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The Anglican Covenant [Paperback]

Mark Chapman

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25 Jan 2008
This book is a collection of essays by leading theologians and church leaders on the implications of the proposed Anglican Covenant, which has been offered as a solution to the recent crises facing worldwide Anglicanism. At the Anglican Primates' meeting in February 2007 a draft Covenant was commended for study by the constituent churches of the Anglican Communion. This book presents a sober and dispassionate discussion of the theology and politics behind the Covenant. The writers represent a number of different theological traditions and disciplines within and beyond Anglicanism. What unites them is a desire to understand other opinions and to listen to different views. The contributors include theological educators, church historians, ethicists, biblical scholars, and canonists from different parts of the Anglican Communion and from ecumenical partners. While the book aims to be dispassionate and to stand apart from the rhetoric of ecclesiastical parties, it also offers original and thought-provoking discussions based on detailed and thorough scholarship.

In his introduction Mark Chapman discusses the development of the authority structures of the Anglican Communion, as well as the recent history of conflict between the member churches, particularly over the issue of homosexuality. Ecumenical reflections on conciliarity are offered by Paul McPartlan, a leading Roman Catholic scholar, and Kenneth Wilson, a prominent Methodist. John Barton, Professor of Old Testament at Oxford University, contributes a chapter on the concept of Covenant in the Old Testament tradition. This book provides a valuable resource for global Anglicanism as it begins to develop the final version of the Covenant over the coming years. It will be crucial reading for all those involved in preparing for the Lambeth Conference of 2008.

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Mark Chapman has been on the staff at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford since 1992. He teaches Modern Church History, Ecclesiology, and Anglicanism and is Tutor for Graduates and for the Oxford BA. He is Reader in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, where he serves on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. He was Hensley Henson lecturer, 2013. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad. He trained for the Anglican ministry on the Oxford Ministry Course and was ordained in 1994. He is associate priest in the parishes of Garsington, Horspath and Cuddesdon. He has written a history of Christianity in Cuddesdon, God's Holy Hill (Wychwood Press, 2004) and edited a book on the history of the College: Ambassadors of Christ (Ashgate, 2004). He has published widely in many different areas of theology and church history and is publications officer for Affirming Catholicism. His most recent books are Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012), Bishops, Saints and Politics (T & T Clark, 2007) and Doing God: Religion and Public Policy in Brown's Britain (DLT, 2008). He has also recently edited the volumes: (with William Whyte and Judith Maltby, The Established Church (Mowbrary, 2011), The Hope of Things to Come: Anglicanism and the Future (Mowbrary, 2010), The Anglican Covenant: Unity and Diversity in the Anglican Communion (Mowbray, 2008) and Living the Magnificat: Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World (Mowbray, 2007). He studied Politics and Philosophy and then Theology at Trinity College, Oxford and in Munich. He was Stephenson Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield before he joined the staff at Cuddesdon in 1992. He is co-editor of the Journal for the History of Modern Theology (de Gruyter) and reviews editor of the Journal of Anglican Studies (Cambridge). He is currently working on a book on ecumenical relations in the nineteenth century.

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"This is a useful collection of essays...It presents a helpfully diverse range of views...provides substantial food for thought and reflection" 1 December 2008--Sanford Lakoff "Expository Times "

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Mark Chapman is Vice President of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology, Oxford 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). The Rev. Dr. R. William Franklin, Ph.D., is Visiting Fellow and Associate Priest of the Anglican Centre in Rome and Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome. He is Dean Emeritus of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and he was a Consultant at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Canon Gregory Cameron was ordained in the Church in Wales in 1983. After years in Parish and Youth ministry he was he was appointed to the post of Director of Ecumenical Affairs at the Anglican Communion Office in 2003. As Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies, he is co-secretary of all international Anglican ecumenical dialogue commissions of the Anglican Consultative Council, and is additionally Secretary to three Commissions of the Anglican Communion, including the Covenant Design Group.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Affirming Faith 19 Nov 2008
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"Anglican Covenant" covers much of the debate before the last Lambeth Conference. The chapters are by different authors with varying points of view. This makes it a good reference for anyone who wants to know where one might fit into the on-going discussions (debates) in the Anglican communion. It seems to give hope to various dissenting views in the church, though it really offers no solutions. It is good to understand where people throughout the world stand on the issues, even when there seems to be no solution. The comforting thought is that the communion can hold all those of various views.
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