Evangelical and Evolving
"In his journey of faith Colin Craston has been and will remain a convinced evangelical, but with great integrity and honesty. Evangelical and Evolving charts his changing attitudes, developing understanding and widening horizons. The landmarks in his journey have been...
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"In his journey of faith Colin Craston has been and will remain a convinced evangelical, but with great integrity and honesty. Evangelical and Evolving charts his changing attitudes, developing understanding and widening horizons. The landmarks in his journey have been those which have shaped the recent history of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion: the authority of the Bible and the Church, questions about morality and human sexuality, mission and worship. Previously Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, and a long-serving member of the General Synod, he has been uniquely placed to reflect on these divisive issues."--BOOK JACKET.
Anglican Evangelicals are at a critical time. The furore over Jeffrey John and Gene Robinson, blessings for same sex couples in Canada, and now the prospect of women bishops has prompted breakaway churches to spring up, threatening the entire Anglican Communion. Bishops from Nigeria, Sydney, the Global South and other conservative areas seems to say, 'If you don't agree with us, you are not in Communion.' Yet most evangelicals are uncomfortable with such extremism. Emotional reaction cannot take over from Scripture and theology and dictate the agenda, as it appears to be doing in parts of the world. In this important and timely book, a leading evangelical articulates the views of many open evangelicals about key issues of the moment: interpreting Scripture; authority; belonging to the Church; the ministry; sexuality cohabitation; divorce and remarriage; and more. He argues for biblical humility and compassion as with others we explore theological diversity.
Colin Craston is a retired priest in the Anglican Church in the Manchester diocese. He served for fifteen years on the Anglican Consultative Council, six of those years as Chairman. He is the author of Evangelical and Evolving (2006), Debtor to Grace (1988), and co-author of Anglicanism and the Universal Church (1990).