What is the nature of world Anglicanism in a postcolonial, global age? With talk of fragmentation constantly in the media, what does it mean to be 'Anglican'? This book presents Anglicanism as a conversation over time amongst a community of people held together by sets of practices and beliefs. The first part describes the emergence of Anglicanism and its foundations in older Christian traditions. The second looks at Anglican practices within the framework of changing understandings of mission, and focuses on liturgy, patterns of engagement with others, organisation and power in the church, and ministerial offices. There are two separate chapters on the ordination of women and homosexuality in the public life of the church. The third part, on beliefs, addresses the central question of knowledge and authority in Anglicanism, as well as ecclesiology, the nature of the church itself. A final chapter looks to the future.
'This is a groundbreaking piece of work. There is no other book published that covers so much material on Anglicanism is such a fresh, comprehensive and accessible manner. It is a most important book for the times and one that I can recommend enthusiastically.' Ian T. Douglas, Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts 'Anyone interested in the nature and future of Anglicanism should read this book.' Church of England Newspaper 'Anyone interested in the future of Anglicanism is encouraged to read this insightful and thought-provoking work.' Search: A Church of Ireland Journal '[The] author writes with care and fluently ... well produced ... timely.' Wesley Carr 'This book is thoughtful, well-reasoned, and articulate on the ecclesiology and the issues facing global Anglicanism today. It truly is must reading for those wanting to understand these issues and how they interrelate to each other.' Neal O. Michell, Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas