One might have expected a book that explains the internal workings of the Church of England to be pretty boring! This book isn't! It is an informative and comprehensive guide to many aspects of the C of E, and the author has done a brilliant job of making this book amazingly readable. It is well worth reading by old and new members alike, as well as the outsider who wants to be informed about what the denomination is like.
It is well worth considering as a confirmation present for someone who is joining the church.
This is a brilliantly written summary of every aspect of the structure and function of the Church of England. Sounds dull? Well, you'd think so. But the well organised structure, clear concise language and well researched content make this a really interesting read. Every Vicar, Church Warden or church official in the Anglican church should read this book. Though it would provide a positive insight into the workings of the established church of England that would benefit anyone wanting to know more about this national institution. The book helps explain why the church is how it is, why it is so broad and diverse in making Christianity accessible to people in Britain and, by association, throughout the world. It clarifies what makes it distinct amongst Christian churches. It puts a few myths to bed and raises awareness of the work and activities of the church that are often neglected or misrepresented in the media. I thoroughly commend it.
This is an excellent, highly readable, well explained, and authoritative guide to the Church of England. To get a flavour of what it covers, the chapter titles are: 1.) When did the Church of England begin? 2.) The Organization of the Church of England. 3.) The Government of the Church of England at the National Level. 4.) The Government of the Church of England at the Diocesan, Deanery and Parochial Levels. 5.) The Establishment of the Church of England. 6.) The Church of England's Legal System. 7.) The Doctrine of the Church of England. 8.) More than the Vicar - the Ministry of the Church of England Today. 9.) Worship in the Church of England. 10.) Paths to Unity - The Church of England and the other Christian Churches. 11.) Interfaith Relationships. 12.) The Church of England and Mission. I would recommend it to anyone wanting an official guide to what the Church of England is, does, believes, and why.
This sounds like it should be a really boring book - but it was brilliant. We read it as part of a sort of Christian book club, and everyone found it fascinating! We have people from all sorts of traditions and it was interesting to all! This is a must read for anyone who has anything to do with the Church of England. It answers questions no one asks because they think they should know - but in fact very few people do. Read it and learn!
I purchased this book as part of my reading for the discernment process for ordained ministry. It is a very accessible book, an easy read and contains information that would be of interest to any member of the church, or anyone who wants to know more about the church. This book should be read by all PCC members and churchwardens in my view.
Teaching Religious Education at a German Secondary Education School, I often have been asked for information about the Church of England. But what to tell to the students? In German school books you will hardly find information. So it has always been a strange work for me to answer the students' questions. Till I've found this book! All you want to know you can find in here: A short summary of history, a lot of information about today's work and practice, about music and architecture. And by the way - being a lay minister of the Evangelical Church of Germany I was very astonished to read that I would be allowed to preach in the Church of England as I do in my own parish! So - if you want to get first information about the Church of England - this book will be the right one for you.
It certainly does well to outline the history in some sense, touching briefly on the major changes in the Church over its history. It focuses on how the Church is organised, in terms of Bishops etc. Overall an interesting read with lots of information on the actual logistics of the Church.