There can be few names in British Methodism that are as recognizable as that of W. E. Sangster. In W. E. Sangster: Herald of Holiness Andrew Cheatle explores this great Methodist preacher's understanding of what it means to live a holy life in the context of a world torn apart by two global wars and the looming threat of nuclear destruction. Sangster turned for inspiration to John Wesley's view of salvation that included a full restoration of the moral image of God in this life. Was Wesley scriptural? Was he too optimistic, or had he understood the heart of the gospel? Sangster approached these questions from the perspective of twentieth-century scientific and theological thought. His aim was to recover the meaning of holy living for a church in a world of crisis.
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"In this present book Andrew Cheatle brings the 'real' Sangster to life. What one meets in these pages is not a distant figure, nor yet a figure who is halo-clad. But the Sangster that is here presented is all the more real a figure for it and, dare I say, a more inspiring one. Not only does Sangster emerge as a man acquainted with sorrows (which surely he was during his war-time ministry) but one who knew that Christianity could claim nothing if unable to grapple with the realities of life, death, and suffering. Nor could it shirk the realities of the intellectual life . . . this book . . . sets something of a benchmark against which others will inevitably be set." --The Revd Professor Kenneth G. C. Newport, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Development), Liverpool Hope University.
Andrew J. Cheatle Kenneth G. C. Newport
Andrew J. Cheatle is Presbyter in the British Methodist Church, living in Manchester. Andrew served as a minister in a Danish church just outside Copenhagen, Denmark for four years before moving to Manchester in order to minister in one of the city's troubled areas. He was born and schooled in Bolton, Lancashire before training as an engineer; becoming a skilled machine worker and welder. Following a call into the ministry, he trained at European Nazarene College on the border of Germany and Switzerland, later completing MA studies in Manchester, focused on Wesleyan theology. Andrew is currently Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Liverpool Hope University and is part of the new Institute of Pastoral Theology, where he is developing postgraduate courses in homiletics. Andrew has a Danish wife and three grown-up children. He speaks fluent Danish and has taught and translated Danish professionally.