New PDF release: Christian Life and Practice: Anglican Essays

By Owen C. Thomas

This ebook is a examine of the Christian existence and the perform of Christians and the church from an Anglican viewpoint. It starts off with an research and explication of the constitution and means of the Christian existence sooner than God within the church and the realm related to a five-fold rule of lifestyles and the relation of this to religious path. this is often via an research and critique of the present spirituality circulate, which arose within the Seventies and which has come to dominate and misinform the church buildings. A sequel to the latter explains the beginning of the spirituality flow within the present Romantic stream that arose within the Nineteen Sixties and has stimulated all features of our tradition with ambiguous effects. subsequent there's a critique of up to date parish ministry as practiced in residential parishes that at most sensible ministers merely to the non-public lives of its participants, via a fictional tale of one of these residential parish that means a brand new departure in parish ministry. Then there's a critique of preaching within the Episcopal Church that's quite often thought of to be bad, and an offer of the way to triumph over this. The concluding 3 chapters deal with a primary challenge in our method of deepest prayer and how to get to the bottom of this, an offer for the way to beat the present deadlock within the Anglican Communion bearing on homosexuality, and a meditation at the accountability of Christians in public life.

"Owen Thomas is a prophet, within the biblical feel of the note, calling a group to ascertain its lifestyle and glance to the rock from which it used to be quarried. His booklet is revolutionary, every now and then radical, accurately since it is rooted within the better of a practice he is aware in addition to somebody. The scope of those essays is remarkable-from philosophical theology to parish administration-with a superior middle within the lifetime of the Spirit, lived amid the perplexities of history."

-Charles Hefling, Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College

"What Owen Thomas has to assert approximately Christian existence and perform will pride many, confound others, and problem we all to imagine extra significantly approximately issues that subject. it is a distinctively Anglican voice crying out on behalf of embodied spirituality, political engagement, and prophetic ministry."

-Arthur Holder, John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological Union

"In this legacy of his years as theological reflector on Christian existence, Owen Thomas, in his personal artistic manner, articulates the power insistence of the Bible and Anglican culture that religion and perform, fact and motion were so joined jointly through God that they have to by no means be placed asunder. really worth examining and pondering."

-Harvey H. Guthrie, Former Dean and Professor of outdated testomony, Episcopal Divinity School

Owen C. Thomas is Emeritus Professor of Theology of the Episcopal Divinity tuition, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the writer of 8 past books in theology and the philosophy of faith. A former physicist, he has been a vacationing professor on the Gregorian college and the North American collage in Rome, an accessory professor on the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and prior president of the yankee Theological Society.

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