If God truly guides the Church then where on Earth is He taking it?!!
The Death of the Church and Spirituality Reborn is my second published book. Initially it was not intended to be an intellectual or academic work but more a musing of the rapid changes over the last fifty years of church life, although some of you might think otherwise! Church here refers to the Church of England. I have attempted to address the issues that are leading to the death of the Church and bridge the gap between Christianity and the more New Age pathways. Above all I call for a more spiritual approach to the pastoral care of the nation.
I have to warn you, my ideas are at times controversial and may upset people of more orthodox faiths. However, I endeavour to put forward serious and practical suggestions for positive change, but what I am really trying to answer is a question you may have asked yourself:
What is the point of a Religion?
See Extract from the book ‘The Death of the Church and Spirituality Reborn’ :- part of the chapter What is the point of a Religion – Any Religion?
Matt Harvey, BBC Radio 4
“In this timely and passionate book Reverend John addresses the lack of spiritual leadership in our society. He speaks for the reality and value of spiritual experience and argues that the crusty old Church and the flaky New Age can both learn from and enrich one another. The one can find a vitality hitherto lacking, the other coherence and authority.”
The author tries to get behind religious words to explore the nature of the sacred and of spirituality, finding commonality as well as diversity in differing religious formats. It is a controversial book and will upset some believers of Christianity, Wicca or of the New Age Philosophies. It is a ‘musing’ of the rapid changes over the last 50 years in the Church and a bridge between the incompatible bed-fellows of male God and female Goddess. The author tries to avoid ‘church speak’ using everyday words where possible. It is an attempt to clarify trends that are leading to the death of the Church and a desire for a more spiritual approach to the pastoral care of the nation. It begins with a rant, proceeds to ask some profound questions, presents some very deep thoughts but finishes with some unusually constructive proposals.
The author, whilst still Licenced to take services, is no longer a parish priest, but the saying is that the eunuch is probably the most knowledgeable expert of life and technique within the harem despite his obvious inability to perform.
Peter Varney, Progressive Christianity Network, issue 21, June 2017
This is an unusual text from an Anglican priest identified on the cover as ‘Reverend John’. The title indicates the extensive ground covered. It is an easy read, with short chapters of only a few pages. The book examines first the state of the Church, focusing on the Church of England rather than the wider world Church. He sees the Church as no longer relevant and suggests its future death stems from its failure to speak on spiritual matters, in particular about life after death. From this dying Church spirituality must be reborn. In the second part he introduces a variety of alternative spiritualities exploring the Kabala, psychic phenomena and other approaches to spirituality. The reader is led into the esoteric world as he urges that psychic abilities, including dowsing and magic, should be fostered. He advocates meditation. His focus is on individual spiritual development. ‘Belief systems do not control the subconscious’ which is where, he says, religious symbols belong.