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The Gift of Theology: The Trinitarian Vision of Ann Griffiths and Elizabeth of Dijon
Arthur MacDonald Allchin (1930-2010), best known as Donald Allchin, was ordained priest in 1957 and later became a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He first gained recognition as a writer with ‘The Silent Rebellion’, a study of the nineteenth-century recovery of the monastic life in the Anglican Church. He was Warden for many years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God and the Society of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr. His interests in ecumenism and in the language, religion and culture of Wales were reflected in his becoming Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford 1987-94 and subsequently an honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Bangor.
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Despite the distance separating eighteenth-century Welsh Methodism from nineteenth-century French Catholicism, Ann Griffiths in Wales and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity in France are as one in the passionate intensity of their prayer and in their theological perception of God the Holy Trinity as the supreme reality. The author examines common themes in the writings of the two women.