By Owen C. Thomas

ISBN-10: 1498211011

ISBN-13: 9781498211017

ISBN-10: 1556358423

ISBN-13: 9781556358425

This booklet is a examine of the Christian existence and the perform of Christians and the church from an Anglican standpoint. It starts off with an research and explication of the constitution and technique of the Christian lifestyles earlier than God within the church and the realm concerning a five-fold rule of lifestyles and the relation of this to religious course. this is often by means of an research and critique of the present spirituality flow, which arose within the Seventies and which has come to dominate and deceive the church buildings. A sequel to the latter explains the beginning of the spirituality move within the present Romantic circulate that arose within the Sixties and has prompted all points of our tradition with ambiguous effects. subsequent there's a critique of latest parish ministry as practiced in residential parishes that at top ministers in simple terms to the non-public lives of its participants, by means of a fictional tale of this sort of residential parish that means a brand new departure in parish ministry. Then there's a critique of preaching within the Episcopal Church that's more often than not thought of to be terrible, and a suggestion of how to conquer this. The concluding 3 chapters deal with a primary challenge in our method of deepest prayer and how to unravel this, an offer for how to beat the present deadlock within the Anglican Communion relating homosexuality, and a meditation at the accountability of Christians in public life.

"Owen Thomas is a prophet, within the biblical feel of the be aware, calling a group to ascertain its lifestyle and glance to the rock from which it was once quarried. His e-book is revolutionary, now and then radical, accurately since it is rooted within the better of a convention he is aware in addition to a person. The scope of those essays is remarkable-from philosophical theology to parish administration-with a superb 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 claim approximately Christian lifestyles and perform will satisfaction many, confound others, and problem we all to imagine extra significantly approximately issues that topic. 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 via God that they need to by no means be positioned 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 college, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the writer of 8 past books in theology and the philosophy of faith. A former physicist, he has been a traveling professor on the Gregorian college and the North American university in Rome, an accessory professor on the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and earlier president of the yank Theological Society.

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