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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. 89, No. 3, Summer

Adiaphora: The Achilles Heel of the Windsor Report
The Windsor Report maintains that any member church of the Anglican Communion which unilaterally takes any action presupposing that homosexual unions are morally permissible is in contempt of the bonds of affection and communion in the Anglican Church....
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. By Edwin H. Friedman. New York: Seabury Books, 2007. xi + 260 pp. $28.00 (paper).For the last twenty years, there have been two names to conjure with in conversations about leadership in the...
A Guide to the Phenomenology of Religion: Key Figures, Formative Influences, and Subsequent Debates
A Guide to the Phenomenology of Religion: Key Figures, Formative Influences, and Subsequent Debates. By James L. Cox. London: T & T Clark, Ltd., 2006. 267 pp. $39.95 (paper)."This book is born from a growing conviction . . . that religious studies...
Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide with Instructional CD
Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide with Instructional CD. By Cynthia Bourgeault. Boston: New Seeds Books (an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc.), 2006. 265 pages, CD included. $18.95 (paper).The modest title of this book belies the richness...
Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology
Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology. By Marilyn McCord Adams. Current issues in Theology New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xii + 313 pp. $85.00 (cloth); $29.99 (paper).In Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology (2006),...
Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II
Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II. By John Webster. London: T&T Clark, Ltd., 2005. viii + 232 pp. $59.95 (paper).The title of John Webster's new collection, Confessing God, is aptly chosen. In one way or another, all nine essays in...
Counting Treasures
Gleanings: Readings at the Intersection of Culture and FaithBooks CitedThe Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. By Benjamin M. Friedman. New York: Vintage, 2006, reprint. 592 pp. $35.00 (cloth), $16.95 (paper).Capital and the Kingdom: Theological Ethics...
Editor's Notes
That life in the Anglican Communion these days is deeply vexed is hardly news to anyone. While division on doctrinal and moral matters looms, a different kind of splitting is also apparent. Life in the Communion these days is characterized by faithful...
Equipping the Saints: Ordination in Anglicanism Today. Papers from the Sixth International Anglican Liturgical Consultation
Equipping the Saints: Ordination in Anglicanism Today. Papers from the Sixth International Anglican Liturgical Consultation. Edited by Ronald L. Dowling and David R. Holeton. Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland: Columbia Press, 2006. 244 pp. $25.00/£17.50...
Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism
Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism. Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements, no. 62. By Colin Buchanan. Lanham, Md.: The Scarecrow Press. Inc., 2000. iii + 554 pp. $90.00 (cloth).While it does run alphabetically from ABBEY...
Is There a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life
Is There a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life. By James Davison Hunter and Alan Wolfe. The Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion and American Public Life. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2006. xii + 118 pp. $18.95 (paper).At...
Job
Job. Edited by Manlio Simonetti and Marco Conti. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, vol. 6. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006. xxviii + 253 pp. $40.00 (cloth).Primarily designed for "contemporary preaching and lay spiritual formation."...
Kabbalah: A Brief Introduction for Christians
Kabbalah: A Brief Introduction for Christians. By Tamar Frankiel. Woodstock, Vt.: Jewish Lights, 2006. xvi + 1 84 pp. $ 1 6.99 (paper).Another installment in a Jewish Lights series for the "Christian reader. Kabbalah: A Brief Introduction for Christians...
Mary and Scripture: A Response to Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ
An Agreed Statement of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International CommissionThe place of Mary, mother of Jesus, in teaching and devotion has, to phrase it gently, been given different emphases within Anglicanism and by Anglicans and Roman Catholics. The...
Methodism: Empire of the Spirit
Methodism: Empire of the Spirit. By David Hempton. New Haven, Conn.: Yale university Press, 2005. 278 pp. $30.00 (cloth), $18.00 (paper).In his third book on Methodism, David Hempton attempts to explain the heart of Methodism and the reasons for its...
My Heart Sings out and My Heart Sings Out: Teacher's Guide
My Heart Sings Out and My Heart Sings Out: Teacher's Guide. Compiled and edited by Fiona Vidal-White. New York: Church Publishing. 2006. 260 pp. $15.00 (paper): 293 pp. $44.00 (paper).I am very excited about this recent collection of music from Church...
Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: An Introduction
Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: An Introduction. By James L. Resseguie. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2005. 288 pp. $22.99 (paper).In Narrative Criticism of the New Testament, James Resseguie offers a thorough and readable introduction...
Reading Augustine: A Guide to the Confessions
Reading Augustine: A Guide to the Confessions. By Jason Byassee. Cascade Companions. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2006. viii + 93 pp. $14.00 (paper).My unscientific observations suggest that the pervasive anti-Augustinian sentiment of popular culture...
Richard Hooker on the Eucharist: A Commentary on the Laws V.67
The argument of Richard Hooker's discussion of the Eucharist in the Laws V.67 has too often been obscured by a misunderstanding of the celebrated irenic tone of the presentation. Rather than simply a conciliatory ploy. Hooker's irenicism is a rhetorical...
Sacred Unions: A New Guide to Lifelong Commitment
Sacred Unions: A New Guide to Lifelong Commitment. By Thomas E. Breidenthal. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications. 2006. 154 pp. $18.95 (paper).Thomas Breidenthal's approach to the moral and spiritual challenges of intimate relationships is often unexpected,...
Scattering the Seed: A Guide through Balthasar's Early Writings on Philosophy and the Arts
Scattering the Seed: A Guide through Balthasar's Early Writings on Philosophy and the Arts. By Aidan Nichols, O.P. London: T & T Clark, Ltd., 2006. viii + 266 pp. $120.00 (cloth), $29.95 (paper).Aidan Nichols's previous three introductory books on...
Science and the Search for Meaning: Perspectives from International Scientists
Science and the Search for Meaning: Perspectives from International Scientists. Edited by Jean Staune. Philadelphia. Pa.: Templeton Foundation Press, 2006. 272 pp. $24.95 (paper).Jean Staune collects fourteen essavs by scientists who describe their perspectives...
The Byzantine Christ: Person, Nature, and the Will in the Christology of Saint Maximus the Confessor
The Byzantine Christ: Person, Nature, and the Will in the Christology of Saint Maximus the Confessor. By Demetrios Bathrellos. The Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford Universitv Press, 2005. xii + 228 pp. $98.00 (cloth).Demetrios Bathrellos...
The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology
The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology. By Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2005. 488 pp. $39.95 (paper).In this brilliant critique and reconstruction of postliberal theological method,...
The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism. Edited by Bernard McGinn. New York: Modern Library, 2006. 592 pp. $19.95 (paper).No one is better equipped than Bernard McGinn to provide a thorough and balanced guide to this vast literature. "A first-class...
The Gnostics: Identifying an Early Christian Cult
The Gnostics: Identifying an Early Christian Cult. By Alastair H. B. Logan. London: T & T Clark, Ltd., 2006. xvii + 150 pp. $34.95 (paper).Ten years ago, Alastair Logan's Gnostic Truth and Christian Heresy (1996) offered a close reading of the Nag...
The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems after Pictures by Jean-François Millet
The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems After Pictures by Jean-François Millet. By David Middleton. Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. 67 pp. $16.95 (paper).In this slim volume, David Middleton gives us the equivalent of a privateshowing...
The Haste of Sin, the Slowness of Salvation: An Interpretation of Irenaeus on the Fall and Redemption
The aim of this article is to show how Irenaeus incorporates patience into the economy of salvation, both in his understanding of the mission of the incarnate Son and in the life of the church. Haste, I argue, is at the root of sin for Irenaeus, while...
The Spirit Searches Everything: Keeping Life's Questions
The Spirit Searches Everything: Keeping Life's Questions. By Frederick H. Borsch. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2005. 149 pp. $13.95 (paper).In this book Bishop Frederick Borsch invites the reader into multiple dimensions of the spiritual journey...
The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion with and beyond Cognitive Neuroscience
The Wondering Brain: Thinking about Religion with and beyond Cognitive Neuroscience. By KeIIv Bulkelev. New York: Routledge (2005). 248 pp. $90.00 (cloth), $24.95 (paper).I would propose as a testable hypothesis that wonder makes the brain grow (p. 198).A...
Towards a Paschal Theology of Restorative Justice
In this essay, I argue that the resurrection, rather than the atonement, prorides the proper starting point for theological reflection on reconciliation and restorative justice. To frame this discussion, I survey attitudes toward the Truth and Reconciliation...
Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: An Inquiry into the Character of Earliest Christianity, 3rd Ed
Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: An Inquiry into the Character of Earliest Christianity, 3rd ed. By James D. G. Dunn. London: SCM Press. 2006. 470 pp. $29.99 (paper).I still recall my initial meeting with the legendary biblical scholar. C. K....
What Does God Look like in an Expanding Universe? an Anthology on God, Life and Death
What Does God Look Like in an Expanding Universe? An Anthology on God, Life and Death. Edited by Jim Schenk. Cincinnati, Ohio: ImagoEarth Publishing, 2006. 299 pp. $ 17.95 (paper).The word "God has inspired as much contestation as faith in the modern...
What's Anglican about Mission
Both Anglicanism and the missional are contested concepts at present, and their construals sometimes overlap. We understand mission better with the help of sociology, and in particular the work of David Martin. The phrase "dense encryptment" captures...