The Battle for the Spirit
The Battle for the Spirit
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.
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Marriage was made for mankind
Marriage Was Made For ManKind
Marriage Was Made For Mankind
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
Thank goodness there's more than one life to live!
‘Thank goodness, there’s more than one life to live ! True personal experiences by people who have overcome all doubt in repeated lives on earth!’
This is a very readable introduction by a retired Camphill teacher and parent to the idea of reincarnation and karma, which draws mainly on accounts of personal experiences of past lives. Some of these will be familiar to many - Arthur Guirdham - Raymond Moody - Barbro Karlen, but others have come from less well known German sources or are unpublished. They are presented with very clear explanatory passages introducing them in a non-dogmatic way, so that the book can be offered to any interested person - indeed the intention for it. The author does not accept all accounts blindly - for instance he cautions against totally accepting the findings from past-life regression work, but basically he has a very open-minded approach. The book concludes with a consideration of reincarnation within traditional Christianity together with an essay by A.R Shepherd. A helpful list of sources could lead readers to explore their local libraries' reserve stores.
From: Newsletter, The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain, Recent Library Additions March 2012 V0L 89 N0 1
This book is an assemblage of various writings, accounts and reports of people who claim to have experienced, or to have recalled, the reality of reincarnation or repeated earth lives. Quite a large section of it is taken from the accounts of various practitioners of hypnotherapy who in the course of their treatments have been able to 'regress' their clients to memories of past incarnations. There are also excerpts and references to various published works and individuals, some quite well known, such as Edgar Cayce, and some less so. This list also includes works by George Ritchie (Return from Tomorrow) and Raymond Moody (Life after Life), both of which were best sellers. A surprising inclusion
here is Lord Dowding (Many Mansions - letters from men killed in the war), the man who commanded RAF fighter command during the Battle of Britain. Equally intriguing, is the account of the Swedish woman, Barbro Karlen, (including a former interview/article from New View 2000) who saw herself as the reincarnation of Anne Frank; an idea which the reader might dismiss out of hand, had they not read this account which describes how she was able to lead her parents, on a visit to Amsterdam, to the exact place where Anne Frank herself was concealed.
The final part of the book is mainly excerpts from various writers including Rudolf Steiner, T.H.Meyer, A.PShepherd and others.
The author's avowed intention in assembling this material is to make better known the reality of reincarnation. Much of the material is anecdotal; but on the other hand they are people's real experiences, many of which are interesting. Whether or not they are fact, is a question which inevitably leads to philosophical discussion. Readers will no doubt make up their own minds about what is presented.
From: New View, 2nd Quater, Spring 2012
By Alan Stott
– About this Book –
THE creative Voice can be heard in the Seasonal Prayers, the Epistles, of the renewed Christian mysteries. These meditative prayers relate to the life of the year participated. In this companion, the author links to humankind’s first sung prayers, once known by heart by every Christian priest as Messiah’s own “Book of Praises”. He also shares the insights of those who continue to hear the Voice, “musikē”, understood by Plato as a mus-ish educational force, and sometimes called “melos” (tune, musical line).
Every tune focuses on the present moment. We recollect the note before and anticipate the one coming. The Australian aboriginals speak of “song-lines”, and sometimes we also speak of the melody of a life. This companion reveals a “singing-speaking, speaking-singing” linking inner life to outer life throughout the year. Through rhythms, the heart reflects and we divine the music of creation. In this inner workshop, we re-discover an exact mysticism and what the phrase “man of prayer” has always meant.
ALAN STOTT has devoted part of his working life to music for the renewed sacraments.
“You have trodden ground that hitherto no one else has dared to do with regard to this most remarkable sequence of prayers… You approach as a musician… All in all it makes quite a fascinating little work full of weighty content.”
Letter (2001) from TACO BAY, till 2005 Erzoberlenker of The Movement for Religious Renewal
“… a valuable stimulus. It contains many thoughts which are wide-ranging and useful.”
Letter (2003) from HANS-WERNER SCHROEDER.
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