Our Church by Roger Scruton
A Personal History of the Church of England

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...the great puzzle of this book is that it hardly mentions the cathedrals, which are the great success story of the modern established church, their congregations growing and their fabrics better cared for than ever before.
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For most people in England today, the church is simply the empty building at the end of the road, visited for the first time, if at all, when dead. It offers its sacraments to a population that lives without rites of passage, and which regards the National Health Service rather than the National Church as its true spiritual guardian. In Our Church, Scruton argues that the Anglican Church is the forlorn trustee of an architectural and artistic inheritance that remains one of the treasures of European civilization. He contends that it is a still point in the center of English culture and that its defining texts, the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer are the sources from which much of our national identity derives. At once an elegy to a vanishing world and a clarion call to recognize Anglicanism's continuing relevance, Our Church is a graceful and persuasive book.
 

About Roger Scruton

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Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has written on aesthetics, politics, music, and architecture. He is Research Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington and Oxford and is Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. His most recent books, The Uses of Pessimism and Green Philosophy, were pubished by Atlantic Books.
 
Published February 1, 2013 by Atlantic Books. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Diarmaid MacCulloch on Jun 19 2013

...the great puzzle of this book is that it hardly mentions the cathedrals, which are the great success story of the modern established church, their congregations growing and their fabrics better cared for than ever before.

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