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. 90, No. 3, Summer

A Broad Place: An Autobiography
A Broad Place: An Autobiography. By Jürgen Moltmann. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2007. 400 pp. $27.00 (cloth).A Broad Place is a window into the mind and heart of Jürgen Moltmann, one of the twentieth century's most...
Astonishments: Selected Poems of Anna Kamienska
Astonishments: Selected Poems of Anna Kamienska. By Anna Kamienska (1920-1986). Edited and Translated by Grazyna Drabik and David Curzon. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2007. xvii + 133 pp. $24.00 (cloth).Turning each page of Astonishments felt like...
A Time to Keep Silence
A Time to Keep Silence. By Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Karen Armstrong. New York: New York Review of Books, 2007. 112 pp. $12.95 (paper).Every so often, what Karen Armstrong calls a "gem of a book" falls into one's hands, and the only...
Authority in the Roman Catholic Church: Theory and Practice
Authority in the Roman Catholic Church: Theory and Practice. Edited by Bernard Hoose. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2002. xii + 253 pages. $120 (cloth).How to understand and exercise authority is a challenge facing all churches in the...
Believers and the Beloved: Some Notes on Norris's Christology
In Richard Norris's first book, God and World in Early Christian Theology,1 the Incarnation deepens accounts of God's transcendence. Did transcendence trap God beyond the world? Or did the Incarnation leave Jesus less than God? In Irenaeus Norris glimpsed...
Beyond: A Response to Richard Norris
I knew and respected Richard Norris in his role as a great patristics scholar and historian of early Christianity, especially on topics of doctrine. Although I am now an Episcopalian myself, I did not know Norris in his roles as either a priest or a...
Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology
Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology. By Owen F. Cummings. Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2007. vi + 174pp. $22.95 (paper).Owen Cummings is a Roman Catholic deacon and Regents Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary...
Consistency and Christian Ethics
1There are many moral and political issues the churches need to address. For instance, by some estimates present worldwide consumption rates could mean within thirty to fifty years global environmental collapse.1 How will we respond in order to avert...
Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists
Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists. By Richard I. Pervo. Santa Rosa, Calif: Polebridge Press, 2006. xiv + 513 pp. $47.50 (paper).Most commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles locate its authorship between 80 and 100 ce, yet few offer...
Editor's Notes
Debates about how Christian theology and practice should address the many and complex aspects of human sexuality are prominent in virtually all Christian churches today. The matters of homosexual orientation and practice do not exhaust the topic by any...
Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World
Faithful Interpretation: Reading the Bible in a Postmodern World. By A. K. M. Adam. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2006. ix + 195 pp. $20.00 (paper).This book is a collection of essays written by A. K. M. Adam between 1990 and 2004, with an epilogue...
Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation
Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and the Aesthetic of Revelation. By John D. Sykes, Jr. Columbia, Mo. and London: University of Missouri Press, 2007. 216 pp. $37.50 (cloth).In his 1948 prose classic, The Dyer's Hand, W. H. Auden defined the "sacramental...
Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love
Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love. By E. D. H. (Liz) Carmichael. London: T&T Clark International, 2004. vi + 250 pp. $140.00 (cloth); $31.95 (paper).This is a scholarly study of the meaning and significance of the love of friendship in Christian...
God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World
God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World. By Walter Russell Mead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 464 pp. $27.95 (cloth).Walter Russell Mead has offered a ground-breaking study on American exceptionalism and how the sense of...
God's Land on Loan: Israel, Palestine, and the World
God's Land on Loan: Israel, Palestine, and the World. By W. Eugene March. Louisville, Ky. and London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. x + 131 pp. $19.95 (paper).Eugene March's God's Land on Loan, an update and reworking of his 1994 Israel and the...
Has Ms. Spaulding Been Addressed?
The comment reported of the Virginia parish member with which my late and much respected colleague introduces his "Some Notes on the Current Debate Regarding Homosexuality and the Place of Homosexuals in the Church" prompts him to require of both self-styled...
Heaven
Heaven. Edited by Roger Ferlo. New York: Seabury Books, 2007. 212 pp. $15.00 (paper).No one faces death-neither his or her own nor that of a loved one-without seriously considering what our faith might teach about the afterlife, especially heaven. People...
Homosexuality: The Norris Manuscript's Pastoral Dimensions
Norris rejects the idea that homosexual relationships are sinful or unnatural. He first refutes an interpretation of Scripture that condemns such relationships as "morally impermissible." He then explains why he thinks Aquinas's view that homosexuality...
In Gratitude for the Reverend Canon Richard A. Norris, Jr
Richard Norris was officially designated Canon Theologian by two of the fifteen Bishops of New York, and he was an advisor to a third. The Diocese of New York has been immeasurably enriched by the four decades Richard offered to us as a priest, theologian,...
Introduction
I phoned Professor Richard Norris in the spring of 2004 to ask if he would offer a lecture on Aristotle's ethics in my philosophy course at The General Theological Seminary. He replied, "Of course I will." Then he added, after some thought, "But you...
Looking from the outside In: Social Science and Sexual Identity in Today's Churches
Looking from the Outside In: Social Science and Sexual Identity in Today's ChurchesBooks DiscussedGod, Sex, and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies. By Dawne Moon. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 2004.Their Own Receive Them Not:...
Lord, Giver of Life: Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck's Theory of Doctrine
Lord, Giver of Life: Toward a Pneumatological Complement to George Lindbeck's Theory of Doctrine. By Jane Barter Moulaison. Toronto, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. 180 pp. $65.00 (cloth).In Lord, Giver of Life, Jane Barter Moulaison examines...
Lucy in the Sky
They have gone down into old earthto prepare their motorways and have discoveredbones; yellow-big engines with their jaws and augersmove in sway-time on a scaffolding of skulls; like sodsof dried out turf, the scapulas of biped hominidsare unearthed;...
Norris's Contribution to the Quest for Marriage Equality
The reflections of Richard A. Norris lay a moral foundation, rooted in the classical tradition, for a welcoming and affirming stance toward same-gender relationships. To be sure, Norris nowhere refers directly to gay marriage or civil unions. Typical...
Norris's Razor
The Master said: "If the common mob hate it, you must look into it. If the common mob love it, you must look into it." His disciple Zigong asked, "What if my folks hack home all love it?" The Master answered, "Not good enough." "Then what if my folks...
Orientation and Choice
In the unfinished work as we have it, Norris is intent on establishing, among other things, that (1) embracing homosexuality is to some degree a matter of choice, and (2) being a gay or lesbian Christian is a morally viable option. Both points fly in...
Practicing the Politics of Jesus: The Origin and Significance of John Howard Yoder's Social Ethics
Practicing the Politics of Jesus: The Origin and Significance of John Howard Yoder's Social Ethics. By Earl Zimmerman. C. Henry Smith Series, volume 8. Telford, Penn.: Cascadia Publishing House, 2007. 276 pp. $22.95 (paper).Earl Zimmerman has written...
Reformation Christianity
Reformation Christianity. Edited by Peter Matheson. A People's History of Christianity, vol. 5. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2006. xviii + 306 pp. $35.00 (cloth).At last here is a book about the Reformation that actually focuses on laypersons!...
Same-Sex Relationships and Issues of Moral Obligation
Richard Norris set for himself the task of addressing the complex issues surrounding homosexuality and the place of gay men and lesbians in the church. His pursuit of these issues led him to revisit questions of biblical interpretation and authority...
Tenebrae: Holy Week after the Holocaust
Tenebrae: Holy Week after the Holocaust. By Theresa Sanders. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006. xviii + 222 pp. $19.00 (paper).In the summer of 1976 I accompanied a group of American high school students on a visit to Dachau, a suburb of Munich. Here,...
The Bloody Shirt: Terror after Appomattox/Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
The Bloody Shirt: Terror after Appomattox. By Stephen Budiansky. New York: Viking, 2008. 322 pp. $27.95 (cloth).Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. By Douglas A. Blackmon. New York: Doubleday,...
The Care of Souls
Pastoral theology is about the care of souls, and no matter where one stands on the current debate in the church about homosexuality, it is widely agreed that one's sexuality is intimately related to one's spiritual health. There are vast differences...
The Child in Our Midst: Reflections on Richard Norris's "Notes"
"And he called a child, whom he put among them."(Matt. 18:2)A child is placed by God among the community of Jesus. That child is held over the font. You know nothing about that child except that in the waters of baptism her destiny is inextricably woven...
The Human Person in God's World: Studies to Commemorate the Austin Farrer Centenary/The Truth-Seeking Heart: Austin Farrer and His Writings
The Human Person in God's World: Studies to Commemorate the Austin Farrer Centenary. Edited by Brian Hebblethwaite and Douglas Hedley. London: SCM Press, 2007. 150 pp. $60.00 (cloth); $29.99 (paper).The Truth-Seeking Heart: Austin Farrer and His Writings....
The Reverend Canon Richard A. Norris, Jr. 1930-2005
When Richard A. Norris died in April 2005, the church lost an excellent theologian, a fine preacher, and a superb teacher. Many of us lost a good friend as well, for Dick had a great capacity for making and maintaining friendships. Born in Washington,...
The World of Richard Dadd
The World of Richard Dadd. By Michael Mott. Chesterfield, Mo.: MARGIE/IntuiT House, 2005. 88 pp. $13.95 (paper).Not of a child's life but because of it; not of a man's madness but by way of it: in The World of Richard Dadd, Michael Mott-acclaimed poet...
Thomas Aquinas and (Our) Moral Debate
Any didactic piece of writing faces the challenge of justifying its existence. It must say or show, in one register or another, that it offers something worth learning. The challenge is particularly acute for didactic writing that wants to intervene...
To Build Christ's Kingdom: F. D. Maurice and His Writings
To Build Christ's Kingdom: F. D. Maurice and His Writings. Edited by Jeremy Morris. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007. 148 pp. $33.84 (paper).Whose side is F. D. Maurice on, anyway? Is he an iconoclastic Christian Socialist, ranting against stale dogmatism,...
Toward a Positive Black Male Heterosexuality
From 1981 to 1988, I earned my M.Div, M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Union Theological Seminary, New York. The Reverend Canon Richard A. Norris, Jr., taught me several classes. One of my fondest memories is a semester-long session where he tutored me...