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. 93, No. 4, Fall

A Church for the Future: South Africa as the Crucible for Anglicanisin in a New Century
A Church for the Future: South Africa as the Crucible for Anglicanisin in a New Century. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. By Harold T. Lewis. New York: Church Publishing, 2007. 161 pages. $18.00 (paper).The shift of Christianity's center of gravity...
A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live like Jesus
A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo But Taught Us to Live Like Jesus. By C. K. Robertson. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Woodstock, Vt.: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2011. 208 pp. $16.00 (paper).In his most recent book,...
An Apologia Pro Vita Scholastica
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap...
Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition
Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition. Edited by Steven Croft, Ian Mobsby, and Stephanie Spellers. New York: Seabury Books, 2010. xv + 182 pp. $22.00 (paper).Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's foreword...
A Play in Three Acts*
THEREFOREI. DyingThis play is ideally performed by a teenage cast. The nine players are identified only by gender and number (Man 1, Woman 1, etc.). Woman 3 should be the smallest and youngest of the cast. The lights come up on a circle of eight identical...
Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present
Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present. By Jennifer Scheper Hughes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 312 pp. $29.95 (paper).This book records the amazing life story of a particular Mexican...
Catching the Divine Breath in the Paschal Mystery: An Essay on the (Im)passibility of God, in Honor of Elizabeth Johnson1
IntroductionDoes God somehow share in the suffering of the world, or does God simply, perhaps by nature, stay above the fray? This is one of the most enduring questions in Christian theology, having become particularly acute during the period of dogmatic...
Christologies and Philosophies
Discussed in this essay:Adams, Marilyn McCord. Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.Crisp, Oliver. Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.Tanner,...
Editors' Notes
"The difficulty with the Church is that too many people have great convictions about little things, and it is time that we have great convictions about great things." These were the words of Henry Knox Sherrill, twentieth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal...
Foreword
For nearly fifty years the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has identified and supported emerging scholars, teachers, and leaders who are addressing important areas of need in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. We are extremely proud of...
God Reflected: Metaphors for Life
God Reflected: Metaphors for Life. By Flora A. Keshgegian. Minneapolis, Minn,: Fortress Press, 2008. ? + 184 pp. $18.00 (paper).The word metaphor, literally, in Greek, means "to carry across" (phérein + meta"). In modern Greek, the word is used quite...
Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference
Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference. By Titus Leonard Presler. Harrisburg, Fa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2010. xiv + 194 pp. $20.00 (paper).Titus Leonard Presler is one of the foremost missiologists in the Episcopal Church...
How I Came to Be Christened "Bird": Christian Baptism, White Racism, and Theological Passion in the 21st Century
There is a deep current of anger in the /and today at what appears to be the beginning of the end of the American Dream. It shows its face in multiple forms - the level of vitriol in contemporary political debates, Tea Party rants against big government...
Living into Multicultural Inclusive Ministry
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (King James Version)If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (The Message)(Proverbs...
On Evil
On Evil. By Terry Eagleton. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2010. 176 pages. $16.00 (paper).Some of us who studied the humanities in secular universities before 1990 have been amused by the recent discovery of postmodernism by many church leaders:...
Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship
Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship. By Eric Gregory. Chicago, III: University of Chicago Press, 2008. xv + 417 pp. $30.00 (paper).In this book Eric Gregory lays out his argument for Augustinian liberalism....
Relentless Intimacy: The Peculiar Labor of an Anglican Biblical Scholar
"Mystery meeting mystery" - for the last several years I have seized upon this phrase as a touchstone with which I approach the hearing, reading, and interpretation of the Scriptures within a Ufe of faith. By it I wish to evoke a theological framework...
Ripe Fields: The Promise and Challenge of Latino Ministry
Ripe Fields: The Promise and Challenge of Latino Ministry. By Juan M. C. Oliver. New York: Church Publishing, 2009. 160pp. $20.00 (paper).I came across Zora Neale Hurston's How It Feels to Be Colored Me while conducting diversity trainings for the Graduate...
Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible
Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible. By Ellen F. Davis. Foreword by Wendell Berry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xvii + 234 pp. $25.99 (paper).In Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture, Ellen F. Davis, Professor...
Signs of and to the Church
The Common Friars at the Good Earth Farm are an aspiring religious order in the Episcopal Church. We are men and women, married and single, lay and ordained. We are brothers and sisters vowed to love and serve the incarnate Christ. We try to live close...
The Golden Rule: The Ethics of Reciprocity in World Religions
The Golden Rule: The Ethics of Reciprocity in World Religions. Edited by Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton, New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2008. xü + 185 pp. $34.95 (paper).In everything do to others as you would have them do to you;...
Theology, Ministry, and Praxis: A Forty-Year Retrospective
It is hard to believe that four decades have elapsed since I knelt before the bishop of Long Island in his cathedral church and was made a deacon. Reflecting on that distant past in an ordination sermon preached five years ago in St. John's Cathedral,...
The Social Covenant and Mass Incarceration: Theologies of Race and Punishment
IntroductionA discourse of divinely sanctioned moral law undergirds the foundation of American penal institutions. Sixteenth-century Christian European settlers believed that the first being, Adam, disobeyed God, and subjected all human descendants to...
The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau
The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau. By Malcolm Clemens Young. Macón, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2009. 288 pp. $35.00 (cloth).This is a big book: it deals with big ideas in a large and ambitious plan. It frustrated my best efforts to skim...
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. By Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom. London: Penguin Books, 2006. 240 pp. $15.00 (paper).The Starfish and the Spider is a fascinating and popular read. And in a time when...
The Web of Friendship: Nicholas Ferrar and Little Gidding
The Web of Friendship: Nicholas Ferrar and Little Gidding. By Joyce Ransome. Cambridge: James T. Clarke and Co., 2011, 292 pp. $53.00 (paper).Nicholas Ferrar and the religious community he founded at Little Gidding, comprised mainly of members of his...
The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology
The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology, By Ephraim Radner. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2010. 169pp. $20.00 (paper).This is surely the first time that "an introduction to Christian natural theology" has taken the...
Transforming Evangelism
Transforming Evangelism. By David Gortner. Transformations: The Episcopal Church in the 21st Century series. New York: Church Publishing, 2008. ? + 182 pp. $16.00 (paper)."Evangelism," writes David Gortner in this book on transformation, "is your natural...
Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities: The Ministry of Presence
As a practitioner of transformational ministries my prayers, hopes, and dreams are about experiencing and sharing the ways that the Holy Spirit moves, inspires, guides, and helps us to join as one body in the healing of this broken world through actions...
Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire
Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire. By Jennifer Wright Knust. New York: Harper One, 2011. 352pp. $26.00 (cloth).Jennifer Wright Knust presents us with a difficult book. It is written in a lovely style, accessible...
Walking Deliberately into Difference: A Theology of Enabling Interreligious Understanding
I needed a tag-line for my business card: an umbrella-phrase under which all of my freelance work as a Christian moral theologian - the teaching, the consulting, the writing - would fit. Stephen Cherry1 had seen me in action; he had an idea. My calling,...
Word of Love: The Sacramental Itinerary of 1 Corinthians
Requisitioned by the Word for the WordIn the first of his recent collection of wonderful "sermons from Oxford," The Word in Small Boats, Oliver O'Donovan introduces the organizing metaphor for the volume with a characteristic creativity and craft. The...