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. 86, No. 2, Spring

A Book of Vigils
A Book of Vigils. By Christopher L. Webber. New York: Church Publishing, 2002. 152 pp. $20.00 (paper).A Book of Vigils provides helpful suggestions about vigils of prayer, including vigils for the sick, at the time of death, for peace and justice, in...
An Introduction to the Oxford Movement
An Introduction to the Oxford Movement. By Michael Chandler. New York: Church Publishing, 2003. xi + 137 pp. $19.00 (paper).As a student of the Oxford Movement, it is hard for me to look at yet another book that claims to be an "introduction" to that...
A Poet Comes Home: Thomas Traherne, Theologian in a New Century
Thomas Traherne, the seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet best known for his writings on early childhood innocence and the glory of creation, was a nature-loving mystic and an inveterate optimist. Often discussed as a metaphysical poet, a mystic,...
Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate: Five Hermeneutical Rules
Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate: Five Hermeneutical Rules. By Charles H. Cosgrove. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002. viii + 224 pp. $22.00 (paper).Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate offers some useful advice...
Baptism, Eucharist, and the Hospitality of Jesus: On the Practice of "Open Communion"
The opening of the eucharistic table to the unbaptized is a practice inspired by the radical hospitality of Jesus. Too often, however, the practice of open communion is adopted casually, without the systematic theological reflection called for by something...
Black Religion, Black Theology: The Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts
Black Religion, Black Theology: The Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts. Edited by David Emmanuel Goatley. African American Religious Thought and Life Series. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2003. ix + 244 pp. $26.00 (paper).This book...
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity
Christian Figurai Reading and the Fashioning of Identity. By John David Dawson. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2002. ? + 302 pp. $50.00 (cloth).In this broad comparative study, John David Dawson seeks to defend Origen of Alexandria...
Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian-American Theology in the Making
Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian-American Theology in the Making. By Peter C. Phan. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2003. xvii + 253 pp. $30.00 (paper).In this thoughtful book, Phan collects three instructive essays on theological methods under "Part...
Christian Witness to Contemporary Culture regarding Sex
Questions surrounding the normalization of homosexuality have generally turned on biblical testimony, on rights issues, on debates about biology versus experience, or on pastoral concern. None of these, however, takes account of what homosexual normalization...
David C. Cook Bible-in-Life Curriculum and Noah's Park Children's Church
David C. Cook Bible-in-Life Curriculum and Noah's Park Children's Church. Colorado Springs, CoIo.: Cook Communications Ministries. See www.cookministries.com.The Bible-in-Life Curriculum has much to recommend it. It is easy to use, biblically focused,...
Different Paths, Different Summits: A Model for Religious Pluralism
Different Paths, Different Summits: A Model for Religious Pluralism. By Stephen Kaplan. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. xi + 187 pp. $76.00 (cloth); $29.95 (paper).As his title suggests, Stephen Kaplan's aim in Different Paths, Different...
Discovering the Book of Common Prayer: A Hands-On Approach
Discovering the Book of Common Prayer: A Hands-On Approach. Vol. 1: Daily Prayer. By Sue Careless. Toronto: Anglican Book Centre and The Prayer Book Society of Canada, 2003. 280 pp. CDN $19.95 (paper).Discovering the Book of Common Prayer is written,...
Editor's Notes
As many readers of the ATR already know, we have been engaged for nearly two years in self-examination, assessment, and strategic planning. We have taken a survey of our readers and learned a lot about who you are and what you value in the journal. A...
Entering the Household of God: Taking Baptism Seriously in a Post-Christian Society
Entering the Household of God: Taking Baptism Seriously in a Post-Chnstian Society. By Claudia A. Dickson. New York: Church Publishing, 2002. xiii + 107pp. $16.95 (paper).Since the Episcopal Church is now some twenty-five years beyond the final authorization...
Episcopalians, Homosexuality, and World Mission
Worldwide response to the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop has been vociferous, with bishops from the global south registering particular distress and condemnation. But why is it that Anglicans from quite distant churches, many facing their own...
Holy Saturday
Near Woodacre, CaliforniaI am facing south,sealed beneath a trinityof redwood trunks;contained in a kind ofcathedral of barkas the sun moves down the skytoward the sea.But for the occasional car on adistant road,the day is quiet.There where they laid...
Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder
Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder. By Richard A. Horsley. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2003. vii + 178 pp. $17.00 (paper).Based on his 2001 Rauschenbusch lectures at Colgate-Rochester Theological School given shortly...
Joan of Arc and Sacrificial Authorship
Joan of Arc and Sacnficial Authorship. By Ann W. Astell. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. xvi + 283 pp. $55.00 (cloth); $25.00 (paper).The brief life and terrible death of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) have received countless descriptions,...
Loving the Creation, Loving the Creator: Dorothy L. Sayers's Theology of Work
Central to Sayers's theology is the claim that we are called to be co-creators with God. Therefore, work must be understood as a participation in the reign of God and the value of our work defined by the quality of the product. To think of work solely...
Pondering the Passion
IntroductionBy the time this article is published, the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ, scheduled for release in the United States on Ash Wednesday, will have been in theaters for some weeks. The film already has been the subject of considerable...
Preaching That Speaks to Women
Preaching that Speaks to Women. By Alice P. Mathews. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2003. 188 pp. $14.99 (paper).Feminist homileticians have recently devoted attention to the particular voices of women preachers. Mathews s volume provides a counterpoint...
Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology: A Study of Reason, Will, and Grace
Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology: A Study of Reason, Will, and Grace. By Nigel Voak. Oxford Theological Monographs. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. xviii + 348 pp. $85.00/£50.00 (cloth).This excellent and well-crafted book derives...
Selling the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religion, 1350-1550
Setting the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religion, 1350-1550. By Robert C. Palmer. Studies in Legal History. Chapel Hill, N.C. and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. xi + 330 pp. $49.95 (cloth).The implications of the...
Slavery in Early Christianity
Slavery in Early Christianity. By Jennifer A. Glancy. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. xiv + 203 pp. $39.95/£25.00 (cloth).Jennifer A. Glancy, Joseph C. Georg Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College, has provided scholars...
The Broad Church: A Biography of a Movement
The Broad Church: A Biography of a Movement. By Tod E. Jones. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2003. xi + 347 pp. $85.00 (cloth).In his very readable book, Tod E. Jones examines the lasting value of the Broad Church phenomenon within the Church of England...
The Distinctive Diaconate: A Report to the Board of Ministry, the Diocese of Salisbury
The Distinctive Diaconate: A Report to the Board of Ministry, The Diocese of Salisbury. By The Working Party, Rosalind Brown (Chair). Salisbury, Wiltshire: Sarum College Press, 2003. 128 pp. £9.95 (paper).The Distinctive Diaconate was prepared by the...
The Life of Evelyn Underhill: An Intimate Portrait of the Groundbreaking Author of "Mysticism."/Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings
The Life of Evelyn Underhill: An Intimate Portrait of the Groundbreaking Author of "Mysticism." By Margaret Cropper. SkyLight Lives Series. Woodstock, Vt.: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2003. xxiii + 259 pp. $18.95 (paper).Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings....
The Making of American Liberal Theology. Idealism, Realism, and Modernity, 1900-1950
The Making of American Liberal Theology: Idealism, Realism, and Modernity, 1900-1950. By Gary Dorrien. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. xiii + 666 pp. $39.95 (paper).This is the second book published in Gary Dorrien s ambitious threevolume...
The New Historicism
The New Historicism. By Gina Hens-Piazza. Guides to Biblical Scholarship, Old Testament Series. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2002. viii + 94 pp. $13.00 (paper).In this short volume, directed mostly but not exclusively to students and teachers...
The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship
The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Edited by Paul Bradshaw. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. xiii + 493 pp. $44.95 (cloth).There are few books more useful than a good dictionary. In The New Westminster Dictionary...
The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from Secular Fundraising
The Passionate Steward: Recovering Christian Stewardship from sec ular Fundraising. By Michael O'Hurley-Pitts. Toronto: St. Brigid Press, 2001. 169 pp. $19.99 (paper).At first glance, a review of O'Hurley-Pitts s book may seem a bit different for the...
Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society
Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society. By Marva J. Dawn. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. xxii + 216 pp. $18.95 (paper).Dawn begins this book with consciousness-raising through a strident recitation of statistics...
Unpacking the Gift: Anglican Resources for Theological Reflection on "The Gift of Authority."
Unpacking the Gift;: Anglican Resources for Theological Reflection on "The Gift of Authority. " Edited by Peter Fisher. London: Church House Publishing, 2002. vi + 122 pp. £8.95 (paper).This set of essays has two goals in mind, one very specific and...
What Is the Unchanging Principle? A Discussion of the Eucharistic Ordo in Anglicanism
In these times of threatened schism, perhaps it would be wise for the church to examine the basis of its unity, rather than the causes of division. In the worldwide Anglican Communion, a great diversity of liturgical texts, theological viewpoints, and...
Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism
Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism. Edited by Margaret Lamberts Bendroth and Virginia Lieson Brereton. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2002. xv + 350 pp. $49.95 (cloth); $19.95 (paper).What is the quality of "progress" for women in...