The Marrow of Theology
Paperback ISBN: 0801020387
From the landing of the Pilgrims through the American Revolution, American religious thought was strongly influenced by the Puritan theologian William Ames. Quoted more often in the New World than either Luther or Calvin, Ames was read in Latin by undergraduates at Harvard and Yale as part of their basic instruction in divinity. Both Thomas Hooker and Increase Mather recommended the Marrow of Theology as the only book beyond the Bible needed to make a student into a sound theologian. Brief, lucid and comprehensive, the Marrow presents the substance of the Puritan understanding of God, the church and the world. Ames shows Puritanism to be an eminently practical religion which stresses individual experience and feeling. Connections run from Ames in the eighteenth and Friedrich Schleiermacher in the nineteenth.
Christianity and Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0156177358
Two long essays: “The Idea of a Christian Society” on the direction of religious thought toward criticism of political and economic systems; and “Notes towards the Definition of Culture” on culture, its meaning, and the dangers threatening the legacy of the Western world.
Visions of God
Four Medieval Mystics and Their Writings
Paperback ISBN: 0553351990
Explores the work of mystics who resisted the confines of traditional religion, including writings of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Walter Hilton, Dame Julian of Norwich, and the unknown author of "The Cloud of Unknowing"
In Search of the Contemplative Life
Paperback ISBN: 0345384245
In a meditative memoir named a Notable Book by The New York Times, the author recounts her quest for spiritual fulfillment and reconciliation with her Catholic upbringing, which takes her from Europe to a California monastery. Reprint. NYT.