Warring Souls: When religious faith is governed by ethical passion ‒ and when it isn’t by Martin Prozesky

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Warring Souls shows what happens when religious faith is governed by ethical passion ̶ and when it isn’t. It is the story of conflict between 35-year old Sarah Williams, the radical Professor of Christian Ethics at the fictitious St Mark’s College near George, and Dr Gerald Meyer, the recently-appointed and staunchly evangelical vicechancellor, together with their supporters. The story takes place in the first semester of 2006.

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Warring Souls shows what happens when religious faith is governed by ethical passion ̶ and when it isn’t. It is the story of conflict between 35-year old Sarah Williams, the radical Professor of Christian Ethics at the fictitious St Mark’s College near George, and Dr Gerald Meyer, the recently-appointed and staunchly evangelical vicechancellor, together with their supporters. The story takes place in the first semester of 2006.

The conflict includes a dramatic Easter event in the Swartberg mountains and reaches a tense climax at the end of a campus mission. Led by an eloquent missioner from Oxford, the mission is intended to bolster evangelical faith and indirectly  counter Sarah’s influence. Warring Souls includes flashbacks to her doctoral studies at Oxford and her sabbatical in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It carries a vital, ethical message for all believers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Martin Prozesky is an independent ethics trainer, researcher and writer. He was formerly a professor in the fields of theology, comparative religion and applied ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and now holds honorary research  appointments at both that university and the University of the Free State. He is the author of many academic papers and several books published internationally, and was made a Fellow of the former University of Natal ‘in recognition of distinguished contributions to knowledge’, in the words of the citation. Warring Souls is his first novel.

Endorsement from Professor Judith Brown 

"Like all good fiction which is not fantasy or escapism Warring Souls can be read at different levels. It is a story of academic life and the tensions which can erupt in apparently calm and dedicated educational environments. It tells of the political intrigue and organisation which can engulf many kinds of small communities. At its heart this is a sobering story of bitterness and the potential for violence when people of faith leave their minds at the doors of their holy places”

Judith M. Brown is Emeritus Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Oxford.

Amazon.com reviews:

“A Must Read!” “It’s not often I read a book twice. Warring Souls is one of the few….It’s a book for mature Christians who are not afraid to contemplate and reflect on disturbing ideas that may be at variance with their own….a book I would highly recommend.” 

 

“Brilliantly written and balanced in every way. A must read in today’s world.”

In The Witness and City Press:

 

“Interspersed with lyrical descriptions of the southern Cape, it is a story about people who sometimes fall in love, who have thrilling, and somewhat scary, adventures, and who also quarrel. In this novel the quarrel is about religion. The novel suggests a way forward. Do read it to see.”

Ron Nicolson, retired Anglican priest and university professor, and theologian

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