Anglican Theological Method From the Reformation to the Oxford Movement
Anglican theology has been a hotbed of debate about the issue of authority since the Reformation. What do we really appeal to when attempting to decide matters of doctrine, worship, ministry or ethics? The debate is very much alive today,...
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Anglican theology has been a hotbed of debate about the
issue of authority since the Reformation. What do we really appeal to when
attempting to decide matters of doctrine, worship, ministry or ethics? The
debate is very much alive today, between Evangelical, Liberal and Catholic
Anglicans around the world. This proposed book focuses on the understanding of authority in Anglican theology.
It looks at the way that
Anglican theologians, in the past and today, have developed their theories of
authority in relation to burning issues. Avis critiques them in a continuous
dialogue or running commentary and set them in an ecumenical context, comparing
Anglican positions with Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant ones.
In each area - Bible, tradition, reason, experience -he sets out a new understanding of authority in a constructive
and persuasive way, moving to a series of overall conclusions and
recommendations. The sharp critiques of various positions will help to make it
the subject of discussion and debate.
The Reverend Prebendary Dr. Paul Avis, is General Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the General Synod of the Church of England, Sub Dean of Exeter Cathedral and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Theology.
He has written widely on Anglicianism and Theology, some of his recent publications include: God and the Creative Imagination: Metaphor, Symbol and Myth in Religion and Theology, An Introduction: The Anglican Understanding of the Church, Anglican Orders and the Priesting of Women, Divine Revelation, and Faith in the Fires of Criticism: Christianity in Modern Thought.
- Preface 1. Introduction: Topical Orientation To Issues Of Authority In Anglican Theology And Their Relevance 2. Ideas Of Authority In Emerging Anglicanism: The Reformers, Richard Hooker & The Classical Anglican Writers Of The 17th Century 3. Anglican Ideas Of Authority In The Age Of Enlightenment And The Rise Of Critical History 4. Ideas Of Authority In Modern Anglicanism: The 19th And 20th Centuries 5. The Authority And Interpretation Of The Bible In Contemporary Anglicanism: Critical And Evangelical Views 6. 'everything Flows': Locating Ourselves In Tradition And Tradition In Ourselves. Reason: The Cinderella Of Anglican Theology 7. What Authority Does Christian Experience Have For Us As Anglicans? 8. Can We Be Sure? Certitude, Probability And Faith In The Anglican Tradition 9. Ecumenical Perspectives On Authority: The Convergence And Conflict Of Traditions 10. The Relevance Of Problems Of Authority For Christian Apologetics, Especially Vis A Vis The 'new Atheism' 11. Summary, Conclusions And Recommendations