Berkeley William Randolph, who described himself as a “Prayer Book Churchman,” dedicated his life to the teaching of the Bible. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Randolph always emphasized the infallibility of the Bible, whether at the pulpit or in the classroom. This collection contains his most important works. In The Virgin Birth of Our Lord, Randolph defends the miracle of the conception and birth of our Lord. In The Law of Sinai, Randolph shows why the Ten Commandments still play an important part in our faith today, and provides important lessons for each commandment. In The Empty Tomb, Randolph explores the miraculous resurrection of Jesus and the effect it had on the spreading of Christianity the world over. This collection also contains two inspirational biographies penned by Randolph, Arthur Douglas, Missionary on Lake Nyasa and The Mind and Work of Bishop King.
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Contains studies on the virgin birth and the resurrection of Jesus
Provides fresh observations on the Ten Commandments
Includes biographies on Bishop Edward King and Arthur Douglas
There are two miracles confessed in every form of the Creed—the miracle of the Conception and Birth, by which the Incarnation was effected; and the miracle of the Resurrection. These are fundamental miracles, and are the battleground upon which the defenders and assailants of Christianity usually meet. Berkeley William Randolph divides his treatise on the virgin-birth into four areas. First, he gives the evidence for the belief in this article of the Creed during the second century. Next, he considers the evidence of St. Matthew and St. Luke. Thirdly, he considers the argument e silentio on the other side. And lastly, he reflects on the theological aspect of the question.
An excellent tractate on an important and timely subject.
This little book is a defense of the historical character of the miraculous birth of Christ and of its importance as a matter of Christian faith. It is shown that faith in the virgin-birth of Jesus Christ was in the early Church universally held to be an integral part of Christian belief.
A concise treatment of the subject, the result of conscientious study, and deserving of careful perusal.
—Critical Review of Theological and Philosophical Literature
Confession in the Church of England Since the Reformation
In Confession in the Church of England Since the Reformation, Berkeley William Randolph puts forth evidence to show that private confession has constantly been looked upon, not as a party question, but rather as a legitimate Church of England practice and a true part of its heritage. He argues that it is the duty of the clergy to put it before their people, so long as they do so with a due sense of proportion—not as if it were necessary that everyone should go to Confession, or as if a high degree of spiritual life were unattainable without it—but rather as a medicine and a means of grace of which church-people are perfectly free to avail themselves, and which under certain circumstances they are even recommended, or even urged, to use.
Self-Surrender and Self-Will contains nine short treatises addressed to the Community of the Sisters of the Church, a religious order of women in various Anglican provinces who live the vowed life of poverty, chastity and obedience. As Berkeley William Randolph states in the preface, “these short addresses seem to me to be quite excellently adapted for reading or meditation in Religious Houses.”
The Law of Sinai: Being Devotional Addresses on the Ten Commandments
Why do we still have to study the Ten Commandments? Aren’t we, as a society, past them now? Three thousand years have passed away since God rent the rocks of Sinai and spoke those ten words to man. It was an epoch in the history of Israel, it was no less an epoch in the history of our race. Their object was, in revealing God, to bring man back again to God. In ten insightful addresses, Berkeley William Randolph shows how they have the same object now.
Ten very straightforward, manly, and earnest addresses on the Decalogue. Clergymen who are likely to be preaching upon the Commandments—and they ought to be preached upon at times—will find this book very helpful.
Written primarily for students preparing for ordination, it deserves to reach a wider circle of readers, and will be found of a great value alike by the clergy and by the more thoughtful among the laity. Never was plain teaching on The Law of Sinai, its fundamental and permanent value, and its true relation to Christianity, more imperatively called for than it is today, and we welcome these earnest and eloquent addresses as a real addition to the literature of the subject.
This is a thoroughly good little book, and might well be recommended to the clergy generally, as well as to candidates for ordination, for whom it is primarily intended.
Many books have been written for those about to join the ministry, but most focus on the external and practical aspects of the job. The Threshold of the Sanctuary focuses on the inner aspects of the pastoral and ministerial life. Randolph covers such topics as repentance, prayer, meditation, self-discipline, study, and more.
It is marked throughout by high spiritual tone and a keen insight into the needs of the clergy and of candidates for ordination.
—Church Quarterly Review
The Empty Tomb: Being Thoughts on the Resurrection of Our Lord
The subject of the Lord’s resurrection has been brought prominently forward in recent years by writers who seem to think that once Christianity can be purged of its miraculous elements, the church will enter upon a new stage of greater vigor and renewed life. In The Empty Tomb, Berkeley William Randolph argues that this is a fatal delusion. “It is altogether impossible to imagine that the Christian church could have risen into being and could have spread throughout the world if the faith in the resurrection of our Lord had been eliminated.”
This volume is not a biography, at least not in the ordinary acceptance of that term. It is but little concerned with chronology, it aims rather at being a portrait, or at least a sketch, of one of the most remarkable spiritual leaders of the last half of the nineteenth century: Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln. Here was a man who, during the 56 years of his ordained life, exercised from the first to last a strangely powerful influence on those with whom he came in contact; and his influence was always of the best kind. It never seemed to fail—as curate in a country parish, as principal of a theological college, as a university professor, and, finally, for 25 years, as a bishop. This volume includes numerous illustrations and photographs.
Arthur Douglas, Missionary on Lake Nyasa: The Story of His Life
Author: Berkeley William Randolph
Publisher: Universities’ Mission to Central Africa
On November 10, 1911, Arthur Douglas, a missionary working in Africa on the island of Likoma, was murdered. This volume tells the story of his life, and of his martyrdom. It is largely a collection of Douglas’ letters, supplanted by recollections and stories from Douglas’ friends, family, and fellow missionaries. The two golden threads which run through his whole career are dutifulness and prayerfulness. Along with the inspiring story of Douglas’ life and work, this volume contains numerous illustrations and photographs.
A well-written account of the devoted young missionary who was shot by a Portuguese corporal on the shores of Lake Nyasa.
Berkeley William Randolph (1858–1925) was educated at Haileybury and Balliol College, Oxford, and was ordained a priest in 1882. He was a fellow of St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury, from 1880 to 1883, and principal of St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, from 1884 to 1885. He was then appointed principal of Ely Theological College in 1891.