Quenching Hell

The Mystical Theology of William Law

Alan Gregory

Oct/2008, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781596270893



This book has a simple purpose: to show what a conversation with William Law - "England's greatest prose mystic" - can do for contemporary faith.

Law composed one of the most startling and vigorous wake-up calls in the Christian tradition. Under the influence of his beloved Jacob Boehme, Law also wrote a series of works that spiral around the subject of Christ, born in believers as the formative power of their lives. His accounts of creation, fall, and redemption are arresting in their expression, and his working of classical topics such as atonement, wrath and judgment, spirit, prayer, and love suggest just how much we need a "mystical" theology.




Alan Gregory, an Anglican priest and theologian, is associate professor of church history and associate dean for academic affairs at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

“Imagine one of Anglicanism’s deepest and most discerning spiritual teachers coming to visit you. Alan Gregory has brought William Law into our present in this companionable work of superb scholarship and insight. Drawing on all of Law’s writings, he engages Law’s vision in a lively conversation with our own spiritual questions and contexts. This is a gift to students of the history and theology of Christian spirituality as well as anyone seeking a deeper spiritual life.”— Mark A. McIntosh, Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

"This is a remarkable book.  Gregory renews William Law’s “serious call” and visionary theology for contemporary readers and revives Law’s claims on our attention with clarity and conciseness and with an eloquence, wit and wisdom all his own.  This is a deeply appealing work of historical, theological and homiletic imagination.  I recommend it highly for thoughtful readers, for believers and unbelievers of all persuasions." – Walter L. Reed, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor, Emory University

Alan Gregory has provided a full and well-written account of the mystical theology of William Law--one that will put to rest the common charge that Law's account of life in Christ is all law and no grace. His account of Law's mystical theology articulates the beauty of God, "the excellencies of Christ," and the way of restoration." – Philip W. Turner, Vice-President, The Anglican Communion Institute

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