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. 87, No. 4, Fall

Africa and the Bible
Africa and the Bible. By Edwin M. Yamauchi. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2004. 297 pp. $29.99 (cloth).Several writers have explored the exegetical significance of Africa and Africans in the Bible. The subject has engaged African American scholars,...
After Dromantine
The besetting problem of our epoch is relativism. In Anglicanism, this plays itself out as reticence about any kind of doctrinal definition, so that neither Scripture, creeds, nor church can make any strong claims on us. For all its moderation, qualification,...
After Sunday: A Theology of Work
After Sunday: A Theology of Work. By Armand Larive. London and New York: Continuum, 2004. ix + 198 pp. £50.00/ $85.00 (cloth); £12.99/$21.95 (paper).After Sunday is a superb, at times brilliant, and engrossing book. In it Armand Larive addresses a neglected...
An Opportunity for Grace in the Anglican Communion
Unless the provinces of the Anglican Communion and the four "Instruments of Unity" commit to learn and implement reasonable and appropriate ways of engaging one another, the deeper issues raised in the Windsor Report cannot be addressed. According to...
A Note on the Role of North America in the Evolution of Anglicanism
The history of the Anglican Communion indicates that North America has been a peculiar laboratory for developments the entire Communion has come to embrace. Contrary to the assertions made in the Windsor Report, the colonial churches in North America...
A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics. By David Jasper. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. xii + 148 pp. $19.95 (paper).David Jasper delivers what his title promises: a quick overview of hermeneutics, from its role in the biblical texts...
Attentive to God: Spirituality in the Church Committee
Attentive to God: Spirituality in the Church Committee. By Karen-Marie Yust. St. Louis, Mo.: Chalice Press, 2001. xi + 154 pp. $16.99 (paper).The purpose of this short book is summarized by its author in her brief dedication. There she refers to a friend...
Authority, Unity, and Mission in the Windsor Report
The Windsor Report advances a structural/instrumentalist approach to issues of authority and unity in the Anglican Communion. This article reviews the history of the development of the concept of "Four Instruments of Unity" as a primary ecclesiological...
Bonds of Imperfection
Bonds of Imperfection. By Oliver O'Donovan and Joan Lockwood O'Donovan. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. vi + 324 pp. $35.00 (paper).Bonds of Imperfection is a puzzling volume of political theology that aims at nothing...
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister. By Martin Doblmeier. Documentary film. Produced by Journey Films, 2003. 90 minutes. $24.95 (DVD); $19.95 (VHS). www.journeyfilms.com.This descriptive documentary uses the dramatic details of Bonhoeffer s personal...
Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic
Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic. By Robert Barren. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004. xvii + 289 pp. $65.00 (cloth); $24.95 (paper).A priest of the Catholic Archdiocese...
"But It Shall Not Be So among You": Some Reflections towards the Reception of the Windsor Report within ECUSA
Can our biblical texts and legal traditions help us to assess the wisdom of the Windsor Report's recommendation for tighter structures and more formal procedures? Among other texts, the two rival accounts of how Israel got its first king form an important...
Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults
Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults. Edited by Jane Cartwright. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003. xvi + 339 pp. £45.00 / $79.95 (cloth); £17.99/ $39.95 (paper).Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults is a broad-ranging collection of essays inspired...
Covenant, Contract, and Communion: Reflections on a Post-Windsor Anglicanism
Since the time of Richard Hooker, Anglicanism has been covenantal. In a church predicated on mutual trust, room was traditionally provided for many divergent views to find a happy home under a protective umbrella. Anglicanism was supple, and its membership...
Editor's Notes
It belongs to ATR Associate Editor Ellen Wondra to introduce the important collection of essays on the Windsor Report to which this issue is devoted. Here, three "notes" of a broader sort are in order: a thank-you, a farewell, and a welcome.First, thanks....
Freedom and Covenant: The Miltonian Analogy Transfigured
This essay draws positive attention to the Windsor Report's "Proposed Anglican Covenant." The primates' February 2005 Communiqué commended the proposal in general, and asked that steps be taken quickly by the Archbishop of Canterbury to have it considered...
Having: Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life
Having: Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life. Edited by William Schweiker and Charles Mathewes. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. ix + 415 pp. $36.00 (paper).Having is both a difficult concept and a difficult...
Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies
Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies. By L. William Countryman. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2003. ix + 245 pp. $24.95 (paper).This hook calls for a change in the practice of biblical interpretation. For...
Mother of the Gods: From Cybele to the Virgin Mary
Mother of the Gods: From Cybele to the Virgin Mary. By Philippe Borgeaud. Translated by Lysa Hochroth. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. xix + 186 pp. $49.95 (cloth).This book is the English translation of La Mère des dieux: De Cybele...
Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. By Ben Witherington III, with Darlene Hyatt. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. xxxviii + 421 pp. $36.00 (paper).Ben Witherington treats Romans in the most recent...
Political Worship: Ethics for Christian Citizens
Political Worship: Ethics for Christian Citizens. By Bernd Wannenwetsch. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. xiv + 402 pp. £79.00 / $145.00 (cloth).The central issue of...
Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom: Scripture and Theology
Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom: Scripture and Theology. Edited by David F. Ford and Graham Stanton. London: SCM Press; Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003. x + 287 pp. £19.99 / $28.00 (paper).A splendid constellation of scholars,...
Restoring the Bonds of Affection
The Windsor Report would move Anglicanism in the wrong direction. Instead of centralization, which makes colonial, patriarchal, and Constantinian assumptions, I advocate devolving authority. Authority should be dispersed away from bishops and toward...
Signs of Freedom: Theology of the Christian Sacraments
Signs of Freedom: Theology of the Christian Sacraments. By German Martinez. New York/Mahwah, NJ.: Paulist Press, 2003. xv + 346 pp. $22.95 (paper).Martinez, who teaches at Fordham University, offers us a wide-ranging approach to the emerging field of...
The Angry Christian: A Theology for Care and Counseling
The Angry Christian: A Theology for Care and Counseling. By Andrew D. Lester. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. xi + 308 pp. $28.95 (paper).The Angry Christian: A Theology for Care and Counseling is a thorough and engaging exploration...
The Comforter
The Comforter. By Sergius Bulgakov. Translated by Boris Jakim. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. 398 pp. $34.00 (paper).Eerdmans continues to make a major contribution to our knowledge of the diversity of Orthodox theological...
The Creativity of God: World, Eucharist, Reason
The Creativity of God: World, Eucharist, Reason. By Oliver Davies. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine, no. 12. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xi + 210 pp. £45.00 / $75.00 (cloth); £17.99 / $27.99 (paper).According...
The Kingdom Is Always but Coming: A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch
The Kingdom Is Always but Coming: A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch. By Christopher H. Evans. Library of Religious Biography. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. xxx + 348 pp. $25.00 (paper).The Kingdom Is Always but Coming...
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: "The Most Happy"
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: "The Most Happy" By Eric Ives. Oxford and Maiden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2004. xxii + 458 pp. £25.00 / $29.95 (cloth); £12.99 / $19.95 (paper).The popular view that the English Reformation was brought about merely because...
The Spiritual Context of the Windsor Report
If the Windsor Report is not only an ecclesiological or theological document, what is it? This article places the Report into both the historic and biblical contexts of Anglican spirituality. In doing so, this essay answers three essential questions...
The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century
The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Doris L. Bergen. Critical Problems in History. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004. xiv + 298 pp. $37.50 (cloth); $18.00 (paper).This collection...
The Unopened Gift
Recent decisions of its American and Canadian provinces on homosexuality have provoked a tumultuous crisis within the Anglican Communion but also a remarkable opportunity. The proponents hope that significant doctrinal developments are well underway...
The Windsor Report and Ecumenical Dialogue
This essay notes points of continuity between the Windsor Report's understanding of communion and authority and the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission on the same topics. In addition, features of the process of ecumenical dialogue...
The Windsor Report: Communion, Structure, and Covenant
The Windsor Report challenges Anglican ecclesiology on multiple fronts. Autonomy and interdependence; worldwide structures and contextualized mission; episcopacy and the ministry of the baptized; centralized accountability and dispersed authority: these...
The Windsor Report: Two Observations on Its Ecumenical Content
This essay comments on the ways in which two important international ecumenical dialogues of the Anglican Communion are treated in the Windsor Report: misleadingly in the case of the Roman Catholic Church, and hardly at all in the case of the Orthodox....
Thinking of the Laity in Late Tudor England
Thinking of the Laity in Late Tudor England. By Peter Iver Kaufman. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004. xi + 175 pp. $40.00 (cloth); $20.00 (paper).Thinking of the Laity seeks to examine two features of life in Tudor England that...
Thoughts on the Windsor Report: What Went Wrong?
The Report of the Lambeth Commission is flawed fundamentally because it refuses to take up the substantial issue that caused its coming into existence: the issue of homosexuality. "Process" statements will not suffice at this juncture in Anglican church...
Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan
Tools of Her Ministry: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan. By William A. Fagaly, with essays by Jason Berry and Helen M. Shannon, and a foreword by Gerard C. Wertkin. New York: American Folk Art Museum and Rizzoli International Publications, 2004. xi...
Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology
Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology. Edited by Richard J. Mouw and Mark A. Noll. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004....
Worship Today: Understanding, Practice, Ecumenical Implications
Worship Today: Understanding, Practice, Ecumenical Implications. Edited by Thomas F. Best and Dagmar Heller. Faith and Order Paper, no. 194. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2004. xiii + 325 pp. £15.95/$29.90 (paper).The editors have five aims in preparing...