Michael Ramsey, the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury, was an Anglican saint of the twentieth century. Able, self-effacing, alert, eager, full of kindness and with a lively wit, he remains a model spiritual leader and an inspiration to many serving priests today, His warmth and humour won him friends in all walks of life, at home and abroad. Perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to impart a sense of joy, which dispelled despondency and any narrowness of vision. For many people, he fulfilled his own dictum about sainthood: he made God real, Published to mark the centenary of his birth in 1904, this important study explores what made Michael Ramsey such a remarkable figure. Drawing on his many published writings, and reflecting on over fifty years of ministry. Glory (a word he always used with awe and reverence) offers a rich body of spiritual teaching about themes that were close to Michael Ramsey's heart: the centrality Of the Cross, the primacy of worship, the Church's life in Christ and its unity. It will enable his distinctive voice to be heard again by those who remember him, and also by a new generation of readers. More than a retrospective study, Glory relates Michael 'Ramsey's teaching, example and experience to the challenges and needs facing the Church today. as it proclaims the gospel in the modern world. It aims to reaffirm the essential unity, identity and vitality of Anglican Christianity and strengthen the integrity of its life and witness throughout the world.
'This is that rare book: learned yet deftly and lovingly explained, simple yet deep. I feel the better for being in its presence: as if I had completed a Summer School with a teacher who makes God real and Anglican theology attractively wholesome. And to make God real for someone, according to Ramsey, is to be a saint. (...) Ramsey always gets me thinking about God in Christ in new ways - with wonder and fresh hope. Dales has found much treasure.'
-- Jeremy Harvey
FRANCISCAN vol 17 No.2, May 2005
Part 1 The meaning of the cross: living through dying; the servant's sacrifice; the hard road of the cross. Part 2 The Church's life: an event 'born in eternity'; the 'one race'; theology and the spirit. Part 3 The primacy of worship: the saint's hidden life; set apart in awe and mystery. Part 4 The Church's unity: the great Church; unity in pain. Conclusion: the last sermon at All Saints.