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letters to the editor

Inspiration From Brother Steven CR Readers of New Directions might be interested to know that a reprint of ‘Called by God’ by Raymond Raynes CR is available through the Additional Curates Society as part of the series of Tufton Tracts [...]

Thought of the day

Whose Church is it anyway? I love the way we end November with the Feast of Christ the King. It is a month of falling leaves, reminding us of death and dissolution, and this month those who value traditional Christian [...]


It is very interesting reading the responses to articles published in this magazine; they range from interest, to mild amusement and onwards to absolute disgust and horror. New Directions has always been on the edge, it is a magazine that [...]


Austin Farrer on The Bible Farrer’s Short Bible, is a selection of readings from the Authorized Translation. It was to help those unfamiliar with the Bible to grasp the essential message. His aim is to explain the most basic facts [...]

touching place

All Saints’, Monkland, Herefs Heading west from Leominster into that open country towards the Welsh border, Monkland is the first village that you come to, and you soon spot this little church with the shingled timber broach spire. Closer up, [...]

Book of the month

Ian McCormack is inspired by a new edition of the life of a twentieth century prophet. THE LIFE OF RAYMOND RAYNES Second edition Nicholas Mosley American Church Union, 335pp, pbk No ISBN. £9 including shipping and handling, from The American [...]

the way we live now

Christopher Smith on swearing in front of the magistrate. The Magistrates’ Association has had a bright idea. They are consulting on the oath. It’s all a bit old fashioned, isn’t it? All that silly business about taking the testament in [...]


Ghosts TOM SUTCLIFFE wonders why Ibsen’s controversial play is so rarely performed Ibsen’s play Ghosts has never been staged at the National Theatre - a serious omission in its 50 years’ existence. Probably Ibsen’s most controversial work, written in 1881, [...]

faith of our fathers

Arthur Middleton on Richard Hooker November 3rd commemorates Richard Hooker, that great Anglican theologian, who presents a constructive synthesis in which the mystical, the intellectual and the institutional are mutually related and balanced. The mystical dimension is rooted in the [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Spiritual exercises Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House ‘It is all about eternity’, so said a Priest friend of mine last week. We were comparing notes, in general terms, about Spiritual Direction. ‘It is amazing,’ he went [...]

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