Wycliffe Adjunct Professor Timothy Connor's New Book
Monday October 31st, 2011
Title: The Kenotic Trajectory of the Church in Donald MacKinnon's Theology: From Galilee to Jerusalem to Galilee Series: T & T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology, edited by John Webster, Ian A MacFarland and Ivor J Davidson
‘Donald MacKinnon's theology defies easy stereotyping. He was an Anglo-Catholic who summoned the church to humility, a student of Barth and yet no "Barthian," a philosopher's philosopher marked by penetrating insight into the Christian gospel. In this remarkable study, Timothy Connor shows how all these lines converge in MacKinnon's reflections on the self-emptying of the Crucified. A beautiful and engaging work of scholarship.’ - Joseph Mangina, Professor of Theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada
‘Donald MacKinnon was a unique and uniquely unsettling gift of modern Anglicanism to the church catholic. Connor’s timely study of his complex theological achievement is both comprehensive and lucid. Setting MacKinnon firmly in the context of the travails of 20th century Anglican ecclesiology, Connor insightfully discerns and displays the central theme—namely, that genuine understanding the church’s identity and realising its vocation in the world can only come through a converting confrontation with the self-emptying God of the gospel amidst the ambiguities of our existence. We are most serious about the church, MacKinnon reminds us, when we have ears and eyes only for that ‘irruptive and disruptive activity’ that was God’s coming in Christ and follow it, in both life and thought, where it leads. Contemporary Christian theology has much still to learn from Mackinnon, and we can hope that Connor’s masterful exposition of his work wins the wide readership it deserves.’ - Philip G. Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, UK.
‘Donald MacKinnon — brilliant, eccentric and hugely influential in the lives of his best students (including the present Archbishop of Canterbury) — is one of the unsung heroes of twentieth century Anglican theology. Tim Connor's fine study of MacKinnon's ecclesiology is therefore a welcome new resource. Rising above what George Steiner once called the "flatlands of current Anglican discourse," it shows MacKinnon to rank among the most profound theologians of his day. This is an important book that one could wish every Anglican church leader to read, and an essential book for the study of modern British theology generally.’ - Gary D. Badcock, Peache Professor of Divinity, Huron University College, Canada