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An Introduction to World Anglicanism


Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Author: Bruce Kaye, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521853453

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  • What is the nature of world Anglicanism in a postcolonial, global age? With talk of fragmentation constantly in the media, what does it mean to be 'Anglican'? This book presents Anglicanism as a conversation over time amongst a community of people held together by sets of practices and beliefs. The first part describes the emergence of Anglicanism and its foundations in older Christian traditions. The second looks at Anglican practices within the framework of changing understandings of mission, and focuses on liturgy, patterns of engagement with others, organisation and power in the church, and ministerial offices. There are two separate chapters on the ordination of women and homosexuality in the public life of the church. The third part, on beliefs, addresses the central question of knowledge and authority in Anglicanism, as well as ecclesiology, the nature of the church itself. A final chapter looks to the future.

    • Sees the current disputes among Anglicans in the context of a wider ongoing conversation and shared core beliefs
    • Addresses the challenges of diversity and the possibility of federalism, with non-British Anglicanism given much more weight than in most books
    • Provides key information on origins, doctrine and practice
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a groundbreaking piece of work. There is no other book published that covers so much material on Anglicanism is such a fresh, comprehensive and accessible manner. It is a most important book for the times and one that I can recommend enthusiastically.' Ian T. Douglas, Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts

    'Anyone interested in the nature and future of Anglicanism should read this book.' Church of England Newspaper

    'Anyone interested in the future of Anglicanism is encouraged to read this insightful and thought-provoking work.' Search: A Church of Ireland Journal

    '[The] author writes with care and fluently … well produced … timely.' Wesley Carr

    'This book is thoughtful, well-reasoned, and articulate on the ecclesiology and the issues facing global Anglicanism today. It truly is must reading for those wanting to understand these issues and how they interrelate to each other.' Neal O. Michell, Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521853453
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. The nature of the story as a tradition
    2. Forming an Anglican nation in England
    3. Forming Anglican churches around the world
    Part II. Practices of Mission:
    4. The practices of mission - changing outlooks
    5. Liturgical formation
    6. Patterns of engagement - political
    7. Patterns of engagement - relating to other traditions
    8. Influence, organisation and power in the church
    9. Ministerial offices - ordination
    10. Ministerial offices - ordination of women
    11. Ministerial offices - homosexuality and the public life of the church
    Part III. Beliefs:
    12. Beliefs - knowledge and authority in the conversation
    13. Beliefs: ecclesiology
    14. Beliefs: other themes in the contemporary agenda
    15. Afterword.

  • Author

    Bruce Kaye, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Bruce Kaye was General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Australia from 1994 to 2004. He is a cosmopolitan scholar and priest who, after studying in Sydney and taking his doctorate in Basel, held a post in the Theology Department at the University of Durham in the UK for twelve years before returning to the University of New South Wales in Australia. His visiting fellowships include periods in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Cambridge, and Seattle, and he is a regular visitor to North America. He is the author of eight books, editor of ten further volumes, and has written some sixty journal articles as well as contributing to newspapers, radio and TV. He is also the foundation editor of The Journal of Anglican Studies.

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