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Not Angels But Anglicans: The Story of Christianity in the British Isles [Paperback]

Henry Chadwick
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Oct 2000
Consulting Editor Henry ChadwickA detailed, comprehensive, and highly illustrated book that charts the growth and development of Christianity in the British Isles.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853113522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853113529
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book's strengths include its appealing layout, the work of Vera Brice, a collection of illustrations generously spread throughout, and a number of succinct chronological tables. There are lively biographical paragraphs on Lancelot Andrewes, George Herbert, and others ... There are gem-like insights studded through these winding narratives.' -- Frederick Quinn 201106 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Each chapter is written by a foremost scholar of that period or movement and include:Rowan Williams,Diarmaid MacCulloch,Henry Chadwick,David Edwards,Judith Maltby and John Bowker. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good history of the English church 11 May 2001
This book is written by a series of writers and as such suffers from the advantages and the faults of this approach: all the writers are experts in their subjects so there is not that fumbling or obvious copying one often sees but the style of the chapters varies considerably. Some are well written but with others I feel that one could understand this chapter if one knew the subject already but one would not be reading a book at this level if one did. A very common fault. I have no objection to the style but I do feel that vogue phrases such as "protestant spin doctors" will not stand the test of time to say the least.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See with A TREASURY OF ANGLICAN ART 3 Nov 2004
By Sacerdote - Published on Amazon.com
This book would be ideally purchased with the book A TREASURY OF ANGLICAN ART -- also available from AMAZON.
NOT ANGELS BUT ANGLICANS gives the reader of any background (Episcopal, Roman, Protestant or none) the history and flavor of the English Church and British Spirituality -- from early and medieval Roman Catholicism to the present Anglican Communion -- the largest worldwide body of Christians after the Roman Catholic Church. Not just a dry collection of facts , this work selects historical figures and makes them come alive again as Anglicans develop from a 16th century national state church (Th C of E) to a world wide communion of 80 million adherants in churches all over the globe in the 21st century.
Of interest to all Episcopalians, Christians of any stripe and Anglophiles everywhere. Also looks good on a coffee (tea?) table!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Complement to a More Linear, Cogent History of Anglicanism 14 Sep 2009
By C. Stephans - Published on Amazon.com
Not Angels, but Anglicans is a collection of historical essays written by various writers about the Church in the British Isles. It's strong point is the various perspectives that offer some insights that a more traditional history text by ignore. However, I also found this to be the weak point in that because the authors focused on their own interests, many historical events, movements and people were either ignored or given little attention. I think this book is a good follow-up to a book like The History of the Church in England by Moorman that follows a thorough chronological format.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 28 April 2013
By Dylan McNamara - Published on Amazon.com
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Give us a rich history of the English people and the church. I was required to read this a Anglican class and was a good book for facts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well written compendium 28 July 2003
By Christopher C. Stainbrook - Published on Amazon.com
The Anglican Church has influenced millions of people all over the world. It is the largest world wide church after the Roman Catholics. But unlike the Roman Church, there are few well written sources to introduce the history, theology and personalities of this Christian Body.
While this book concentrates on the Church of England, there are also chapters about the American Episcopal Church, and the world wide Anglican Communion. Anyone who is interested in learning about this Church would benefit from reading this very interesting, very readable (and colorfully illustrated) book.
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