ENGLISH SPIRITUALITY
an outline of ascetical theology
according to the english pastoral tradition


an excerpt

Martin Thornton


Authorized Reissue


© Akenside Press and Matthew C. Dallman, 2016. Reissued with permission of Monica Thornton. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, Akenside Press.

First British edition, 1963
by S.P.C.K., London
First United States edition, 1986
by Cowley Publications, Cambridge, MA

Cover image “Canterbury cathedral-stained glass 13” is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 / Cropped from original





CONTENTS

Preface (1963)
Preface (1986)

PART ONE: PRELIMINARY SURVEYS
1. The Pastoral Situation To-day
2. The Meaning and Purpose of Ascetical Theology
3. Spirituality and the New Testament
4. The English School: Its Development and Character

PART TWO: THE ENGLISH SCHOOL:
PATRISTIC AND MEDIEVAL DEVELOPMENT
5. Catholic Ascetic: St Augustine
6. St Benedict
7. The Cistercian Reform: St Bernard
8. William of St Thierry
9. The School of St Victor
10. The Franciscans
11. St Thomas Aquinas
12. Conclusion to Part Two

PART THREE: THE ENGLISH SCHOOL
13. The Celtic Church and Whitby
14. St Anselm
15. Prelude to the Fourteenth Century
16. Walter Hilton
17. Julian of Norwich
18. Richard Rolle and Margery Kempe
19. The Caroline Divines
20. The Book of Common Prayer
21. The Post-Caroline Disintegration
22. Spiritual Guidance To-day

APPENDIX: A Course of Study in Ascetical Theology



Go to PREFACE (1963).


© Akenside Press and Matthew C. Dallman, 2016. Reissued with permission of Monica Thornton. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, Akenside Press.