Questions of religious identity will be central to the way that the 21st century unfolds. This text is a bold attempt to address the intellectual future of the Church of England in a confident, open and faithful way. The eight...
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Questions of religious identity will be central to the way that the 21st century unfolds. This text is a bold attempt to address the intellectual future of the Church of England in a confident, open and faithful way. The eight young Cambridge deans who have contributed combine academic theological work with practical ministry to students in exploring the credibility, wisdom and coherence of Anglican answers to biblical, moral, philosophical and social issues. They also evaluate the presence of the Church at various levels in the life of the nation.;They believe that the Church of England is not a dying and irrelevant anachronism. Rather, their vision is of a robust and inclusive Anglicanism, from which we may fashion the answers necessary for human life and flourishing. This book sets the conceptual tone for the Church of England at the start of Rowan Williams' term as Archbishop of Canterbury. Based on pastoral experience, the contributors map out a confident future for a Church which sympathetically and intelligently offers meaning and hope in times of uncertain direction.
The Church of England could be in better shape. Attendance has been declining, and organized religion seems irrelevant to many. What does the future hold? According to this major new books by eight of the brightest young theologians from Cambridge University, despair is not called for. They don't duck the issues that the church faces but deal with the big questions in an optimistic and robust fashion.
The disaffection with the Church is not, in the view of the authors, principally connected with presentation - there are many successful churches and organisations. The problem now is the poor quality of the ideas peddled by the Modern Church which dispirits people today.
Dormor is Dean of St. John's College, Cambridge.
Caddick is Dean of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. A
The Rev. Jack McDonald is Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
- Preface By Archbishop Rowan Williams; Wisdom For Life; I Am The Truth; On The Bible; 'come Live With Me And Be My Love'; Anglicans And Suffering; Why Medical Ethics Needs The Church; A Vocation Of Presence; Church And State; Anglicanism: The Only Answer To Modernity.