This volume has been produced to celebrate the eightieth birthday in June 1999 of Professor John Macquarrie. It is indeed a Festschrift with a difference, in that most of the material has been supplied by Professor Macquarrie himself. The project was initiated by Dr John Morgan, President of the Theological Graduate Foundation in the United States, whose idea it was to produce a book which would give a picture of what it is like to live and work as a theologian. He and his associates engaged in conversation with Professor Macquarrie in a relaxed atmosphere over a period of five days, and organized the resulting material into this unusual tribute. The reflections recorded here are personal, specific and demonstrative of both Professor Macquarrie's genuine humility and his passion for his life's work. A selection of lectures marking important milestones in his life has also been included, among them his inaugural lectures at Union Theological Seminary, NewYork and Christ Church, Oxford, and lectures given before the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Georgina Morley has provided a substantial outline for each of his major books, and there is a comprehensive bibliography of all his published writings and translations. Professor Macquarrie's many admirers will welcome this tribute to one of the most popular and well-loved of twentieth-century theologians.