O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:
Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to the; through
the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth forever with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
– The Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Sunday closest to June 29
You might say we humans hardly ever notice peaks – financial, political, cultural, physical, and so on – until we find ourselves descending from them: down, down, into strange valleys, step by step, sometimes head over heels. (Prelude)
And yet, before we can start to see where we are, we have to look with some attention at the places where we have been.
This is hardly the first expectation that today's Episcopal Church has dashed.
Using the Episcopal Church as a window onto the general decline of the Protestant mainline, William Murchison has here given us a graceful and absorbing account of a great tragedy: the story of a grand and historically rooted church that sold its birthright for a pot of message. For any reader who wishes to understand, not only what the Episcopal Church has become, but also what it once was, and why that loss matters so greatly to us all, this is the book to read. --Wilfred M. McClay, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center [retrieved from Amazon 6/22/12]
CONTENTS: Prelude – Sunset and evening star – Love in the ruins – We few, we happy few – We shall overcome – Lord have mercy upon us – Womanpower – Pleased as man with us to dwell – Sex, anyone? – Gay times – Lighten our darkness – Postlude – Index [retrieved from www.loc.gov (Library of Congress) 6/22/12]