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THE BATTLE FOR THE SPIRIT; THE CHURCH & RUDOLF STEINER

By Ven. A. P. Shepherd DD. This is an anthology of essays, articles and speeches by the Venerable A. P. Shepherd DD. Compiled and introduced by David S. Clement.
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Product Code: ISBN 978-0-9524403-0-7

This much loved book returns!
THE BATTLE FOR THE SPIRIT - The Church and Rudolf Steiner” is an anthology of essays, articles and speeches by the Venerable A. P. Shepherd DD. Born in Barbados in 1885, and educated at the University of Wales and Jesus College, Oxford, A P Shepherd began his ecclesiastical career as Curate of All Saints Church, Northampton, eventually rising to the position of Canon Emeritus of Worcester, and Vice Dean of the Cathedral, before his death in 1968. During this long and distinguished career, he published several volumes of theology. He also contributed religious articles to the Birmingham Post and gave a series of talks on the BBC.

A new Approach to Christianity
This book is a collection of some of the writings, lectures and broadcasts of Canon Shepherd, a man perhaps best known for his book A Scientist of the Invisible (1954) which is an introduction to the work of Rudolf Steiner. This made a great impression at the time because this well-respected Archdeacon and Canon of the Church of England was prepared to come forward and testify positively to the contribution made by Rudolf Steiner to the evolution of humanity. David Clement, who compiled this collection, introduces it with an excellent biography of the author. The first part of the book contains articles written for The Birmingham Post which are all short and which serve as guide to the Christian cycle of the year. They are a help for understanding the festivals. They are easily readable; some of them have a humourous element: for example, in order to illustrate the meaning of one of the parables of the New Testament, Canon Shepherd gives to the Pharisee and the Publican English names – Mr. Robinson and Mr. Smith. Individual articles could be read again and again at the appropriate time of the year. The second part contains longer articles and lectures. They reveal how sensitive Shepherd was to the needs of the various audiences he was addressing, and his ability to express himself in a fitting and relevant way. One article worthy of note is an exposition of the Council of Constantinople, where the Western Church asserted that man is a duality of body and soul as distinct from a trinity that includes the spirit. Shepherd shows how this has influenced the churches’ attitude to knowledge of the spirit today. PETER BUTTON


 

Published: First Impression 1994, Second Impression 2007

Publisher: Anastasi Ltd

152 pp

140 x 217 mm

paperback

ISBN: 978-0-9524403-0-7

EISBN: 978-1-909124-00-4 Also available as an eBook on the Apple iBookstore £2.99

Also by the same author:

"Marriage was Made for Man"

A Study of the Porblem of Marriage and Divorce in relation to the Church of England

This book was controvercial at the time it was written and remains controvercial today, but just as relevant, because in fact no marriage breaks up unless there has first been a controversy.

Marriage, divorce and remarriage may have become more common in todays world but it cannot be said that it affects those involved any less and yet it still remains a controvercial subject within both society and the Church.

Dr Shpherd's object in writing this book is to offer his help. As a pastor, he helped many through his sympathetic and understanding approach and by demonstrating the balance between Christ's ideal of and for marriage whilst at the same time imitating his charity towards those who fail to do so.

"It is seen to be a spiritual relationship between husband and wife, the breaking of which must always be a spiritual tragedy, even if it is the inescapable result of human weakness or sinfulness. But it is only by combining with this exalted concept of marriage, our instictive English belief in the right of individuals to be free from spiritual coercion or deprivation in following  the dictates of their own conscience, that the Church can help the nation solve this problem of which it is deeply conscious. As in the Orthodox Church, the mystery of the divine ideal of marriage must be interwoven with the mystery of the divine compassion".

Ven. A. P. Shepherd

Published: October 2012

Publisher: Anastasi Ltd

EISBN: 978-1-909124-07-3

Available as an iBook on the Apple iBookstore


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