A highly respected editor offers here new perspectives on prayer, which plays a major role in the practice of faith. The contributors are all well-known in their field and this book aims to help readers understand prayer more fully from a range of different perspectives, including prayer and the Bible, society, science, psychology, poetry, music, the body and sexuality. The insights that it offers will enrich the personal prayer life.
Fraser Watts says: “This is one of a trio of edited books that arose from public lectures at St Edward’s Church in Cambridge, and which were published by SPCK. Prayer is an important topic because it plays key role in personal transformation that the life of faith can bring. Indeed, the main reason why I would encourage people to pray is that will change them for the better.
The book also illustrates the value of an inter-disciplinary approach to theology. In my experience, theology on its own often goes over the heads of anyone other than professional theologians, but if you bring theology into dialogue with other disciplines it comes to life. In fact, there is very little good theology of prayer, though there are numerous practical books, all rather similar, on ‘how to pray’. The interdisciplinary approach to prayer taken here is more unusual than it should be, and I think it is the best approach to understanding what is going on in prayer.”
Prayer and Bible Revd Dr Arnold Brown, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge
Prayer and Society Revd Dr Charles Elliott, Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Prayer and Science Revd Dr John Polkinghorne, Former President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Prayer and Psychology Revd Dr Fraser Watts, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Science, University of Cambridge
Prayer and Poetry Denise Inge, Research Student, King's College, London
Prayer and Music Revd Dr Jeremy Begbie, Vice-Principal, Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Prayer and the Body Dr Sara Savage, Lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation.
Prayer and Sexuality Revd Angela Tilby, Religious Broadcaster, Tutor at Westcott House, Cambridge