Meeting Jesus explores the nature of encounter with God through reflecting on four key parables at the heart of Luke's Gospel: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, and the dishonest steward. Being particularly rich in psychological content,...
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Meeting Jesus explores the nature of encounter with God through reflecting on four key parables at the heart of Luke's Gospel: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, and the dishonest steward. Being particularly rich in psychological content, these parables give a detailed picture of human response to God, while also portraying God's own yearning for his lost people. The fresh insights the authors offer are illustrated and considered from both a theological and a contemporary psychological perspective.
"The gospel accounts, which tell of many meetings between Jesus and individual people, speak at both a theological and a psychological level. The eternal meeting of God with humanity is played out in the world of human thought, feelings, actions and relationships. If we take the opportunity to participate in these parables, we will be struck by just how strong God's yearning is for us, 'his lost people'. We will also be able to explore the different ways in which human beings, in a range of circumstances, respond to God. We may even recognize something of ourselves and, through meeting with the Jesus of Luke's Gospel, come to encounter God afresh."--BOOK JACKET.
Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt McGrath (D Phil., Oxford) is currently lecturer in the Psychology of Religion at Heythrop College, University of London and teaches psychology of religion for the MA course. She studied experimental psychology and theology at the University of Oxford, and clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
She is a chartered clinical psychologist and chartered neuropsychologist with many years experience in clinical practice, most recently as head of psychology services at the Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust in Oxford. She is an associated fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has also worked in theological research and taught psychology of religion and pastoral psychology at the University of Oxford.
Dr McGrath has co-authored Jesus and the Gospel Women, and with Jeremy Duff, Meeting Jesus: Human Responses to a yearning God; and with Alister McGrath, The Open Secret: The renewal of natural theology; The Dawkins Delusion? and Self-Esteem: The Cross and Christian Confidence and she has authored most recently Ethical practice in brain injury rehabilitation.
Dr Jeremy Duff is Director for Life-Long Learning in the Diocese of Liverpool and Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope. Dr Duff has a wealth of teaching experience in the area of New Testament studies, having taught for several years at Wycliffe Hall and Worcester College, Oxford. He has recently produced a replacement for the classic Greek text-book, The Elements of New Testament Greek by J.W. Wenham (Cambridge University Press). His other publications include Pseudepigraphy in the New Testament (forthcoming), 2 Peter' in The Oxford Bible Commentary (ed. Barton, J. and Muddiman, J) and Meeting Jesus: Human Responses to a yearning God with Joanna McGrath.