Tue 30 Sep 2014 @ 15:19
Dangers of stock-take no.2: ghosts of Christmas (cards) past in the basement
Author(s): Raymond Chapman
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This new and broad ranging anthology replaces A Feast of Anglican Spirituality on the Canterbury Press list and is a more comprehensive guide to Anglican doctrine and practice, suitable both for browsing and for continuous reading. It is sometimes said that Anglicanism has no distinctive doctrine, yet this volume demonstrates a clear Anglican contribution to Christian thought and practice.
"What a treat! (...)I warmly recommend it as evidence of the sort of Church the Church is, and of the nature of the Communion that, under God, has developed from it. (...) Each section has an introduction, largely historical and eminently readable, in which Porfessor Chapman demonstrates what a judicious master of good prose and Anglican history he is. Much of the peasure of the book lies in these introductions.
There is also a splendid opening review of the narrative of Anglican thought from Henry VIII until now, which manages to be magisterial while remaining fluent and clear.
(...) Such a Church is hard to sum up. The inspiring evidence of its spirit, however, is in these pages, and the reader is in debt to Professor Chapman for his selection of texts, and his attractive presentation of them. Weary of strident voices in the Church and the world today, we can turn to this book. It conveys serious truth at a reasonable price, and in persuasive form." Prebendary John Gaskell, former Vicar of St Alban's Holborn, CHURCH TIMES, 27 January 2006.
Raymond Chapman is the author of many widely-used books of prayer and devotion including Leading Intercessions, Hear Our Prayer, and A Pastoral Prayer Book. He was a Vice-Chairman of the Prayer Book Society, Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the University of London, and a greatly loved priest in the diocese of Southwark. He died in 2013.