Nowadays, in the Western world, there is a widespread hunger for spirituality in all its forms. This is not confined to traditional religious people, let alone to regular churchgoers. The desire for resources to sustain the spiritual quest has led many people to seek wisdom in unfamiliar places.
So Philip Sheldrake begins his preface to each of the books in the Traditions of Christian Spirituality series in the early through late 2000s. Sheldrake laments that Christianity, with a few exceptions, is not seen as such a resource. I think for many of us, the lament is more that we ourselves have trouble seeing Christianity as such a resource. That is part of why I began reading some of this series.
The first book of the series I’ve read is Alan Bartlett’s A Passionate Balance: The Anglican Tradition. I will be posting about it on 2 October 2016 and each Sunday after that through the month. I have a lot to say about Bartlett’s Balance; I can’t promise to have as much to say about the others.
In the meantime, I’d like to remind you that I’ve posted a schedule already and that I would be happy for guest posts, if anyone wants to join in.
Alan Bartlett, A Passionate Balance: The Anglican Tradition
- “The Golden Mediocrity”: Bartlett’s Anglican Tradition
- Anglican Orthodoxy
- Anglican Reason
- Anglican Aesthetics
- Anglican Crisis
Susan J. White, The Spirit of Worship: The Liturgical Tradition
- Worship Invites Us: White’s Liturgical Tradition
Michael L. Birkel, Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition
Steven Chase, Contemplation and Compassion: The Victorine Tradition
John Anthony McGuckin, Standing in God’s Holy Fire: The Byzantine Tradition
Esther de Waal, The Way of Simplicity: The Cistercian Tradition
C. Arnold Snyder, Following in the Footsteps of Christ: The Anabaptist Tradition
David Lonsdale, Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality