Playing Dice with God - The Risk of Discipleship Richard Clarke

Playing Dice with God - The Risk of Discipleship

Author: Richard Clarke
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Join Archbishop Richard Clarke on a journey of spiritual exploration as he invites readers to treat life as an adventure and break out of complacent faith. With sparkling insights and humour, he reflects on the importance of questioning, risk, and grace in being a disciple of Jesus, drawing on scripture, church history, literature, and more.

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PRE ORDER The 12 inter-linked reflections in Playing Dice with God invite readers to treat life as an adventure. In our spiritual life, this means that we must not refuse to think or to question because we are afraid of what such thinking and questioning may do to us. We can never hope to grow into what Saint Paul calls ‘the full stature of Christ’ if we are so unsure of ourselves or of our faith that we refuse to set out into deep water, the great adventure of living faith. Conversation with Archbishop Richard Clarke is always sparkling with insight, humour and reference. In each page of this book we hear Richard’s voice and follow his mind brimming with ideas. He is addressing believers who are thinkers (or, even more, unbelieving thinkers who are open), nudging us to recognise the adventure, risk and grace of being a disciple of Jesus. Seasoned with references to Scripture and Church Fathers, literature and poetry, art and mysticism, philosophy, contemporary commentary, and cricket (!), readers will not be disappointed in their engagement with this text. It is clearly the fruit of years of reflection and prayer. It proposes we break out of any confines of religion that speak of smug security.  Richard competently and cogently suggests people need to recognise the unfolding drama of God’s purposes on earth and how they ‘are designed to be part of the God-story, not a hysterical or sentimental soap opera of their own fantasy but the continuing narrative of God’s presence in the world as it is’. His reflections on the Church today are convincing and his commentary on the Our Father as a dangerous prayer enlightening. Yes, for Archbishop Richard, the world is more than a series of scientific possibilities. We all have ‘why’ questions that run deep. He accompanies his readers on a journey of exploration to the heart of reality. -  Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick Richard Clarke retired from full-time ministry in the Church of Ireland in 2020 after serving as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and stepped down in 2023 as Anglican Co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological  Dialogue. He is author of And Is It True? and of Shouldering the Lamb.

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The 12 inter-linked reflections in Playing Dice with God invite readers to treat life as an adventure. In our spiritual life, this means that we must not refuse to think or to question because we are afraid of what such thinking and questioning may do to us. We can never hope to grow into what Saint Paul calls ‘the full stature of Christ’ if we are so unsure of ourselves or of our faith that we refuse to set out into deep water, the great adventure of living faith.

Conversation with Archbishop Richard Clarke is always sparkling with insight, humour and reference. In each page of this book we hear Richard’s voice and follow his mind brimming with ideas. He is addressing believers who are thinkers (or, even more, unbelieving thinkers who are open), nudging us to recognise the adventure, risk and grace of being a disciple of Jesus. Seasoned with references to Scripture and Church Fathers, literature and poetry, art and mysticism, philosophy, contemporary commentary, and cricket (!), readers will not be disappointed in their engagement with this text. It is clearly the fruit of years of reflection and prayer. It proposes we break out of any confines of religion that speak of smug security.  Richard competently and cogently suggests people need to recognise the unfolding drama of God’s purposes on earth and how they ‘are designed to be part of the God-story, not a hysterical or sentimental soap opera of their own fantasy but the continuing narrative of God’s presence in the world as it is’. His reflections on the Church today are convincing and his commentary on the Our Father as a dangerous prayer enlightening. Yes, for Archbishop Richard, the world is more than a series of scientific possibilities. We all have ‘why’ questions that run deep. He accompanies his readers on a journey of exploration to the heart of reality. -  Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick

Richard Clarke retired from full-time ministry in the Church of Ireland in 2020 after serving as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and stepped down in 2023 as Anglican Co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological  Dialogue. He is author of And Is It True? and of Shouldering the Lamb.

PRE ORDER

The 12 inter-linked reflections in Playing Dice with God invite readers to treat life as an adventure. In our spiritual life, this means that we must not refuse to think or to question because we are afraid of what such thinking and questioning may do to us. We can never hope to grow into what Saint Paul calls ‘the full stature of Christ’ if we are so unsure of ourselves or of our faith that we refuse to set out into deep water, the great adventure of living faith.

Conversation with Archbishop Richard Clarke is always sparkling with insight, humour and reference. In each page of this book we hear Richard’s voice and follow his mind brimming with ideas. He is addressing believers who are thinkers (or, even more, unbelieving thinkers who are open), nudging us to recognise the adventure, risk and grace of being a disciple of Jesus. Seasoned with references to Scripture and Church Fathers, literature and poetry, art and mysticism, philosophy, contemporary commentary, and cricket (!), readers will not be disappointed in their engagement with this text. It is clearly the fruit of years of reflection and prayer. It proposes we break out of any confines of religion that speak of smug security.  Richard competently and cogently suggests people need to recognise the unfolding drama of God’s purposes on earth and how they ‘are designed to be part of the God-story, not a hysterical or sentimental soap opera of their own fantasy but the continuing narrative of God’s presence in the world as it is’. His reflections on the Church today are convincing and his commentary on the Our Father as a dangerous prayer enlightening. Yes, for Archbishop Richard, the world is more than a series of scientific possibilities. We all have ‘why’ questions that run deep. He accompanies his readers on a journey of exploration to the heart of reality. -  Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick

Richard Clarke retired from full-time ministry in the Church of Ireland in 2020 after serving as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and stepped down in 2023 as Anglican Co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological  Dialogue. He is author of And Is It True? and of Shouldering the Lamb.