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Happiness and Holiness: Thomas Traherne and His Writings [Paperback]

Thomas Traherne , Denise Inge

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Sept. 10 2010 Canterbury Studies in Spiritual Theology
The recent discovery of two manuscripts by Thomas Traherne has sparked renewed interest in the seventeenth century writer and a reappraisal of his significance not only as a poet but as a theologian and philosopher engaged in the political and social realities of his day. Happiness and Holiness includes extracts from the newest manuscripts, from better known works and from fragments and notebooks - all of Traherne's known works are represented, making this the most varied and complete collection of his writings available in a single volume. Here we see Traherne, who died at the age of 37, in all his creative genius as a visionary poet, political controversialist, contemplative, teacher, parson, amateur scientist, friend and benefactor. This volume offers for the first time an introduction to the full range of Traherne's work, and opens doors on the breadth and depth of Traherne's theology and its surprising resonance with our own times. Traherne is best known for his poetry of innocence, nature and joy, yet what we have known and loved best from his writings reveals only part of the picture. Happiness and Holiness allows a much richer and fuller understanding of Traherne to emerge. 'Traherne is poised to come into his own as a great classic of Christian thought and imagination, and this superb collection should make sure it happens sooner. Denise Inge gives the best available concise introduction to Traherne's life and work, and then offers a selection of his writing that decisively shows not only his extraordinary range as a spiritual writer, poet, philosopher, ethicist and celebrant of God and God's ways but above all the richness, liveliness and breadth of his theology. The sensitive and daring choice of extracts leads the reader into the depths of a life intensely engaged with God and with the glorious variety of creation. Again and again one is amazed at Traherne's striking relevance to the twenty-first century.' David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press (Sept. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853117897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853117893
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #888,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'the best available concise introduction to Traherne's life and work.' -- David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge 'Many people love the beauty of nature, but few have read one of its finest poets. Many people worship God, but few have seen his glory at the heart of all creation. Many study theology, but few do so with a sense of childlike wonder. The answer to all of these is: read Thomas Traherne. And if you want to know why, and what to look for in particular, read this splendid book.' -- Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham 'This "reader", for that is what it is, can be dipped into at any point, with gratitude to the editor and to Traherne; for we do refuse happiness, as he reminds us again and again, and these timeless reminders have survived by what seems like miraculous chance.' -- P J. Kavanagh, The Tablet October 2008 'Throughout the book, Inge achieves the dleicate balance between academic exposition and clarity, making the whole thing accessible to the average reader. This is a comprehensove study of Traherne's work written by someone who is clearly both an expert and an enthusiast'. -- The NEWSpaper - Spring 2009

About the Author

DENISE INGE studied Thomas Traherne for her doctorate and established the authorship of the manuscripts discovered at Lambeth Palace. She has complied a short Traherne anthology for SPCK's Prayer and Poetry series and frequently gives lectures and talks on Traherne. She joins other scholars such as David Ford, Mark McIntosh, Donald Allchin and William Countryman who have recently written on Traherne.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Selections Feb. 27 2013
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I enjoyed Centuries, liked Waking Up in Heaven, and now love Happiness and Holiness. They have different strengths, but all are a blessing. These works of Traherne keep you in your 'right mind' and present a viewpoint from within the Garden of Eden. Traherne rarely strays into the Knowledge of Good & Evil where most of us dwell too much. His words celebrate the delights of the Tree of Life.

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