Austin Farrer Paperback
The Essential Sermons
by Leslie Houlden;
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Austin Farrer by Leslie Houlden was published by SPCK in June 1991 and is our 45148th best seller. The ISBN for Austin Farrer is 9780281044641.
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Austin FarrerJohn Methuen, via The Good Book Stall
52 Sermons by Austin Farrer, Warden of Keble College Oxford 1960-68, Fellow of the British Academy. Leslie Houlden is Emeritus Professor of Theology at King’s College London.
The material in this book is superb, allowing for some expressions typical of their time, such as non-exclusive language, the Authorized Version of the Bible,” The Holy Ghost” plus a few typos. I myself had the privilege of sitting at the author’s feet at Oxford in the very last years of his life.
The Sermons are partly arranged as far as possible as a Systematic Theology, and partly based on the Church’s Year, neither of which quite fits.
The early sermons are for the most part Christological and cover the work of salvation: God exists because He acts – the place of miracles, a (rather unconvincing) explanation of the atonement, the resurrection and doubting Thomas, and our own death and resurrection. There is a tendency towards universalism which is never spelt out, and the cycle continues with the Ascension and the life of the Church, consisting of the Spirit, the Water and the Blood, and concluding with the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
The later sermons can be summarised under the theme of the three loves: God’s love for us, our love for God, and our love for each other. These are expressed in the life of Prayer, the Blessed Sacrament, Debates with atheists (remember that this is Oxford in the bleak days of Logical Positivism), Christian Language (figures of speech and pictures), and most importantly The Scandal of Particularity and the Continuity of the Christian life into Eternal Life.
Altogether there is much scholarship and wisdom in these sermons but they need to be dug out from a not very conducive medium in 52 sections not all of which are contextualised. Nevertheless, the author is a master of the art of putting profound ideas into straightforward language, and this volume should appeal to both the general reader, the student and the academic.
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|Page last updated||8th January 2016|
|Author / Artist||Leslie Houlden|
|Publisher||SPCK (June 1991)|
|Number of Pages||224|