Timothy Radcliffe holds a unique position in the modern Catholic Church. As Master of the Dominican Order in Rome for nine years, he held one of the most senior and influential appointments the Catholic Church has on offer. But he is a member of an Order of Preachers and is thus truly apostolic. The order's motto consists of one word, Veritas (Truth), and it is the vigorous pursuit of intellectual and emotional truth which is the hallmark of his writing. This new book will not disappoint his admirers. Here, Fr Radcliffe argues that Christianity will only thrive today, overcoming the challenges of secularism and religious fundamentalism, if we rediscover the beauty of baptism. It touches the deepest dramas of human life: birth, growing up, falling in love, daring to give oneself to others, searching for meaning, coping with suffering and failure, and eventually death.
Timothy Radcliffe was Master of The Dominican Order. He is the winner of the 2007 Michael Ramsey prize for theological writing for his book What is the Point of Being a Christian? He lives in Oxford but spends much of his year giving retreats, lectures and conference key-note addresses in the UK and overseas.
Introduction \ 1. This Child? \ 2. What Name? \ 3. Commandments and Claim \ 4. Listening to the Word \ 5. The Community of Saints \ 6. Fight the Good Fight \ 7. The Oil of Gladness \ 8. A Fertile Word \ 9. The Moment of Choice \ 10. Stripped \ 11. Take the Plunge \ 12. God's Anointed \ 13. God's Holy People \ 14. The Paradoxes of Sanctity \ 15. Seeing in the Dark \ 16. Did you receive the Spirit? \ 17. Growing Up \ Epilogue \ Bibliography