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The Helplessness Of God*The Helplessness Of God*

The Helplessness of God

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Many people are uncomfortable with the way in which leadership has been exercised within Christianity, and in this book Nicholas King looks at what the Bible tells us about the exercise of authority. The message is that human beings, with the exception of Jesus, always get it wrong, unless they are prepared to 'lead by listening' or exercise authority as an act of loving service. For the only absolute authority is God.

Why speak of 'the helplessness of God'? Because God is voluntarily dependent on our response, helpless until we make our decision, and will not force us to choose our own good. God's love is never tyrannical, always utterly respectful of human freedom. That must be the way ahead for authority in the Church.


  • About the Author
  • Introduction - Authority
  • Part 1 - The Old Testament Evidence
  • Part 2 - The Shape of Jesus' Life
  • Part 3 - Leadership by Listening
  • Afterword - Discernment


  • Book Format - Paperback
  • Published - 2014
  • Weight - 277g
  • Dimensions - 149 x 211 x 13 mm
  • ISBN - 9781848677159

About Nicholas King

Nicholas King SJ is a Jesuit Priest who taught for many years in South Africa, and then at Oxford University, where he has now returned as Assistant Catholic Chaplain, after teaching as a Visiting Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, then at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and at Heythrop College, University of London. He is also Provincial's Delegate for Formation for the British Jesuit Province.

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