Everything else follows once we respond to the call out of nothingness which was issued to us from before the foundation of the world, and which is to lead us “from glory to glory” everlastingly. accordingly, when Solzheitsyn said the “the world will not be save until everyone is concerned about everything” he was underlining the truth that no time, no place, no thing nor any person is outside that call or outside our concern. The urgency of the call grows more intense with each passing year as the ideologies of death spread ever more widely throughout the human family. "I have set before you life and death ...", said god, "therefore choose life". That choice could never be anything but radical.
Donald Nicholl is a Yorkshireman, born in the neighbourhood of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. After studies at Oxford and four years’ army service in World War II, he taught history at the Universities of Edinburgh, Keele and Cambridge. From 1974 until 1980 he was Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and from 1981 to 1985 he served as the first lay Rector of the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research, Tantur, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. An Honorary Fellow of the Cowell College, University of California, Santa Cruz, and an Honorary Professor at Keele University, he now spends much of his time in writing and lecturing but also devotes much of his energies to work in the peace movement. Since the publication of his latest book, "Holiness", he has been frequently invited to give retreats both to laypersons and to communities of nuns and monks. He is married and has five children and six grandchildren.