Heyward directly addresses our vulnerability to terror, especially its religious and political aspects. Examining six images of God–God of War, God of Peace, God as Father, God as Spirit. God in us, and God in all–the author locates an authentic religious response in a healthy balancing of God-images, while religiously motivated violence stems from absolutist theories that fix on only one image of an inexhaustible deity. Stressing mutuality and openness, Heyward sketches a creative Christian response to violence, terror, and war.
“A refreshingly bold and honest effort to re-image God for our turbulent times. With intellectual integrity and courage, it says some pretty tough things, but then Jesus did too.”–Desmond Tutu The Rev. Dr. I. Carter Heyward is Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Theology at Episcopal Divinity School.