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The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life

The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life

Parker J. Palmer

ISBN: 978-0-470-64990-9

Feb 2010, Jossey-Bass

192 pages

$12.99

Description

First published in 1980—and reissued here with a feisty new introductory essay—The Promise of Paradox launched Parker J. Palmer’s career as an author and his ongoing exploration of the contradictions that vex and enrich our lives. In this probing and heartfelt book, the distinguished writer, teacher, and activist examines some of the challenging questions at the core of Christian spirituality. How do we live with the apparent opposition between good and evil, scarcity and abundance, individuality and community, death and new life? We can hold them as paradoxes, not “either/ors,” allowing them to open our minds and hearts to new ways of seeing and being.

GRATITUDES VII

INTRODUCTION TO THE 1980 EDITION IX
HENRI J. M. NOUWEN

INTRODUCTION TO THE 2008 EDITION XIII
PARKER J. PALMER 

I In the Belly of a Paradox 1

II The Stations of the Cross 38

III Paradoxes of Community 54

IV A Place Called Community 65

V A World of Scarcity, a Gospel of Abundance 94

VI The Conversion of Knowledge 116

NOTES 137

THE AUTHOR 143

"Palmer argues that the promise of paradox rests on a single overriding principle: accepting paradox with humility. That is the mortar that binds the very diverse pieces of this book together. And it is that very idea that makes the book worth reading." – Congregations, 2009