Pioneers of Modern Spirituality
The neglected Anglican innovators of a spiritual but not religious age
Paperback |136 pp |216 x 135 mm
A powerful, original and attractive book, highlighting the ways in which a liturgically rich and intellectually resourceful Christianity can provide the energy for radical witness and solidarity with the most marginal. Jane Shaw reminds us that Anglicans once knew a bit about this, and might do well to rediscover it at a time when such connections need making afresh in our confused culture.
The challenges these four faced, of disbelief, dislike of the church and decline in attendance, seemed as formidable to them as to us, but in their different ways they opened up ways of renewal based on prayer and beauty. It is very good to have these riches from the Anglican inheritance, so relevant to our own time, before us again.
What paths are open to those spiritually discerning people who find the institutional Church disappointing? Its a question thats been around for a long while and Jane Shaw helps us understand how some twentieth-century Anglican pioneers addressed it very seriously. An accessible blend of research and insight, this is a welcome and attractive introduction to some who erred on the side of provocation. Their wisdom is needed as much as ever.
Many people today think of themselves as spiritual but not religious. What riches and resources does the Anglican tradition have to offer those who are spiritually curious but on the margins of, or outside, the church, as well as to those inside the church?
Pioneers of Modern Spirituality introduces four Anglicans Evelyn Underhill, Reginald Somerset Ward, Percy Dearmer, and Rose Macaulay each of whom was a significant influence in a revived interest in spirituality at a time when people were questioning institutional religion.