Four forgotten figures in Anglican spirituality whose wisdom is still relevant today
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.
"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