1. I dunno. I think this would be true of some books, “Centering Prayer” by M. Basil Hosmer will live I think as a classic. “Cloud of Unknowing” will never, I hope, die.

    But {takes deep breath} there is a lamentable tendency in some parts of the world to use liturgical books, Books of Common Prayer, Books of Worship, and Hymnals not to express our attempts to approach the sapphire throne or to enter into relationship with divinity, but rather to express a narrow political or doctrinal or more likely both, viewpoint.

    So for instance the version of Common Prayer produced for the “Confederate Episcopal Church” was obsolete after Lee surrendered and the CSA ceased to exist. The efforts of the various schismatic groups to produce their own versions are almost always intended to give voice to their differences with TEC or AC Canada.

    I think that in prayer books, more than most other books, the motive of the author comes through.


  2. Every generation they do. That may be “rare” by some standards, but when you’ve got an out-of-date one, it seems ubiquitous!

  3. That is one of the great things about reading the Bible, also. As a software engineer, I have put in many hours learning programming languages, only to have them become obsolete a few years later. But I can be pretty confident that a Bible verse will be around longer than I am.