Britton, William G. Wisdom From the Margins. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2018.

I’ve been reading this [outstanding] book of daily reflections + questions + prayer curated by William G. Britton for a couple of months now, day by day.

Reading these quotations and considering these questions may be having an effect on me.

It’s hard to describe. Whatever it is, it isn’t sudden. Or flashy.

It doesn’t have much to do with resolutions or productivity or achievement or anything you could call “improving.”

“Re-orienting,” perhaps. “Shifting perspective.”

I used to swim. At the Y. And one day, maybe because the pool was cleaner than usual or because I had been off a day or two or because it was just one of those random things, as I was coming to the end of the lane, I saw the water.

Really saw it, as if I’d never noticed it before.

How much water that is. How deep.

This book gives me that same feeling.

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What constitutes “margins” clearly depends on where we locate the “center.” In the case of Wisdom from the Margins, that’s somewhere that positions people like Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, and Richard Rohr as marginal. Not really an objection, more like a caveat: if you’re out to learn from, e.g., world Christianity or womanism, these are not the margins you’re looking for.

That doesn’t make the wisdom any less wise.

Or the introductions any less valuable. A couple of days ago, for instance, the reading was an excerpt from Richard Beck’s crystal-clear “Emotional Intelligence and Sola Scriptura” – which led to my discovery of Beck’s blog, Experimental Theology.

So I am an appreciative reader of the relatively marginal Wisdom from the Margins, as I suspect many others will be as the days go by.

Many thanks to Gordon C. Stewart for telling me about it.


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