The Sacramental Sea

A Spiritual Voyage through Christian History

Ed Newell

978 0 232 53396 5
Paperback |192 pp |228 x 155 mm
Price: £14.99

978 0 232 53397 2

“Full of scholarship, phenomenal in its scale and reach, and constantly alive to the sensuous and visceral qualities of the sea, both real and symbolic. The Sacramental Sea is an astonishing and fascinating read.”

Adam Nicolson, winner of the 2018 Wainwright Prize for nature and travel writing

“Expansive in scope, immaculate in its delivery, The Sacramental Sea ranges through space, time and human beliefs to deliver a stirring call to protect our blue planet.”

Roz Savage MBE

“In this very original and engaging book, Edmund Newell traces various meanings and the different registers of feeling and vision that the sea evokes: a fresh, thought-provoking survey of an (appropriately!) oceanically wide subject.”

Rowan Williams

Why do so many people feel a spiritual connection with the sea? Why does so much of our art, poetry and expressions of religious experience draw so heavily on imagery of its power, its wideness and its depth? These are questions at the heart of The Sacramental Sea, a unique exploration of our complex relationship with the seas and the oceans through history.

In charting our changing religious attitudes towards it over time, Edmund Newell paints a striking picture of the sea as highly sacramental: a powerful representation of, and pointer to, God. The Sacramental Sea closes with a timely call for us all to view the current environmental crisis – including rising sea levels – as one of the most pressing spiritual issues of our time.

Ed Newell is a priest in the Church of England and an economic historian. He is currently Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, and was previously Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Before ordination he was a Research Fellow in Economic History at Nuffield College, Oxford. As well as his academic articles, he has written features for the Church Times, and five books. He is also a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.
ISBNs: 9780232533965 978-0-232-53396-5 Title: the sacramental sea ISBNs: 9780232533972 978-0-232-53397-2 Title: the sacramental sea