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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281061165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281061167
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Ramsey was the one hundredth Archbishop of Canterbury, and held office from 1961 to 1974. He died in 1988.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. F. C. Thompson on 16 Mar. 2010
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This is a wonderful book, a collection of lectures given to young men - when the book was written all priests were men - on the eve of their ordination. the observations and insights given are still as fresh today as when the book was first published in 1972. I give this book my highest rating, and would suggest that anyone who is seeking a vocation or those that are involved with the selection of ordinands need to have this book in their library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 23 Nov. 2005
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As I reflect on the different things that led me here, and the experiences I have had in the few years since my ordination, I thought that Michael Ramsey's The Christian Priest Today would be a worthwhile text to read and contemplate.
'Today' for Ramsey is not in fact today--the book is derived from lectures first published in 1972, and revised again in 1985. These are available in a slim volume published in the United States by the Cowley Press, well known for liturgical and theological works. Michael Ramsey was Archbishop of Canterbury, and one of the men to have held that job in the last century particularly noted for his theological ability. (Most, but not all, have been regarded as theologically unsophisticated and lackluster -- William Temple is another exception to this rule.)
Ramsey credits Karl Rahner and Edward Schillebeeckx as particularly valuable theological mentors; interesting intellectual friends, given that both were Roman Catholics. Ramsey also gives mention to the influence of Henry Chadwick, Richard Baxter and P.T. Forsyth. It is gratifying for the theological scholar to have such influences noted up front, so that further research can be carried out and the guessing game of 'where did he find that?' is made much less mysterious.
Ramsey begins the book by talking about the general decline in Christendom, and the decline in particular societies of religious sentiment and affinity. However, he also notes that `...there are priests and would-be priests as devoted and as intelligent as at any time in history. This book is designed to hearten them and to help them in their understanding of their calling.`
It is for this reason that I consider it a valuable aid for reflection at this anniversary date of my own ordination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. R. Hingley-hickson on 19 Oct. 2010
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This book was first published in the 1950's for priest who had alreasdy done their studies. However, it remains a deeply spiritual, inspirational and relevant book for those exploring their vocation as a priest.
A must read for all those who believe they have a vocation in the church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Francis Quinnell on 6 Dec. 2013
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This is the Classic book by the Greatest Archbishop of the twentieth century for all who are examining their vocation.
I always keep a copy on my bookshelves and a spare for those whoI think God is calling.
Read page 43 and ask yourself, is this me?

Father Peter (AnAnglican Rector)
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Michael Ransey is a favourite of mine, and it impressed me that he (as a high chaurchman) had read "The Reformed Pastor" by Richard Baxter, a well known Puritan Divine. For anyone, be they Free-Church or Anglican, who feels they have a call to Ministry, this is a "must read". Deeply spiritual as well as practical - I hope more people discover it.
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By P. Thompson on 8 Mar. 2013
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This is a very informative book and was chosen because it was recommended by a priest to my husband. It is alledged that it will give one Insight into what to expect as one begins their journey into the priesthood. Book arrived in time and in the condition as descriibed.
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By Steve on 4 Feb. 2013
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A well recommended book for both religious and non-religious. Helps see what the termoils a normal priest will face in their parish, both male and female!!
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By Angus on 8 Jan. 2013
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Saved me a great deal of money. Needed for my training and as there are many books to obtain and read, this one helped tremendously. Many thanks.
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