This website is just like baking fresh bread (something D. H. Ruffle’s son, John loves doing) .. but in the HEAVENLY realm. Since August 2011, John Ruffle has been working on a digital library of Bibles, commentaries and outstanding theological works in memory of his father D.H. Ruffle, who was a dedicated catholic lay leader, champion for reconciliation and author -his book “Some Thoughts on the Christian Life” was published after his death. John is currently preparing a 2nd slightly updatged edition of this book, so watch this space!
This site is a memorial to my father, Denis H. Ruffle, (1915-1995). Dad’s passion had been seeking peace and unity in Christ’s body through mentoring, dialogue, personal prayer and encouragement. As a child, I recall him following the progress of the Vatican II Council with keen interest. After retirement, he led the local parish “Friday Night Fellowship” and as a result, a number of priests and ministers first began the journey of discernment through my father’s prayers and encouragement. Yet, he called himself “an ordinary Christian”. Maybe he was. In which case, I too desire to follow in his footsteps, to be even half an “ordinary” as this extra-ordinary man – my father- surely was. (The photos here are me – but very soon we’ll have archive photos of my dad, D. H . Ruffle here too!)
PURPOSE OF THIS eBOOK LIBRARY:
In many countries, there are very poor facilities for theological training, and virtually no academic books at all. Meanwhile, the West is flooded with many volumes of popular theology, while the works of our fathers lay mainly unread. This should not be! Add to this, the poor or non-existent Internet connections (in some countries the Internet is monitored closely) and we can see that the need for such a collection on-line (and also off-line via USB memory sticks) is great.
BIBLES, COMMENTARIES & THEOLOGICAL WORKS:
The volumes themselves include (at the current count) 12 Bible versions, and selections that represent a very wide spectrum of Christian orthodoxy, from Eastern, Roman and Protestant perspectives. The volumes include many pre-Reformation works, since Protestant thought really only covers around 500 years – less than one-quarter of Christian history. Despite the undeniable world-wide growth of pentocostalism in recent years, Bible colleges from this tradition tend not to engage in pre-Reformation study in any depth. This library, it is hoped, opens up new windows of opportunity for them too, regardless of their location around the world. Also included are more recent volumes that include the Charismatic Renewal, The Jesus People Movement (JPM), Living in Community, new Church planting and mission apostolates. As of January 2012, over 100 volumes are on the website, with many more being added progressively throughout the year. Also, a links page to other website resources is to be included later.
post updated 14 Jan 2012. JR