How should a Christian react to the revolutionary discoveries that are taking place in the scientific and technological world, which have also had a revolutionary effect on religion.
There the author explores and explains just who the Christian is, where he stands, and what he stands for today.
Today's Christian is in an identity crisis. The Stable state of the past is ended. But, says Dr. Robinson, an exciting new way, truth, and life are opening up.
The way now must be genuinely related to the great human questions of today. To be truthful now is not to abandon Christianity, but to grow and explore. Now people will take life where they find it- in church and out. And life will break out: for, as a Christian, he believes in life as resurrection. On these assumptions, he sketches roles for tomorrow's layman and tomorrow's priest, seeing both as a man for others.
The first four chapters of the book originally formed the substance of a course of University Sermons at St Mary's, Cambridge, in the Lent Term 1971. They were then expanded and increased in number for delivery as the Carnahan Lectures at the Union Theological Seminary, Buenos Aires, in July 1971.
They have subsequently been further revised and enlarged in the light of the questions and discussion. The contrast and the complementarity, of the old world and the third world are essential factors in any appreciation of the difference in being a Christian today.