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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative challenge to our models of Church
Ian Mobsby's latest book is a deeply Trinitarian take on the way that the organised Church operates in Britain today. Its core theology starts from a search for a better picture of the person of the Spirit than most British churches offer. Around this he develops key notions: from tourists to pilgrims, from consumers to participants, from individualism to community...
Published on 9 Jun. 2008 by P. Rundell

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2.0 out of 5 stars sloppy editing and several inaccuracies
Encouraged by other reviews to purchase this book, I found it a great disappointment. Certainly it contains some useful and interesting insights but, for this reader at least, (i) the grammatical errors (mostly, but not entirely, the use of 'greengrocers' apostrophes') combined with (ii) several significant inaccuracies, were quite off-putting. For example (i) in the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars sloppy editing and several inaccuracies, 27 Aug. 2013
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The Revd Dr Shepherd "Peter Shepherd" (Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Encouraged by other reviews to purchase this book, I found it a great disappointment. Certainly it contains some useful and interesting insights but, for this reader at least, (i) the grammatical errors (mostly, but not entirely, the use of 'greengrocers' apostrophes') combined with (ii) several significant inaccuracies, were quite off-putting. For example (i) in the preface the editor is commended for his "finally editing process", whilst the description of the author at the end tells us that he is "an Associate Lecturer for two Colleges that training...." (p. 143); other howlers include: "Sufi's believe..." (p. 106), [within a quotation, and I am assuming the quoted scholar didn't get it wrong, otherwise a 'sic' would have been noted] "...end of life's travel's...." (p. 87), "...Christian's also trace..." (p. 18); spelling perichoresis accurately on p. 146 and as periochoresis on p. 147 - I could cite numerous other examples of this sloppy editing; (ii) blatant inaccuracies include: dates of Ecumenical Councils (p. 29) where he dates Chalcedon at 381 (actually 451; 381 was Constantinople); blaming Augustine (p. 134) for the inclusion of 'filioque' in the Creed (in fact, 'filoque' neither originated with Augustine, nor was his wording 'and', but 'through', and it was the Council of Toledo [589] which formally added it to the Nicene Creed); completely misrepresenting the Arian 'heresy' as being about the humanity of Christ (p. 26) when it was actually about his divine nature, and whether it was the same as (homoousios) or other than the Father's; I am not seeking to be pedantic, neither would I want to discourage an obviously good-hearted fellow priest, but I did ask myself: does this book (and so, author) really deserve any more of my time?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative challenge to our models of Church, 9 Jun. 2008
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P. Rundell (London) - See all my reviews
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Ian Mobsby's latest book is a deeply Trinitarian take on the way that the organised Church operates in Britain today. Its core theology starts from a search for a better picture of the person of the Spirit than most British churches offer. Around this he develops key notions: from tourists to pilgrims, from consumers to participants, from individualism to community. The book draws on aspects of Mobsby's own spiritual development, and reflects the experience of those with whom he has worked. The result is an affirmation of the open-ness of God's welcome and an assertion of the value of mystery. Its rejection of closed answers (and the closed communities they invite) accompanies an emphasis on apophatic paths to relationship with God, and implies greater attention to meditative and contemplative prayer.

There is, of course, plenty to disagree with. His take on Augustine, for example, is probably unfair to the full complexity of that extraordinary figure. But his thesis is surely that diversity and debate are closer to the heart of faith than dogma and division; he would be disappointed if nobody disagreed with him.

More urgently, the book is a creative and provocative call to live a different exploration of the calling to relationship which comes from the experience of the mystery of the Triune God. We can all be grateful for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars relational, revolutionary and relevant for right now, 12 Jun. 2008
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Mrs. Cl Catford "ammie cat" (London UK) - See all my reviews
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Whether you are on the faith journey or not, this book helps you to unlearn alot of the rubbish you may have picked up along the way about the Christian tradition in its truest sense. It explains that you do not have leap through hoops to become a christian, but that you/we are all in a relationship with god whether we choose to acknowledge it or not - and the glory if it is that this is a relationship - as the trinity which the author explains in easy to understand detail - is all about relationships - this is not about doing or saying the right thing, or being perfect, but being drawn into a relationship with a god who accepts as where we are, not where we or others think we should be - transformative and thought provoking, Read it if you read nothing else this month.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of the trinity, 16 Feb. 2010
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Amé Zine (Wattignies France) - See all my reviews
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A fascinating book that clearly yet mystically reveals the nature of God - the Trinity. The author shows the importance of the Trinity in our post-modern thinking and addresses the need for us to plunge deep into the ancient christian traditions in particularly the monastic spirituality and its implications. Ian also digs into the Eastern Orthodox tradition and its use of icons to connect with God in a deep and meaningful way.
there is much depth in this book.
I highly recommend it for those who are on a spiritual quest or merely interested in how to be church in the 21st century...
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