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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and still unfolding story, 3 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Having recently joined an Anglican church, I wanted to understand more of its history and origins. This book, part of a wonderful series of Short Introductions, gave me what I needed. from its roots in the take-over by Henry VIII to the developments of the Reformation, this brief book tells it all. From a neo-Catholic church controlled by a despotic King and designed to protect him, to an increasingly protestant church, with a Bible-based theology, the journey is fascinating. I confess I had not realised just how close was (and technically still is) the link between crown and church. Mutually protective and supportive, they have functioned in parallel for centuries.
The strain, however, became increasingly unbearable. From monarchs with little real Christian interest, the Anglo-Catholic Oxford movement, the evangelical movement and the more modern international aspects of the church, the fault-lines are showing clearly. How will the Anglican church deal with the 2nd quarter of the 21st century: with English kings/queens who have no declared Christian faith, with a multi-faith society, with differently defined sexuality and national mass-ignorance of the Bible?
Anglicanism has developed a multitude of faces, a whole spectrum of beliefs. Are we on the brink of a complete split between the conservative, Bible-based Anglican church and a more politically progressive Anglican church? Who knows. But this book will certainly give the background and the context.
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