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Glory Descending: Michael Ramsey And His Writings [Hardcover]

By Douglas Dales (Author), John Habgood (Author), Geoffrey Rowell (Author), Rowan Williams (Author) & Michael Ramsey (Author)
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Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.27 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802830390  
EAN  9780802830395  

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Michael Ramsey (1904-1988) was one of the greatest Anglican archbishops of the twentieth century and a man of spiritual depth who inspired a generation of Christians. Evangelical by origin, catholic by formation, and liberal by instinct, Ramsey learned from many traditions and, as Archbishop of Canterbury, moved ecumenical dialogue into a new and decisive phase. A remarkable spiritual leader, he continues to be remembered as both reverent and visionary. Glory Descending serves both as an introduction to Ramsey's life and as a reader of his key writings. The introductory chapter gives an overview of Ramsey's career and explains why he was such a significant figure in recent church history. The large selection of Ramsey's writings that follows makes readily accessible the essence of his thought. Drawn from all of his works, these powerful passages constitute an exceptionally consistent body of spiritual theology and teaching. Here we have not just a voice from the past but a prophetic call to holiness and faith in our own times. Also included are reflections by leading churchmen and scholars on Ramsey's continuing influence. Four pieces by Rowan Williams probe distinctive themes in Ramsey's thought. John Habgood and Geoffrey Rowell offer lectures prepared for the centenary of Ramsey's birth. Douglas Dales explores the contours of Ramey's spiritual theology. Finally, the book has been designed as a companion to the Christian liturgical year, making it an invaluable aid to preaching, teaching, and devotions.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Arthur Michael Ramsey (19041988) was the 100th archbishop of Canterbury. He also served as archbishop of York, bishop of Durham, and president of theWorld Council of Churches. Ramsey

was the Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and an influential

Anglican theologian. His portrait appeared on the cover of Time magazine, August 16, 1963, introducing coverage of "The Anglican communion:Worldly,Worldwide,

Catholic, and Protestant." A noted scholar, his other works include The Resurrection

of Christ (1944), F.D. Maurice and the Conflicts of Modern Theology (1951), and From Gore to Temple (1960).

Michael Ramsey was born in 1904 and died in 1988.

Michael Ramsey has published or released items in the following series...

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Glory Descended  Jan 8, 2007
A reader in the writings of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1961 - 1974, is long overdue. Although this particular volume does not quite make up for the deficit, it does a fine job in providing readers a generation of Ramsey's death an introduction to one of the most holy men to have ever sat within the see of Canterbury. It is accompanied by several essays on Ramsey's theology as well as two homilies, the first by the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the second by Douglas Dales, the leading scholar of Ramsey's thought and author of a fantastic study of Ramsey's theology entitled Glory!. Bound quite sturdily in a hardcover book and beautifully printed, it is obvious that those who edited Glory Descending - Douglas Dales, John Habgood (former Archbishop of York), Geoffrey Rowell (Anglican Primate of Europe), and Rowan Williams (current Archbishop of Canterbury) - edited it not just with an eye to the mind, but to the heart as well. It is no exaggeration to write that this volume is lovingly edited.

This book is not, however, a theological reader so much as a theological devotional. This may sound strange, for theology and devotion are often seen as being antithetical to each other - and in certain forms of Christianity they are - but in the life of Michael Ramsey, the heart and the head were always joined together, with neither division nor confusion. Thus, the writings collected and edited within this volume are, like many devotionals, given in rather short form; some selections are a few pages long, but most only a few paragraphs (and some not even that). It is a format that one might think would not work, but it actually works surprisingly well. In perusing the pages of Glory Descending one is therefore given to depth: of the heart and the mind. The book is actually arranged according to the Church year, so that various readings are set within the historic seven season framework, but whether or not one wishes to read it seasonally, it reads quite smoothly.

Ramsey is perhaps best known for his book The Gospel and the Catholic Church, which was first printed in 1936. To this day it remains the greatest work on ecclesiology ever written by any Anglican theologian - and, for that matter, one of the finest works of ecclesiology ever written by any Catholic Christian period. Ramsey was, through and through, an Anglican: deeply rooted in the Bible, Church and Sacraments. His writings - on the Church, the sacraments, Christ, God, prayer, the transfiguration (all of which are sampled extensively in this book) - breathe the breath of the ages; it is obvious that Ramsey did not do theology as if he were shooting from the hip but yielded himself to a deep, deep study of the Tradition. The voice he speaks with is not simply his own, but joined to the chorus of the saints of all ages, East and West (and Ramsey was deeply indebted to Eastern Orthodoxy, being the first Archbishop of Canterbury to ever be invited to visit the Russian Orthodox church - during the reign of Stalin, no less! - as well as being quite active in the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius; Geoffrey Rowell has a wonderful essay within this volume on Ramsey's indebtedness to the Easter church, especially with regard to the transfiguration of Christ). This ability to join his voice - to yield his voice - to the great doctors, East and West, only shows his own humility and, at the same time, also let his own voice resound that much more clearly - but, such is the paradox of all saints!

Glory truly descended upon St. Michael Ramsey of Canterbury; he is among the last of the great Anglican theologians and he is too often neglected today, for his writings reveal a deep spirituality, animated by Scripture and rooted in prayer, a compassionate and humble spirit that was equally at home with Biblical scholars and the great saints of ages past. This hardcover book is not just a book to be read, but a book to be meditated upon again and again. In every age there are a handful of genuinely holy people that really point the way to God; Michael Ramsey was one of them. This is a fine introduction and survey of one of Anglicanism's - and Christianity's - finest and no Anglican, especially, should be without a familiarity with his writings - which were, in many ways, doxologies at the same time. May his memory be eternal.

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