The Lost Way to the Good

“Reading Tom Plant’s The Lost Way to the Good is like drinking from a stream: fresh, clear, thirst-quenching.”

STEPHEN J. BLACKWOOD, founder of Ralston College

The West has lost its way.

This is a book about God. Not about God as a bearded tyrant in the sky, but a much older understanding of God as the source of all things, in whom we live, and move, and have our being.

Disoriented by the claims of a “post-truth” society, bewildered by critical theory, many seek refuge in older certainties of religious or political traditions. But these paths are only recent forks off a wider, older road: a way that belongs as much to the East as to the West, and can unite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.

This way is the non-dualistic philosophy of Eastern or “theurgic” Platonism. Claiming Indian and Egyptian roots, it entered medieval European universities through the Christian theology of Dionysius the Areopagite. Though overshadowed by later developments in the West, it continued to thrive in Eastern Christian and Sufi spiritual teachings that spread along the Silk Road, providing thereby a basis for meaningful interactions with Taoists and Buddhists.

The Lost Way to the Good is a guidebook for a spiritual and metaphysical journey with Dionysius from Athens to Kyoto and the True Pure Land Buddhism of Shinran Shonin. Find out where the West deviated from the track, and how even radically differing religious traditions can nonetheless unite to resist the divisive forces of Western secular modernity.

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Thomas Plant has written a timely, profound, and trenchant work. He writes with admirable verve, eloquence, and scholarly precision: this is an important book.

DOUGLAS HEDLEY, Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism

‘The West will rediscover its identity and its tradition only in him [Jesus Christ], but will rediscover him only by walking the road we used to share with the East,’ declares Fr Tom Plant in this robust, wide-ranging, stimulating call for the retrieval and reinvigoration of the paths of metaphysical exploration broadly described as ‘Platonist.’ Plant’s standpoint is grounded in a firm assent to the Christian faith, as received in the catholic tradition. Unlike many who self-identify as ‘traditionalists,’ though, his horizon is resolutely, daringly ecumenical in scope. For any caught in the post-truth relativism and fragmentation of contemporary Western culture, Tom Plant will prove an engaging, learned, and persuasive companion and guide.


The Lost Way to the Good is a profound reflection on one of the greatest mystics of the Eastern Church, undertaken in light of insights offered by the largest school of Buddhism in Japan. Yet this is no ordinary study in comparative religion. In revealing the metaphysical wisdom shared by Dionysius and Shinran, Thomas Plant paves the way for a deeper engagement with the spiritual crisis afflicting the world today. He does so by raising an impressive bulwark against the ravages of secular materialism, reductionism, and nihilism, while grounding his critique in a more satisfying conception of divine reality – one that transcends confessional boundaries. This important, compelling work forges new possibilities for living authentically in the face of modernity’s relentless assault on the sacred.

JOHN PARASKEVOPOULOS, author of Immeasurable Life: The Essence of Shin Buddhism

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“An excellent curriculum of the Christian faith”

Fr Richard Peers SMMS

BCP 1662

An official publication of the Prayer Book Society and popular Confirmation gift, BCP 1662 is a full-colour introduction to the tradition of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for young people.

“The Prayer Book was an amazing act of rebellion, one of the coolest breakaways of all time. It said ‘we’ll think for ourselves, thanks.’ It brought sense to the baffling and it did so in a concise, elegant way without treating people like donkeys. This booklet does something similar. I read it with interest – and I’m almost as old as Moses.”

Quentin Letts, writer, critic, braodcaster and Journalist

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