The author goes out of her way to debunk Philip Jenkins's now famous book "The Next Christendom," (Jenkins, a former Roman Catholic, now Episcopalian, attended Lambeth in 2000 and was impressed by the influence of the conservative Evangelical Anglican contingency from the Global South), but even if you value Jenkins's insights into global Christianity you will find this interesting book extremely, for she hashes out some of the nitty gritty of power politics and complex cross cultural relationships that have been formed by rich, white Anglicans in the North and non-Caucasians of the Global South. Haskett, upon writing this book, was about to become an Episcopalian priest in the USA, but was also trained as an anthropologist. She did "field work" in a conservative Anglican church in the southern USA that had placed itself under the jurisdiction of the Province of Rwanda, and then spendt an equal amount of time in interacting with Anglicans in Uganda. Her field work consisted of many interviews with conservative Anglicans in the USA analyzing their complex relationships with African Anglicans trying to ascertain what both parties got out of the bargain so to speak. The writer herself was a bit mystified by all the fuss caused by the debates over homosexuality, but she did a fine job of portraying conservative view points as fairly as possible.
Although the book's title claims to depict the entire Anglican communion its focus is primarily the relationship between conservative Episcopalian churches in the USA such as the Anglican Mission to the Americas (AMiA) and their African allies. Though limited in scope I found the book fascinating. This is actually the author's doctoral dissertation revised for publication and one does occassionally note the "dissertationese" in the work.
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