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Tried for Heresy [Paperback]

Andrew Furlong
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Table of Contents




World-wide responses

Part One: Charged by my bishop: my heresy trial and resignation

Chapter 1 Beginning the journey in life and ministry
Chapter 2 Becoming more open and transparent about belief
Chapter 3 The parish website – a controversial reception
Chapter 4 Confronted with episcopal authority.
Chapter 5 Facing deep uncertainty over my future
Chapter 6 In dispute: doctrine and diversity, identity and boundaries
Chapter 7 Summoned to Court – a Christian course of action?
Chapter 8 Preparing for the trial with my legal advisor
Chapter 9 On trial – Andrew Furlong or his church?
Chapter 10 A reluctant resignation and an opportunity lost
Chapter 11 The Bishop’s crook – a better way?

Part Two: Let the Christian tradition evolve

Chapter 12 The Bible – deconstructed and re-evaluated
Chapter 13 Jesus of history – credible and elusive
Chapter 14 Christ of faith – symbol and archetype
Chapter 15 Distinguishing the Jesus of history from the Christ of faith
Chapter 16 Leaving Jesus to his place in history
Chapter 17 An interventionist God in question
Chapter 18 The absence of God and the mystery of God
Chapter 19 Celebrating the Eucharist with integrity?
Chapter 20 Has the time come for new liturgies?
Chapter 21 Symbolizing religion as wound and womb
Chapter 22 Religion as creed, code, cult and community
Chapter 23 The Ring – getting close to the heart of my theology
Chapter 24 Credo: mine and other people’s

Appendices: My ideas and responses to them from others

A. Pain and Integrity: reform from within
B. Treasure in Earthen Vessels: reflections of a reformer
C. Why the church must alter the path it follows
D. Letters written by Andrew Mayes
E. Article written by David FitzPatrick
F. Responses from Maurice Wiles and John Baker
G. Editorials from the Church of Ireland Gazette and the Irish Times
H. An interview with the Church Times
I. Christianity’s self-scrutiny: a conversation between friends


Bibliography For suggested reading for further exploration and reflection


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