An Introduction to World Anglicanism
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...
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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.
Bruce Kaye has been general secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia since 1994. He is currently a trustee of the Anglican Communion Trust, a member of the Inter Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission and the founding editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies. His recent books are Church without Walls: Being Anglican in Australia(1994), Godly Citizens (1999) and Web of Meaning (2000), and he was general editor of the widely acclaimed Anglicanism in Australia: A History (2002). For his significant contribution to Australian Anglicianism Dr Kaye has had a set of essays published in his honour entitled Agendas For Australian Anglicanism.
- Introduction; 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.