Doctrine for Mission: why we need a new systematic theology | Father Richard Peers

Reading Adam Tooze’s book Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world on the economic crisis 2008 – 2018 (see my review here), I was struck by his question, near the end of the book, on the status of economics as the ‘queen of the sciences’, a title traditionally reserved for theology. The same question had come into my mind when I read Yanis Varoufakis’ book Talking to my daughter about the economy (see my review here).

Post-modernism would have us believe that there is no shared world view, no common narrative for understanding the world. It is interesting that both of the…

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Liturgy for Mission: How often have you prayed the Creed today? | Father Richard Peers

In the Anglican Breviary (top) and the Monastic Diurnal (below) the rubrics give the instruction for prayers to be said before and within the Office. On an ordinary day the Apostles Creed would be prayed four times. In the Book of Common Prayer, Cranmer, using the traditional Office as his model, included the Creed at both Matins and Evensong. For catholic Anglicans the Rosary would have been prayed daily by many, adding a further recitation of the Creed.

In Common Worship Daily Prayer the Creed is printed on the inside back cover, as if it is, like the Gospel Canticles, also printed in the…

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Guest Post: Consecrated celibacy – a personal journey | Father Richard Peers

There is much confusion about celibacy in both the church and society. I am privileged to accompany a number of individuals as well as a national, ecumenical network of solitaries. It is a delight to publish this guest post from one of those I accompany as her ‘guardian of vows’ on behalf of the bishop to whom she made them.
I rejoice that this vocation is flourishing in our church, I am convinced that it is a sign of the Spirit at work and that we won’t be able to make sense of our sexuality debates unless we get the vocation to celibacy right.
The writer wishes to remain anonymous.

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Queen of the sciences – Economics or Theology? | Father Richard Peers

Originally published on Ian Paul’s blog Psephizo in November 2017, I am reposting here as I am preparing further posts on Systematic Theology and Economics.

A review of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis, Bodley Head 2017 (2013):

There is competition for the title ‘Queen of The Sciences’. Traditionally applied to theology as the summit of knowledge and the science which explained the meaning of things and held together the other areas of knowledge, the title was also claimed, in the nineteenth century, for mathematics.

Perhaps, in our own time the title could be…

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Guest Post: Coat of Alms: The Cassock in Parish  – Mother Hannah Cartwright | Father Richard Peers

My parish is a ‘cassock or jeans’ kind of parish. The site of Newman’s conversion to Roman Catholicism, home to his College and the church he fundraised and built for the locals, and at the centre of some significant ecclesiastical events over the years, so you might expect that wearing the cassock in parish would simply be an extension of the church’s liturgical tradition or a nod towards its Anglo-Catholic heritage. However, the truth is far more pragmatic.
As one might anticipate, Newman’s legacy here is strong but it is perhaps expressed more in terms of social outlook than…

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“Mary is music in our need, And Jesus light in store.” Newman’s poem for Candlemas | Father Richard Peers


by John Henry Newman

The Angel-lights of Christmas morn,

Which shot across the sky,

Away they pass at Candlemas,

They sparkle and they die.
Comfort of earth is brief at best,

Although it be divine;

Like funeral lights for Christmas gone,

Old Simeon’s tapers shine.
And then for eight long weeks and more

We wait in twilight grey,

Till the high candle sheds a beam

On Holy Saturday.
We wait along the penance-tide

Of solemn fast and prayer;

While song is hush’d, and lights grow dim

In the sin-laden air.
And while the sword in Mary’s soul


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“Wide open from that hour, The temple-gates are set”: Keble’s poem for the Presentation | Father Richard Peers

The Purification.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  St. Matthew v. 8.

   Bless’d are the pure in heart,

   For they shall see our God,

The secret of the Lord is theirs,

   Their soul is Christ’s abode.
   Might mortal thought presume

   To guess an angel’s lay,

Such are the notes that echo through

   The courts of Heaven to-day.
   Such the triumphal hymns

   On Sion’s Prince that wait,

In high procession passing on

   Towards His temple-gate.
   Give ear, ye kings—bow down,

   Ye rulers of the earth—

This, this is He: your Priest by…

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