James Alison has recently been in Australia and John Cleary, a veteran ABC broadcaster and one of Australia's best-known commentators on religion, interviewed him. Here’s the “promo” for the show, which aired 8th June 2014:
“James Alison grew up in a very good English Protestant family.
He was baptised by the famous English evangelical John Stott. Family friends included Billy Graham, Chuck Colson and Doug Coe.
In his turbulent youth he converted to Catholicism.
His search for meaning led him into religious life, and he became a Dominican friar…
…James studied at the Dominican house in Oxford - Blackfriars- with some other eminent Dominicans - like the present bishop of Parramatta - Anthony Fisher, whom people keep mentioning as in the running for next Archbishop of Sydney.
Well James Alison didn't become a bishop, rather he left the order years ago. He remains an itinerant Catholic priest living and writing from Brazil- where he has settled.
He's a fiercely bright theologian deeply influenced by French writer Renee Girard. Girard has convinced many Christians to reject the idea of an angry punishing God. He reckons human being have invented an angry God, and that its religious people themselves who need to ditch their own bubbling anger and righteousness.”
James Alison has recently (Late May / June 2014) been in Australia giving clergy retreats.
You’ll find the (downloadable) podcast here.