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spirit of Stephen the Martyr was teaching over a period
of seven years, in the 1970s
- Stephen focuses so much on
Christianity's heart, that Evangelicals, Charismatics, Catholics, and
Liberal Christians alike, could accept his spiritual guidance, and
be led ever deeper in life in Christ.
- This Christ, while revealed in organised
religion, is in all, through all, and above all.
- Many kinds of internal evidence,
and the very spirituality have led linguists, scientists, theologians,
and philosophers to affirm that the teaching is
- That he made himself known, and taught,
in itself speaks volumes about the resurrection, and the reality of
life in Spirit.
- His teaching relates to the main themes
of Christianity: the Fall,
the Cross, the Atonement, Salvation, Life in Christ, the Communion of
Saints, Grace, Holy Spirit, Guidance,
and Love. He teaches from the point of view of Spirit. His theology is
close to that of St John. Yet Christ is universal, and not confined to
More about this book:
records seven years of conversations
with St. Stephen the Martyr between 1974-80, Thomas
Ashman being the
is in line with the mysticism of St. John and St. Paul,
the Perennial Philosophy, the Stoics,
and with the thinking of some leading modern theoretical physicists.
turns our normal thinking on its head,
seeing all things from the point of view of a God
who is in all through all and above all.
His words are sane and simple,
and are intended to undergird
the life of prayer and meditation.
During the years he spoke, and afterwards,
there was much striking
many signs of the working of Spirit.
Stephen spoke a little in the language he
used 2000 years ago,
the form of Koiné Greek
spoken in Macedonia and Thrace.
Cocks' linguistic detective work covered
and it has been checked by two Greek scholars.
They agree that the words are genuinely of that time and place,
and that there is valid reasoning about these words.
detective work seems to show that
Stephen's parents were born in Thrace,
and although Jews, they saw themselves as Celts;
that Stephen was born in Ancyra (modern Ankara) in Galatia,
and in his early teens, was to be initiated as an Essene in Judaea.
From this background he preached the gospel of Jesus.
He was neither identified with the Jerusalem church, nor with St. Paul.)
seems to refer to himself as
a carnyx, a Celtic war trumpet. Listen to its
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Associated with the Stephen experience was much
or synchronicity. Read about some
fascinating examples of this
[There is a sequel
to The Stephen Experience,
Into the Wider Dream.
This book surveys in detail what theoretical physicists and
psychologists have written
about synchronicity or meaningful coincidence.
In addition, there is an account of an extended series of personal
English bishop, who has recently read this book,
"– I have been
affected by it.
What comes to mind immediately is:
1. the sense of life after death being very close, very normal and not
2. Stephen’s experience of being at first after his death
very tied up with his identity as Stephen
but later leaving that behind and only picking it up again
in order to communicate with Thomas and the others;
3. the way in which individuality becomes much less important
but that nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something to be
but something which contributes to this experience of being part of the
whole." . . . . .
has to be said
that most people
do not really believe in God at a rational level,
though probably most do at an emotional level.
This is why almost everyone fumbles over the resurrection of Jesus.
For most it's an impossible miracle they cannot believe in
and for others it's an impossible miracle which proves their Christian
What Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event,
which if only they believed should surprise no one.
As Metropolitan Anthony Bloom,
the great Russian Orthodox leader in this country
who died a year or so ago said - I paraphrase him:
'How strange to believe that life can die and not believe that life can
live!' " Aug. 2004
Bishop of Christchurch N.Z.,
the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles :
"Michael is a retired priest in this diocese
and has for many years explored alternative religious experiences.
The book is certainly not mainstream
but for those who wish to explore "other dimensional" spiritual
through the eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of
it will be of considerable interest."
Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman Rose: "A wondrous
book! Stephen is a wonderful spiritual
She describes how she experiences this book.
[She is Catholic, formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College,
and has taught in a seminary for priests.
She is former editor of The Journal of the Academy of Religion and
Prof. Richard Cocks,
teaching philosophy at Le Moyne Catholic Univ. Syracuse NY, and Oswego
State Univ. NY.
writes on Stephen from the point of view
Dr John Moss scientist,
and lifelong student of communicators like Stephen,
writes about St. Stephen, as does
founder of The Christian Parapsychologist.