London: S.P.C.K., 1961. Early printing. Tall octavo (8 3/4 inches tall) original red cloth, gilt spine, red top edge, original dust jacket. Nearly fine in an unclipped dust jacket. Item #1259
"THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE BODY, NOT THE SUM, OF ALL THE FAITHFUL"
Early printing of Martin Thornton's pastoral theology developing a "Rule of the Remnant."
Focused on "that Remnant of faithful souls—often very few in number—to be found in any parish," Thornton seeks to create The Rule of the Remnant for the faithful, as "their training and direction is of very much greater importance than devising schemes to interest the multitude." The text is preceded with an Introduction (in five parts) and divided into two sections: Part One. "Parochial Theology" and Part Two. Towards a Pastoral Ascetic. "Our task is twofold. First we must examine the Remnant hypothesis in light of the theology and history, then we must seek to apply it in terms of creative ascetical Rule." An additional Note to the Second Edition is added to Thornton's brief explanatory Preface: "The second part of the book deals with ascetical theology on an ordinary pastoral level, and it is in this subject that my particular interest lies." This second half of the book concludes with The Rule of the Anglican Church ("our most potent weapon"), composed of three aspects: 1. The Office, 2. The Eucharist, and 3. Private Prayer. With additional Supplementary Notes and an Index. First published in 1956, this is an early printing of the 1958 second edition.