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. 94, No. 2, Spring

Anatheism: Returning to God after God
Anatheism: Returning to God after God. By Richard Kearney. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. xxi + 248 pp. $22.50 (paper).On April 8, 1966, a provocative question appeared on the cover of Time magazine, one that became the decentering center...
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Anglican Evangelicals on Personal and Social Ethics
Anglican evangelicals over the past three hundred years have given significant attention to addressing moral, social, and political concerns. Scholars have often overlooked the contributions made by evangelicals in presenting a biblically-oriented, Christcentered,...
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A Pastoral Teaching on the Environment from the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church
QUITO, ECUADORSeptember 2011We, your bishops, believe these words of Jeremiah describe these times and call us to repentance as we face the unfolding environmental crisis of the earth:How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither?...
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Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion/Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Anglican Church
Coleridge, the Rible, and Religion. By Jeffrey W. Barbeau. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. xii + 234 pp. $90.00 (cloth).Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Anglican Church. By Luke Savin Herrick Wright....
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Contemporary Anglican Systematic Theology: Three Examples in David Brown, Sarah Coakley, and David F. Ford
IntroductionIn our own time, we are well aware of the imperialism of earlier claims of the Church of England to speak for the whole Communion. Gone are the days when a book written only by members of the Church of England and (at most) two representatives...
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Discerning Open Table in Community and Mission
1. "Open Communion": What Are We Talking About? Typical conversations about open communion invoke "inclusion" or "hospitality" as an assumed rationale and then offer additional rationale or rebuttal from Scripture, theology, and ecclesiology, each discipline...
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Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology
Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology. Two-volume set. By David H. Kelsey. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009. 1,112 pp. $80.00 (cloth).In his Eccentric Existence, David H. Kelsey offers an epic contribution to the field of systematic...
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Editor's Notes
This is a very rich issue of the Anglican Theological Review, and I am delighted that we have been able to bring so many interesting elements and authors together in a single issue. There are two major essays on Anglican moral theology and ethics; further...
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Following Jesus Outside: Reflections on the Open Table
In these brief remarks I will lay out what concerns me about the growing practice of the open table. By "open table" I mean specifically the general invitation of everyone to communion, without any reference to Christian faith. Please note that I will...
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Fully into Ashes
Fully into Ashes. By Sofia M. Starnes. San Antonio, Tex.: Wings Press, 2011.86 pp. $16.00 (paper).Sofia Starnes's new book of poems, Fully into Ashes, is written out of an edgy religious attitude toward life; she asks deep questions about the purpose...
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Geoffrey Fisher: Archbishop of Canterbury 1945-1961
Geoffrey Fisher: Archbishop of Canterbury 1945-1961. Princeton Theological Monograph Series 77. By David Hein. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2008. xviii + 113 pp. $17.00 (paper).Considering Edward Carpenter's recent and extensive biography of...
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Howard Thurman: Essential Writings
Howard Thurman: Essential Writings. Selected by Luther E. Smith, Jr. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006. 174 pp. $18.00 (paper).Howard Thurman: Essential Writings is part of the Modern Spiritual Masters Series by Orbis Books. The goal of this series...
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Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics
Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics. By David R. Bauer and Robert A. Traina. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2011. xvi + 446 pages. $34.99 (cloth).This volume celebrates the lifelong career of Robert A. Traina,...
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Introduction
Two of the essays in this issue - my essay on "The Anglican Exemplary Tradition" and Jeffrey Greenman s "Anglican Evangelicals on Personal and Social Ethics" - are the first two essays from a new research project on Christian ethics and the Anglican...
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Jesus Freak
Jesus Freak. By Sara Miles. San Francisco, CaHf.: Jossey-Bass, 2010. 171 pp. $21.95 (cloth).On the back of my copy of Dorothy Day's Loaves and Fishes is a snippet from a review by Thomas Merton, which notes that these experiences from the founder of...
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New and Selected Poems, 1989-2009
New and Selected Poems, 1989-2009. By Anthony S. Abbot. Davidson, N.C.: Lorimer Press, 2009. 120 pp. $18.95 (paper).Celebrated poet and accomplished storyteller Anthony Abbot offers here an anthology of his previous four volumes of verse, with an added...
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Practicing Paradise: Contemplative Awareness and Ecological Renewal
What would it mean for Christians to take seriously the idea that we are called to practice paradise, to inhabit the world as if "everything is in fact paradise"? In the Christian contemplative tradition, one finds recurring attention to the notion that...
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Rethinking Secularism
Rethinking Secularism. Edited by Craig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. x + 311 pp. $24.95 (paper).This volume marks the conclusion of a massive four-year academic research project devoted...
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The Anglican Exemplary Tradition
A distinctive strand of Anglican thought addressing Christian faith and Christian life may be described as the exemplary tradition, represented by Jeremy Taylor, Thomas Traherne, Joseph Butler, F. D. Maurice, and Kenneth Kirk. This virtue tradition within...
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The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology
The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. Edited by Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby, and Iain R. Torrance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 572 pp. $199.00 (cloth).This new reference work provides a single-volume,...
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The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World
The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World. By Laura M. Hartman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. xiii + 256 pp. $29.95 (cloth).Theological reflection upon consumerism is often bewilderingly vague. This is understandable, given...
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The Occasional Theology and Constant Spirituality of Rowan Williams
Rowan Williams is not only Archbishop of Canterbury, but also a world-class theologian. This essay explicates Williams's theology by underscoring the substrate mystagogical impulse that invites his readers into a deeper engagement with the Christian...
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The Reformation and Robert Barnes: History, Theology and Polemic in Early Modern England
The Reformation and Robert Barnes: History, Theology and Polemic in Early Modern England. By Korey D. Maas. Woodbridge, England: The Boydell Press, 2010. xii + 254 pages. $99.00 (cloth).Korey Maas, who earned his doctorate at Oxford and currently teaches...
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The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel
The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel. By Craig R. Koester. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing, 2008. xiv + 245 pp. $21.00 (paper).This volume attempts to answer three questions relating to the Gospel of John: (1) Who is the God about whom...
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Tolstoy in Love
Tolstoy in Love. By Ray Givans. Dublin, Ireland: Dedalus Press, 2009. 82 pp. $14.95 (paper)."The treetops are delicate as dandelion clocks" (p. 64) might be my favorite line in Ray Givans's collection of poems Tolstoy in Love. Readers should not let...
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What Episcopalians Believe: An Introduction
What Episcopalians Believe: An Introduction. By Samuel Wells. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2011. xiv + 122 pp. $14.00 (paper).Anglicans are fond of quoting the maxim lex orandi lex credendi ("the law of prayer is the law of belief"). It explains...
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Who May Be Invited to the Table?
For three decades the Church of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco has had a custom of inviting all present at the liturgy to receive communion.1 St. Gregory's may be the first congregation of the Episcopal Church to make this explicit invitation,2...
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