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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: T & T Clark International (17 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567358097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567358097
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Whitgift on 13 Jun 2011
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Over the past few decades there has been considerable criticism of the establishment of the Church of England, whether from within (from people such Bishop Colin Buchanan) or from without. In our current times there is also little comprehension of what establishment actually means (other than for the sight of Bishops, the Lords Spiritual, sitting in the House of Lords). The recent criticism of the comments made by the Archbishop on the `big society' are an example of how little understood the role of established Church is with the English constitution.

This new pamphlet by Affirming Catholicism goes some way to filling this gap in our knowledge, albeit with a polemical edge. The pamphlet explains how important establishment is, not just to the Church of England (who is often its most vocal critic), but also to those non-Christian faiths who find their own freedom of conscience protected by the fact that England has a nationalised Church. Because it exists, it puts religion in the market place of ideas, whereas in those societies where secularism is enforced by Constitutional Law, freedom of conscience or expression is often severely curtailed (e.g. as in Turkey or France, both of whom have very restrictive Laws on the wearing by Muslim women of the various forms of Islamic head-coverings).

My main criticism of the pamphlet is that it is perhaps too modern and therefore misses some of the points of establishment. By focusing on our own situation, it fails to deal with some of the theological implications of establishment for the Church, such as the notion that the Parish clergy have the `cure of souls', that is the responsibility for the education of and the duty care of care of those living within the Parish, whether or not the recipient wants this care.
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