This your promise: the theologian as priest

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Abstract

This chapter explores the notion of the vow or promise as a hermeneutic for the ministerial life of the Church. One thing that marks out those whom a community admits to 'holy orders' is the examination that requires the making of certain promises, and inlcludes a declaration of belief and intent. The argument offered here is that the category of promise is a vital clue for the dynamics of human transformation. It is a preliminary inquiry into the nature of promise and its relevnace for ministerial life ina time of change and uncertainty in the Church.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbracing Grace
Subtitle of host publicationThe Theologians Task Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett
EditorsHeather Thomson
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
PublisherBarton Books
Pages9-22
Number of pages14
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781921577000
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Pickard, S. (2009). This your promise: the theologian as priest. In H. Thomson (Ed.), Embracing Grace: The Theologians Task Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett (1 ed., pp. 9-22). Barton Books.