Oliver Clément is one of the really original Christian minds of the last generation, poetic, visionary and profound. His work is still exceptionally fresh, offering an exhilarating sense of the scale and beauty of traditional Christianity for our era, and it needs to be far more widely known. This fine translation of an early work of his shows the quality of his mind and imagination and I hope it will whet the appetite of many readers to discover more.
This wonderful early essay by Olivier Clément is a revelation, a great discovery. In a word I would call it a "springtime," a look at God's relationship with us that is fresh, surprising in the best sense, even shocking. Enjoy the feast of riches!
If Olivier Clément is little known in the English speaking world, it is in large part because his writing is dense, elegant and difficult to translate. Jeremy Ingpen has rendered an immense service by making this important book available through his own excellent translation. This is a brilliant meditation on the mystery of time and eternity, produced in the mid-twentieth century by one of the last and most eloquent representatives of the "Paris School." Time, Clément affirms, was not made for death; but through the Incarnation and Resurrection of the Son of God, it becomes the vehicle for eternal communion with the Persons of the Holy Trinity. This unique book offers a profound Orthodox perspective that merits repeated readings.
In one of his earlier works, Transfiguring Time, Clément explores the working of the Holy Spirit in the world, and outlines his vision of transformational Christianity, a tradition deeply rooted in Patristic thought.
This is a profound meditation on religious history in general. The question of time and its relation to the meaning and understanding of Christianity, and that of space and the temporal dimension relative to the transcendental remains one of the greatest mysteries confronting the human mind.