on 14 May 2014
The 16th century "Thirty-nine Articles of Religion" are one of the founding documents of the Church of England. They have been increasingly sidelined over the years, says Gerald Bray, as people have sought to move the church in a less evangelical direction. And now, in the doctrinal controversies that rage in the worldwide Anglican church, the 39 Articles are as fresh and relevant as ever.
The author is clearly a master of the subject; he's also clearly someone who loves Christ and loves the church. That love - for Christ, for his Church, and for sound doctrine - is infectious.
The form of the book is simple: an initial overview of how the Articles came to be written and why they are so significant; followed by a short commentary on each one of them in turn.
An excellent read for anyone who wants a better knowledge of the Church of England, the Reformation period, or, indeed, systematic theology generally.