Martin Thornton

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Martin Thornton (11 November 1915–June 1986[1]) was an Anglican priest and spiritual director, author and lecturer on ascetical theology. His "theology of the remnant" has been influential in Anglican circles.

He was active for much of his life in the Diocese of Truro, England, serving ten years as the Chancellor of Truro Cathedral. He died in June 1986.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Rural Synthesis: The Religious Basis of Rural Culture (1948)
  • Pastoral Theology: A Reorientation (1956); new edition The Heart of the Parish: Theology of the Remnant (posthumous, 1989)
  • Christian Proficiency (1959)
  • Essays in Pastoral Reconstruction (1960)
  • Margery Kempe: An Example in the English Pastoral Tradition (1960)
  • The Purple-Headed Mountain (1963)
  • English Spirituality: An Outline of Ascetical Theology according to the English Pastoral Tradition (1963)
  • The Rock and the River: An Encounter between Traditional Spirituality and Modern Thought (1965)
  • The Function of Theology (1968)
  • Prayer: A New Encounter (1972)
  • My God: A Reappraisal of Normal Religious Experience (1974)
  • Spiritual Direction (1982)
  • A Joyful Heart: Meditations for Lent (posthumous, 1988)


  • Thornton, Martin. Prayer, A New Encounter. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-936384-54-9.


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ Thornton, Prayer back cover

Further reading[edit]

  • Michael Proctor, God and the Englishman: A Biography of the Reverend Martin Thornton, 1915-1986. Wrexham: Bridge Books, 2003. ISBN 978-1-872424-54-5.

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