Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Golden Thread of God

Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Golden Thread of God

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Ian Stuchbery

EXPERIENCING GOD IN A SECULAR WORLD

Hamilton Books, 2011 81 pages, $17.95 ISBN 9780761854982

THIS LITTLE BOOK, by Ian Stuchbery, a retired Anglican archdeacon who has served in several dioceses within the Church of England and the Anglican Church of Canada, reflects on the personal experience of a sensitive pilgrim and priest since the Second World War. Indeed, it begins with recollection of staying in his uncle's vicarage in the country when his house was bombed, and ends in the present.

For Stuchbery, it is useful and important to identify the dominance of secularism in postwar society and the accompanying assumption that religious faith is at least irrelevant and probably misplaced. It is also important for him not to demonize secularism but to watch it. He applauds the work of a long list of late-20th century authors, mostly within the church and mostly of some sort of liberal and prophetic bent, who have advanced church understanding of the Christian proclamation and the problems of society. …

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