The Hope of Things to Come
This book is a collection of essays by leading theologians and church leaders on the past, present and future of Anglican theology in the context of the Lambeth Conference of 2008. The principal theological strands of the classical Anglican tradition...
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This book is a collection of essays by leading theologians and church leaders on the past, present and future of Anglican theology in the context of the Lambeth Conference of 2008.
The principal theological strands of the classical Anglican tradition (Scripture, Tradition and Reason) are assessed in original and creative ways which will promote further thought and encourage open debate within the Church of England and Anglicanism more broadly. Each of the essays focuses on how the inheritance of the past and present can be appropriated into the future instead of being marred by the deep pessimism which permeates so much of Anglicanism particularly in the increasingly inward looking and often bitter Anglo-Catholic tradition all the essays offer hopeful and constructive insights for a vibrant catholic form of Christianity within Anglicanism which understands the church as a place of dialogue, encounter and renewal. Instead of division, the emphasis is on conversation, dialogue and unity.
The Book is divided into two parts. The three essays in part one re-assess the sources of doctrine in Anglicanism in novel ways, all in dialogue with history, as well as with the theologies of other churches, and the experience in other religions. A conversation is promoted which continues through the chapters in Part Two, which engage in their different and often exciting ways with the ecumenical setting of theology, Anglo-Catholicism and the future, and the effects of the recent Lambeth Conference on the resolution of conflict and peacemaking across the Anglican Communion. The book offers a welcome challenge to Anglican Christians to think positively about the future
Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and a Reader in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford, UK. He is also Visiting Professor at the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. He has written widely on modern church history, ethics and theology. His books include Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology (Oxford), The Coming Crisis (Sheffield), Blair's Britain (DLT) and Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford).
- 1. Mark Chapman: Introduction; 2. The Authority Of The Bible; Professor John Barton (professor Of Old Testament, Oxford University); 3. The Authority Of Tradition; The Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen (lecturer In Liturgy And Church History, Ripon College Cuddesdon And University Research Lecturer, Oxford University); 4. The Authority Of Reason; The Revd Dr Mark D. Chapman (vice-principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Reader In Modern Theology, University Of Oxford And Visiting Professor, Oxford Brookes University).; 5. Theology And The Future Of The Church; Andrew Davison (tutor In Doctrine, St Stephen's House, Oxford).; 6. Anglo-catholicism: A Vision For The Future; Jonathan Clark (chair Of Affirming Catholicism); 7. What Was Lambeth For? Catholicity And The Future Of Anglicanism; Mark D. Chapman:; 8. Know Surrender: Peacemaking In Polity; Martyn Percy (principal Of Ripon College Cuddesdon).; 9. The Grammar Of Our Intercourse; David Stancliffe (bishop Of Salisbury; President Of Affirming Catholicism):.