Anglican Theological Review

The Anglican Theological Review is a quarterly journal devoted to theological reflection. The Anglican Theological Review includes peer-reviewed essays and articles of interest to the Anglican community, including articles on the arts, philosophy, and sciences.

Articles from Vol. 85, No. 1, Winter

A Philadelphia Story: An Anglican Reinvention
In the initial Fellows Forum, our theme "Tradition and Innovation in Anglicanism: Hermeneutics in a Global Communion" focused much of our attention on the aftereffects-or aftershocks-of Lambeth 1998. From different vantages, we addressed the challenge...
Apologia for the Canon Law
I'd like to begin my comments this morning by thanking the Foundation for this opportunity to think and speak about something very dear to my heart: the role of law in the life of the church. It is a privilege to be here and to be invited to respond...
A Response to Eugene Y. Lowe, "A Philadelphia Story: An Anglican Reinvention"
Eugene Lowe addresses the problem of balancing diversity and mutual accountability in the peculiarly factious Anglican Communion, and he points us towards a root cause, experience, that most problematic theological standard-problematic to apply because...
A Response to Paul F. M. Zahl, Lex Rex
Let me first begin by thanking Paul Zahl for his very provocative paper on the relationship of law, sin, and grace in Christian theology and the implications of that relationship for our Christian living. My response to this paper begins with what for...
Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals
By Andrew McGowan. Oxford Early Christian Studies. New York: Oxford University Press; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999. xiii + 312 pp. $85.00 (cloth); L55.00 (cloth).For as many weeks as Andrew McGowan's book sat on my desk it proved irresistible to every...
Beyond Colonial Anglicanism: The Anglican Communion in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Ian T. Douglas and Kwok Puilan. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 2001. viii + 376 pp. $24.95 (paper).In April, I attended the meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion in my capacity as staff to the Presiding Bishop. The meeting...
Christian Social Witness
By Harold T. Lewis. The New Church's Teaching Series. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2001. xii + 162 pp. $11.95 (paper).In Christian Social Witness, the tenth volume of The New Church's Teaching Series, Harold Lewis encourages a church that represents...
Christina Rossetti: The Complete Poems
Text [edited] by R. W. Crump. Notes and Introduction by Betty S. Flowers. New York: Penguin Books, 2001. lv + 1221 pp. $17.00 (paper).Born on December 5, 1830, in London, Christina Rossetti was the youngest member of one of the most interesting families...
Corporate Irresponsibility: America's Newest Export
By Lawrence E. Mitchell. New Haven, Conn, and London: Yale University Press, 2001.320 pp. $27.95 (cloth).Corporate Irresponsibility is a useful book for theologians and pastors who sense that something is wrong with corporate culture but find themselves...
Editor's Notes
For nearly forty years, the Episcopal Church Foundation has been furthering the ministry of teaching and scholarship through its support of advanced studies undertaken by seminary graduates of the Episcopal Church in the United States. More recently,...
Encyclopedia of Ethics
Edited by Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker. Three volumes. Second edition. New York: Routledge, 2001. xxxv + 1977 pp. $350.00 (cloth).The construction of an encyclopedia must be a very difficult endeavor. Balancing the need for inclusiveness...
From Heresy to Sex, Experience to Principle: The Emerging Theology of Title IV
IHow do we make sense of the revolution that took place in the Episcopal Church in the 1990s regarding sexual misconduct by clergy? This is not a rhetorical question. In the late 1980s and early 1990s our church, along with every other denomination in...
From Monarch to Bishop: Covenant, Torah, and Community Formation in the Old Testament and the Anglican Communion
My assignment for this Episcopal Church Foundation Fellows Forum was to provide some conceptual groundwork and scriptural tools with which to consider "Covenant, Contract, and Commonweal: The Ordering of Community in a Litigious Age." Given the breadth...
Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church
By L. William Countryman and M. R. Ritley. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2001. x + 164 pp. $16.95 (paper).L. William Countryman, Episcopal priest and Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific,...
Going Public: Christian Responsibility in a Divided America
By Lawrence E. Adams. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2002. 192 pp. $18.99 (paper).In this book, Lawrence E. Adams sets out to address two questions. The first asks whether in twenty-first century America any public philosophy is capable of providing...
How Augustine Used the Trinity: Functionalism and the Development of Doctrine
At various stages in the development of doctrine there emerges something new that produces a change of course and direction. Such pivotal events in doctrinal development capture the imagination and become exciting turning points in the narrative of theology....
Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism
By Jonathan Klawans. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. xii + 242 pp. $65.00 (cloth); L41.50 (cloth).This volume makes a major contribution to the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Professor Klawans has disentangled some confusing...
In Memoriam: Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, 1920-2002
Born in Ottawa in 1920, of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick parentage, Eugene Fairweather grew up in Montreal, nurtured in Anglo-Catholic piety and classical education. His earliest published works were frequent columns for the Canadian Churchman (beginning...
Intimacy and Friendship: Some Boundary Issues
The Episcopal Church is engaged in a portentous debate over the blessing of same-sex relationships. The vocabulary of the debate is very elastic and euphemistic, and it is not clear precisely what its proponents are seeking. I think their ultimate end...
Introducing the New Testament
By John Drane. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001. 480 pp. $29.00 (cloth).In this revised and updated version of the original, first published in 1986, John Drane, senior lecturer in practical theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, offers a readable...
Jesus and the Village Scribes: Galilean Conflicts and the Setting of Q
By William E. Arnal. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001. xiv + 290 pp. $26.00 (paper).In this book based on his 1997 dissertation under John S. Kloppenborg, Arnal's thesis is that the language of reversal or uprootedness in Q is best explained as the...
Lex Rex
The relation of law and grace, or better, the relation of law, sin, and grace, is a core theme in Christian theology. In 1910 Henry Wace, the dean of Canterbury, wrote these words:In the hearts of the great majority of men and women there is one aching...
Liturgy for Living
By Charles P. Price and Louis Weil. Revised edition. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. vii + 245 pp. $21.00 (paper).Two events punctuated the fall term of my second year of seminary. The first was our placing of self-adhesive panels in our...
Muscular Christianity: Manhood and Sports in Protestant America, 1880-1920
By Clifford Putney. Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 2001. x + 300 pp. $39.95 (cloth); L26.50 (cloth).As Clifford Putney demonstrates in this highly engrossing study, church leaders were once deeply concerned about a culture of...
N. F. S. Grundtvig: An Introduction to His Life and Work
By A. M. Allchin. Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press, 1997; London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1997. 338 pp. $39.95 (cloth).To the degree that the name Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) is known at all among Anglicans, the credit for...
On the Apostolic Tradition
By Alistair Stewart-Sykes. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2002. 222 pp. $14.95 (paper); L10.00 (paper).In a book that also contains the first English translation of the Hippolytean Homily on the Psalms, Alistair Stewart-Sykes seeks to...
Pastoral Care with Stepfamilies: Mapping the Wilderness
By Loren L. Townsend. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000. x + 178 pp. $21.99 (paper).The author states a basic premise about stepfamilies by giving a definition: "Stoep is a word that has survived from old English and means loss" (p. 54). Families who have...
Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul
By Richard J. Cassidy. New York: Crossroad, 2001. xv + 317 pp. $39.95 (cloth);. $24.95 (paper).Richard Cassidy has made a career out of exploring and explicating the political dimensions of New Testament documents. In three previous books-on Luke's gospel,...
Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World
By Jonathan Goldstein. The Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 2002. xiv + 575 pp. $36.95 (cloth).The ancient Israelites and Babylonians were "peoples of an almighty god." The god who protected them and whom they served possessed strength...
Prelude: Law and Community
One of the first "external" assignments given me after coming to Sewanee as a new ABD ("All But Dissertation") instructor in 1977 provided the first inkling for me of the importance of the topic of our forum-theologies of law and community. Bishop William...
Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography
By Bruce Chilton. New York and London: Doubleday, 2000. xxii + 320 pp. $25.00 (cloth); $14.95 (paper).In a discussion group on Jesus, we concluded that the trouble with this book is that there are too many paragraphs like the following:The moment when...
Redeeming Memories: A Theology of Healing and Transformation
By Flora A. Keshgegian. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000. 280 pp. $23.00 (paper).At the close of the blood-drenched twentieth century, many theologians have sought to address what massive suffering means for Christian faith. Few have been as thorough...
Sacramentum Unitatis Ecclesiasticae: The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Henri De Lubac
One of the most important and lasting achievements of ressourcement, the extraordinary movement in modern French theology calling for a reassessment of the "source texts" of the Christian tradition, has been a renewed, or rather rejuvenated, approach...
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
By J. Robert Wright. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; New York: Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, 2001. xiv + 313 pp. $65.00 (cloth).In his epilogue to this handsome book, Andrew Mead, the twelfth and current rector of Saint...
Sermon: The Conversion of St. Paul
Acts 26: 9-21Galatians 1:11-24Matthew 10:16-22As I considered what I might share with you this evening, I realized that there were basically three avenues of thought that I could pursue. On one hand, I could preach to this great feast that we are celebrating,...
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics
By Robert A. J. Gagnon. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001. 520 pp. $49.00 (cloth); $39.00 (paper).Robert Gagnon offers a detailed argument, framed in terms of critical biblical scholarship, that Christian faith is incompatible with "homosexual practice."...
The Fight for the Sacred Sense in Late Medieval England
Kantik Ghosh has written a very good book, The Wycliffite Heresy: Authority and the Interpretation of Texts. As the full title denotes, he considers the rather complicated effort on the part of late-medieval Christians to determine the meaning of sacred...
The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity
By Mark A. Noll. Grand Rapids, Mich, and Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002. xii + 340 pp. $24.00 (paper).This is a highly synthetic study of American Christianity by an important and productive evangelical historian. It has...
The Ordering of Community: New Testament Perspectives
Perched above my desk is an old Christmas card with a reproduction of a seventeenth-century Italian etching of the Madonna and Child, the ascription of the artist long since lost. This drawing shows Mary not as the calm and sedate Theotokos holding the...
The Trinity in German Thought
By Samuel M. Powell. New York and Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2001. viii + 280 pp. $60.00 (cloth); L40.00 (cloth).I am a map person. I enjoy studying maps because they help me to find my way around complicated terrain. Powell's much...
What Do We Bless and Why?
On the question that gives this short paper its title, I have one thesis to advance, two theological premises that support the thesis, and three comments to make by way of elaborating it. The context of my thesis is liturgy-"primary" theology, as it...
With Ever Joyful Hearts: Essays on Liturgy and Music in Honor of Marion J. Hatchett
Edited by J. Neil Alexander. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 1999. vi + 417 pp. $24.95 (paper).This substantial collection of twenty-three essays "celebrates the distinguished life and ministry of Marion Josiah Hatchett-a tireless scholar,...