‘Infinitely Beloved: The Challenge of Divine Intimacy’

‘Infinitely Beloved: The Challenge of Divine Intimacy’, Brian Thorne, Darton, Longman and Todd, 2003.

 This book challenges the values of today’s world, advocating what we most desire, and that is to love and be loved unconditionally,  However this is difficult to achieve because of the strangle- hold of materialism which pervades society.  Thorne in this publication of the 2002 Sarum lectures, deplores the fact that the ‘successful’ worker is a person who becomes infinitely flexible, ready to re-invent or metamorphose according to short term whims of consumerism.  He remarks that today, the people who lack nothing in terms of material reward can no longer relate to their partners and family.  As a Christian Person-Centred Therapist, Thorne draws on insights of Julian of Norwich to the unconditionality at the heart of God, and develops his argument using Carl Rogers and George.