishop of Edinburgh it reflects a lifetime’s thought on Christianity during which time he has swung from the evangelical to liberal perspectives. The book considers the main theological issues that Christianity has been built upon, God, sin, the Fall, sexuality amongst them and he brings in the work of many theologians and philosophers but it is a deeply personal reflection and he effectively quotes poetry when appropriate. Beautifully written. A profound yet very readable book.

He ends the book with an extract of a poem by Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass:

This is what you should do:

Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labour to others, hate tyrants,

Argue not concerning God,

Have patience and indulgence toward the people,

Re-examine all you have been told I school or church or any book,

Dismiss what insults your very soul,

And your flesh shall become a great poem.


Do read it. Available in the Woking Quaker library.

Contact: Keith Scott

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