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Patrick Henry
Riverhead Hardcover (March 8, 1999)
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The Ironic Christian’s Companion. Patrick Henry was a professor of religion, specializing in early Christianity, at Swarthmore College for seventeen years.

The Ironic Christian's Companion. This is not a book for those who like black-and-white explanations

The Ironic Christian's Companion: Finding the Marks of God's Grace in the World . Patrick Henry Reardon.

A prominent religious scholar who isn't afraid to shake our assumptions and probe our imaginations, Patrick Henry has written a guide for the "ironic Christian"—one who strives to integrate truth with faith, to let an expanding knowledge of the world translate into an expanded understanding of God. Drawing on the works of a diverse group of writers and thinkers, from C.S. Lewis and Julian of Norwich to Anne Sexton, Yogi Berra, and Dr. Seuss, he explores the ways in which we can maintain our belief in a God defined by mysteriousness. With humor, humility, and courage, he asks us to join him in this spiritual quest—and in the dizzying, thrilling leaps that faith invites.
  • Patrick Henry is giving me a lot to think about. Highly recommended.

  • This book is a continuous barrage of opinions from Patrick Henry, whose philosophy seems to be that "nothing is certain except the fact that nothing is certain," which is intellectual relativism. The good thing about the book is its style. As a sort of journal of lessons learned in life, it would be interesting even to someone who disagrees. I would like to see more books out there that take that approach, but I hope that future authors view their work as an addition to the existing 2000 years of Christianity, rather than a modification of it.

  • Few books of the theological or contemplative variety include an “Index of field marks of the grace of God,” an echo of the book’s subtitle. However, The Ironic Christian’s Companion by Patrick Henry does. And even fewer books written by theologians and thinkers include references to the likes of Yogi Berra, Maya Angelou, Lewis Carroll, John le Carre, Dr. Seuss, and Gilda Radner in the same volume.

    I was intrigued when the religious scholar Patrick Henry spoke of Keats’ Negative Capability. In my view, any writer who can link Keats’ Negative Capability (the capacity to allow mystery or intellectual confusion over certitude) and Christian grace is capable of engaging both my mind and heart. I definitely agree with one reviewer who asserts that Henry fully understands the ambivalence many Christians feel, hesitation about allowing uncertainty as a part of their belief system.

    At the outset, Patrick Henry states emphatically that his book about ironic Christians will not add a new denomination to the Catholics, Pentecostals, Methodists, and Orthodox already in existence. Rather, he offers companionship to readers searching for understanding, not easy answers – a way of knowing, but not certitude.

    He declares (196) that “Jesus inhabits the land between ‘never’ and ‘it must be precisely thus,’” an assertion this reader/reviewer can live with. Additionally, a religious scholar who can make theological sense of “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” has my vote. Yet, the author suggests that hope resides in the midst of confusion: “Friendship brings me full circle, back to hope, which really is the biggest challenge presented, and the biggest promise offered, to ironic Christians.” (183)

    This book can appeal to open-minded readers on a quest for an understanding of grace within a Christian context. Author Patrick Henry will definitely challenge readers’ assumptions and pique their imagination. I encourage readers to take such a leap of faith.

  • The primary thesis of this book - that a Christian has not logical certainity but must balance opposing views - was a suprise to me. Not because it was new but rather that it was to me self-evident. For example, I had been taught with regards to God's omniscience and man's freewill that the two concepts framed a mystery we could not understand but could perhaps pull the frame together a bit to point at the truth we cannot fully know.
    I was similarly caught off-guard by the seeming suprise with which the author confronted the myriad of world calendars - Jewish, Islamic, Thai etc. The effects on one's Christianity of either assuming the 2nd coming is near or that it is far off in cosmological time had interest.
    Of more interest to me, is the author's growth in understanding the issues related to gender based language.
    If one has a faith based on certainities, if one has not confronted the issues with which the author deals in a universal and transcultural way, then this book has a great deal to offer. It will help place your faith in the real world - with all the real word messiness.
    If one has a faith based on uncertainities, thought out in universal, transcultural and across multiple faith, then this book has a great deal to offer in learning how the other side thinks and grows.

  • It is difficult to write a review --something which tends to be concrete and objective-- about a book which takes as a basic premise the escape of both rigid modes of analysis! Patrick Henry's "Companion" is an interesting book, from all angles: whether Christian or otherwise. His insights into the 'irony' of Christian life and God's grace in the world are interesting, though they tend to speak less of "finding the marks of God's grace in the world" (from the title) than finding the author's own 'looking-back' interpretations of the events in his life. Perhaps they are connected, perhaps one and the same; and that idea is, in a way, one of Henry's main points. This is an entertaining book, if nothing else, and what may be found objectionable in the author's theology is offset with his own humour and anecdote.