A series of 23 meditations by an Anglican lay woman.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Letter to a friend -- All I know is, once I was blind and now I can see -- A woman in labour is in pain because her time has come -- I have called you friends, because I have disclosed to you everything that I heard from my Father -- Lonely one, you are the way to yourself -- And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter .. and Peter went outside and wept bitterly -- If you get simple beauty and nought else -- But we are old, our fields run wild Till Christ comes again as wandered and child -- The Least Things -- Gethsemane -- What went ye out into the wilderness to see ? -- Can I say I am worthless ? -- Let a man humble himself till he is like this child, And he will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven -- It is God himself who rises up in the heart of this simplified world -- O wonder of wonders, which none can unfold; The Ancient of days is an hour or two old -- I am the Truth -- Easter 1968 -- The Child is Father of the Man -- My song is love unknown, My saviour's love to me -- Maundy Thursday -- Voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room -- Whitsunday, but let's call it Pentecost -- Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance -- Where is the Wilderness ?
At head of title: The Rita and William H. Bell Professorship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies.
"Public Lecture, The University of Tulsa, October 23, 1994".
"The current state of Christian discourse is a shambles. .... Over the past hundred and fifty years or so, we have managed to put the astonishment of the Gospel proclamation not just in the shade but in deep darkness. .... What has occurred, I think, is this. First, we allowed ourselves to be lured into the dull business of answering people's questions about religion instead of throwing ourselves into the fascinating job of astounding them with the bizarreness of what God in Christ has actually done. Second, we bought into the entirely non-Gospel notion that Jesus is the official Boy Scout teacher of morality and that we as his church, therefore, could safely volunteer ourselves as the moral police force of the wrold. Finally, having thus become distracted from our real work, we found ourselves mired instead in the twin dismal swamps of religion and morality -- or, to put a finer, gentler point on it, in the profoundly marginal subjects of apologetics and ethics." -- p. [1-2].
Brief note re "Bell Professorship in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies" on inside front cover. Biographical note on "Father Robert Farrar Capon" and brief note re "Past Bell Lecturers" on inside back cover.
Bell Distinguished Visiting Professorship and Lecture series ; 5
"With a Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury".
"The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book".
"First published in Great Britain by Fount Paperbacks, London in 1990 in association with Faith Press". -- verso of t.-p.
The author "makes us recognize the perennial interdependence of word, image, symbol and ritual within Christian culture. He shows us how the creative religious imagination can enhance Christian living, and he almost persuades us that the ;post-orthodoxy' of our own times can strengthen rather than threaten our Christian identity. 'Being free to choose', he tells us, 'can be, possibly just is, more favourable to sincere and integrated Christianity that compulsion, although it gives us more to do'." -- Foreword.
"In this book the focus of that mystery, and the truth about our relations with other people, is the Eucharist". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie -- Acknowledgements: And On Going Down and Out -- Symbols and Time -- The Embarrassment of Riches -- Food for Tradition -- Picture Making -- Acknowledging Darkness -- Personal, Apersonal and Communion -- Life-Giving Criticism -- Jesus: Self Becomes Social.
Colophon: Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Collins Sons and Co. Ltd, Glasgow.
Author is a Church of England priest and Dean of King's College, Cambridge.
"Edited by Dr. Percy Dearmer, Canon of Westminster".
"The issue, indeed, is simple. The motives and methods of human life are not sufficiently moralised: it was to moralise the machinery of production, to limit the power of selfishness, that Wilberforce and Shaftesbury were working a century ago; and the whole world now enjoys what Christians then won: but in many ways industry and business, and family life, and civic and political activity, need further moralisation. Money -- the necessary use of tokens of exchange -- has been overlooked in its moral aspect (in spite of what Christ said about it) .... And, alas, there was one aspect of human life which was not understood a hundred years ago; and to this our present miseries are mainly due. The very word 'international' had then only just been coined by Jeremy Bentham. The whole conception of moralising international relations was in its infancy. So the world went on to its doom. So, because the nations and their representatives have not yet learnt the elements of international behaviour, we stand at this moment of writing on the brink of irretrievable disaster. It is in a very real sense true that only Christ can save the world from ruin to-day. Are we prepared to let his spirit save the nations from themselves ?" -- Preface, p. 10-11.
Contents: Preface By the Editor / Percy Dearmer -- Introductory: "Christ or Chaos ?" -- 1. Vindication / E.A. Burroughs -- 2. The Demands of the Ordinary Man / Albert Mansbridge -- Part I: The Present Chaos -- 1. The Intellectual and Moral Confusion / W.R. Matthews -- 2. The Confusion in Literature / Richard Ellis Roberts -- 3. The Social and Economic Confusion / P.T.R. Kirk -- 4. The Confusion in International Relations / J. Howard B. Masterman -- Part II: What Christianity Is -- 1. The Secret of Christ / Charles E. Raven -- 2. Christ's Conception of the Kingdom of God / Arthur Herbert Gray -- 3. The Original Fellowship Idea of the Christian Church / Joseph Wellington Hunkin -- 4. The Christian View of Man as Social / S.J. Bezzant -- 5. Christianity and History: -- a) General Development / Malcolm Spencer -- b) Social Progress and the Continental Churches / A.E. Garvie -- c) The Stockholm Conference / G.K.A. Bell -- 6. Uniting the Christian Forces / Edward S. Woods -- 7. What the Church is Doing: Social Activities / S.E. Keeble -- Part III: The Christian Solution -- 1. Personal and Family Life / A.A. David -- 2. Education / Charles Grant Robertson -- 3. The Social and Economic Order -- a) The Basis of Exchange / Hewlett Johnson -- b) Civic and Industrial Reform / J. Morgan Rees -- c) Individual Function and the Community / E. C. Urwin -- d) Labour and Leisure / A. Maude Royden -- e) The Rebirth of the Village / W. Beach Thomas -- 4. The State and Constructive Citizenship / W.G.S. Adams -- 5. The World of International Affairs -- a) Christianity and the League of Nations / Lord Dickinson -- b) The Crisis and the East / J.B. Raju -- c) Disarmament / Cosmo Gordon Lang -- d) A Christian Peace Policy / E.N. Porter Goff -- 6. Is There an Alternative ? -- a) Scientific Humanism and Religions of Life / H.G. Wood -- b) Industrial Secularism / Maurice B. Reckitt -- c) Communist Secularism / Nicolai A. Berdiaeff -- 7. The Church in the World: Failures and Opportunities / F.R. Barry -- 8. The Conclusion of the Matter / William Temple -- Index.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by The Camelot Press Ltd., London and Southampton". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index of names.
In this book Preston "begins by evaluating the Christian socialist traditions from which [R.H.] Tawney and Scott Holland gained inspiration. But in the light of its economic weaknesses he goes on to discuss the basic economic problems which any society has to resolve, and the bearing that the Christian social tradition has on them. This leads him to criticize the individualistic philosophy of the `radical Right', which has had a resurgence in the UK and the USA in the last decades; at the same time he questions whether the Christian social theologies in the contemporary church, Catholic or Protestant, have yet to come to grips with these problems. He wishes the churches to be `prophetic', but thinks that what this means needs much closer examination than it usually receives. In the last chapter Professor Preston discusses some underlying issues which churches need to face if they are to contribute more adequately to resolving the tensions in advanced industrial societies". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface dated Manchester, St. Gregory the Great, 3 September 1983 / Ronald Preston -- The Legacy of the Christian Socialist Movement in England -- Christianity and Economic Man -- The New Radical Right -- The Trend to the Left in Twentieth-Century Social Theology -- Problems of Prophecy -- Politics, the Church and the Gospel in the Late Twentieth Century -- Appendix 1: A Note on the Social Theology of Radical Christian Communities -- Appendix 2: Middle Axioms in Christian Social Ethics -- Notes -- Supplementary Bibliography -- Index.
"Copyright 1966 by Ernest Harrison". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"The original title of this book was 'Mother Church is Dead and Gone - What do the Children do Now ?' Though unsuitable, it summarized the theme with some accuracy. Mother Church is no longer a central character in the Christian drama, but the Church remains so. With the collapse of its authoritarian structure, many members are seeking new guidelines to replace those which have hitherto been provided only under 'lawful authority'. This book offers a few suggestions as to where those guidelines are being found. .... The following pages simply attempt to describe, as accurately and honestly as I can, some of the patterns of Christianity which I perceive in the present and which I think the future holds. An increasing number of Christians -- to a greater or lesser degree -- no longer accept the traditional creeds, doctrines, liturgies or moral precepts. Yet they consider themselves Christians and hope to be so received; they consider themselves loyal members of their respective denominations and hope to be so received. If this book enables them to feel more confident in their hope -- or if it enables those of a more traditional bent to welcome them -- then it will be justified". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Ernest Harrison -- Acknowledgements -- The New Freedom -- A Many-Splendoured Society -- So There is No God -- Did Jesus Believe in God ? -- Did Jesus Rise from the Dead ? -- A New Book Called the Bible -- The New Morality -- The New Parish.
Author is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.
"Published in cooperation with the Department of Religious Education of the Anglican Church of Canada". -- verso of t.-p.
"Copyright, Canada, 1965, by Pierre Berton. Second printing, January 1965". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-150) and index.
"[W]e can best understand the views of others by inviting them to express theirs under our own roof and with our blessing. .... Why not ask somebody who would express these views directly and confidently, and who would, in doing so, show us those areas where the Church needed to examine its work great care ? We therefore asked Pierre Berton if he would write such a book for us". -- Foreword, p. 8.
Contents: Foreword: The Uncomfortable Gamble / Ernest Harrison -- Preface dated Kleinburg, Ontario, August 1964 / Pierre Berton -- The Past: Why I Left the Anglican Church -- One: The Abdication of Leadership -- Was God Really on Our Side ? -- Can Nuclear War Ever Be "Just" ? -- What Colour Was Christ ? -- Is Good Business the Church's Business ? -- Can Christian Morality Be Pre-Packaged ? -- Two: The Tyranny of the Religious Establishment -- The Worship of National Creeds -- The Ecclesiastical Caste System -- Religion versus Christianity -- The Casting Out of the Outcasts -- The Comfortable Pew -- Three: The Failure of Communication -- Pretensions to Absolute Rightness -- The Special Language of Priesthood -- The Lukewarm Pulpit -- The Rejection of Twentieth Century Media -- Faith without Dogma -- The Future: Is Revolution Possible ? -- Notes -- Index.
Colophon: Printed and bound in Canada by The T.H. Best Printing Company Limited, Don Mills, Ontario.
OTCH copy 1 is hardcover, with dust jacket, Second printing, January 1965.