A collection of spiritual discussions, George MacDonald's The Hope of the Gospel is a set of very powerful and very eloquently worded texts. MacDonald is perhaps more well-known to the general public as a fiction writer, especially as the writer of fantasy stories and fairy tales and a poet, but it is his essays on Christian theology that rank him among the most influential writers of the Victorian era and among the greatest spiritual masters of his age.
The Hope of the Gospel provides a deep interpretation of the Scripture, a look beneath the hasty and superficial interpretations that, according to the author, dominated Christian thinking in the 19th century. The reader is offered a thorough, exact and text-based interpretation, as well as the opportunity to meditate and have a spiritual experience. The twelve chapters in the book touch upon some of the most important topics in Christian thinking,such as Salvation from Sin, The Remission of Sins or The Heirs of Heaven, each of the chapters presenting scholarly and practical aspects alike. The final chapter in the book is entitled The Hope of the Universe and it provides a closure in a positive note.
The Hope of the Gospel is not a lightweight read. The language used by MacDonald is complicated and ornate at times, and the ideas discussed are among the most important ones in Western culture, certainly treated by the author as such. The book is challenging and worth not only reading, but also re-reading and contemplating, both for religious readers and for those looking for a way to understand Christian faith more thoroughly.
Considered to be an example and a master by authors such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and even Mark Twain, George MacDonald transmits an important message to humanity - one that cannot be disregarded.
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