Pioneers of Modern Spirituality

The Neglected Anglican Innovators of a "Spiritual but Not Religious" Age

Jane Shaw

Oct/2018, 176 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898691672



Distinguished Anglican theologian Jane Shaw presents four of the early 20th century Anglican innovators in spirituality and assesses how they might help us develop a renewed Anglican spirituality for our own “spiritual but not religious” age. These four Anglicans—Percy Deamer, Evelyn Underhill, Somerset Ward, and Rose Macaulay—are people who revived spirituality at a time, like our own, when people were questioning institutional religion.

Jane Shaw is Principal of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford. She was formerly Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. She has a doctoral degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley, Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the Episcopal Divinity School, Colgate University, and the Graduate Theological Foundation.

"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 al a time when such connections need making afresh in our confused culture."—Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury "What paths are open to those spiritually discerning people who find the institutional Church disappointing? It's a question that's been around for a long while, and Jane Shaw helps us understand how some twentieth-century 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." —Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor, St. Paul's Cathedral, London

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