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If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him

Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry

If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him

Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781906286170
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 01/06/2009
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
At a time of uncertainty for the Church, this robust challenge to an outmoded style of ministry offers realistic encouragement for the future. The book's deliberately provocative title echoes: If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him; its thesis is that the shadow of George Herbert's parish ministry lingers still in the Church of England, placing an impossible burden of unreasonable expectations upon today's parish clergy. The author sets out realistically to assess the context of Herbert's life and to explore the difficulties of parish life today; he concludes by outlining a more sustainable pattern for the future. This is a book of the long view. In looking at the status and role of parish clergy it draws on the work of historians, social anthropologists, psychologists and theologians and presents their ideas in a readable and passionate style. It is neither a jeremiad nor pollyanna-ish in its analysis or its prescriptions, but rather sees the future strength of the parochial clergy to be found in a recovery of historic, renewed understandings of priestly ministry. In a climate of such uncertainty for the future of the church, it will be an encouragement for priest and people, and welcomed by both.

Justin Lewis-Anthony

Justin Lewis-Anthony is Rector of St Stephen's Church in the city and diocese of Canterbury and was formerly Precentor of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He has lectured, and led retreats, on film, popular culture and theology. He is a convenor for Affirming Catholicism and the author of Circles of Thorns (Continuum) and the popular blog

"A witty, well-intentioned book. Behind its conclusions there are sophisticated analyses of any number of theological and sociological ideas"--Sanford Lakoff "The Catholic Herald "

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