eBook Being Anglican (Exploring Faith - Theology for Life S.)Author Alastair Redfern – Carcier.co

In Being Anglican Alastair Redfern explores the idea of Anglican identity through a study of major figures from Richard Hooker to Michael Ramsey, focusing on their contribution to contemporary thinking about Christian spirituality, worship, mission, theology and ministry The book also examines the development of a world wide Anglican Communion and the social and intellectual challenges posed to Anglicanism by the modern world


2 thoughts on “Being Anglican (Exploring Faith - Theology for Life S.)

  1. S. Vincent S. Vincent says:

    With a title like Being Anglican and an assurance early on that the book would not focus on the partisan arguments of either liberal, evangelical or catholic, I anticipated reading about the breadth of Anglicanism and the variation in opinion and how such opinions sit side by side in one communion But this is not that book It is a written by the liberal catholic Bishop of Derby, and in this book he affirms his take on Anglicanism without explicitly saying so.That said the general format of the book is good, using exercises to engage the reader with the topics raised His writing style is easy enough to engage with once you ve got beyond the idea that the book might be impartial.But the content remains frustrating Having myself worked within two diocese and having enjoyed the different expressions of churchmanship, i am disappointed to find no celebtration of the catholic tradition no affirmations of the evangelical peculiarities only a repetition of the benefits of reason and order , as if they are features only of a liberal christianity.The bishop seems to yearn for days of old, when George Herbert s utopian parish life was all a vicar had to contend with Welcome to the real world, your grace He writes with barely any reference to theology, philosophy or culture from the past thirty years, no mention of the challenge of post modenity or even the vast cultural changes over the 20th century with challenges of world wars, globalisation, scientific and communication advances, little of the rise of the African and Asian churches, nothing of recent faith tainted wars, however he has a good grasp of the 17th and 18th centuries which is just lovely Except that there is no mention of some of the men who early in the Anglican journey, shaped the way forward, wrote much of what was to become text book Anglicanism and ulitmately gave their lives for change Perhaps they were too radical to be given space in this book, after all he needed room for ear chopping, face branding, but very Anglican, Laud.To be clear i am not opposed to liberal christianity, but do not believe that it is the sole or best feature of anglicanism If you do, you ll find this book affirming, but there just isn t the depth that i had hoped for I d recommend Monica Furlong s book, The CofE the State its in for what is definitely a balanced but much longer account.


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