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. 3, Summer

"Always Carrying in the Body the Death of Jesus": Baptism, Martyrdom, and Quotidian Existence in Rowan Williams's Theology
This essay explores Rowan Williams's vision of Christian identity as it is known and experienced in the practice of martyrdom. For Williams, as claimed in his meditation on martyrdom in Christ on Trial, the public performance of martyrdom, as the reception...
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. By Diana Butler Bass. New York: HarperOne, 2009. 353 pp. $25.99 (cloth).In A People's History of Christianity Diana Butler Bass outlines a narrative of the Christian story she calls '"Big-C...
A Pneumatological Theology of Diversity
After years of effort, racial and ethnic diversity remain a challenge for the church. Practical and constructive theologies of diversity generally depend upon the person and teaching of Christ and ignore the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. The eucharistie...
A Poetic Discontent: Austin Farrer and the Gospel of Mark
A Poetic Discontent: Austin Farrer and the Gospel of Mark. By Robert Titley. London: T&T Clark International, 2010. 220 pp. $130.00 (cloth).From one angle, this is a book about a book: Austin Farrer's A Study in St. Mark (1951). From another angle,...
As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry
As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry. By Jackson W. Carroll. Second edition. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2011. xi + 221 pp. $26.00 (paper).This insightful volume explores the changing place of clergy authority in contemporary church...
Balthasar's Trilogy: A Reader's Guide
Balthasar's Trilogy: A Reader's Guide. By Stephen Wigley. London: T&T Clark, 2010. 176 pp. $16.95 (paper).This text recognizes that Hans Urs von Balthasar s trilogy creates a theological narrative that interprets the Bible, while being both Christocentric...
Conscience, Interdependence, and Embodied Difference: What Paul's Ecclesial Principles Can Offer the Contemporary Church
One of the perennial concerns of ecclesiology seems to be that of unity and difference. Are there limits to the kinds of diversity which church unity can sustain? Can a unified community sustain disagreement and dissent? This paper attempts to situate...
C. S. Lewis and America's Health Care Debate
This essay questions the assumption that C. S. Lewis should be considered an advocate of social conservatism with reference to the political scene of the United States in 2012. It begins with a brief survey of Lewis's political thought, before examining...
Editor's Notes
The wide-ranging essays of this Summer 2012 issue of the Anglican Theological Review encourage us to practice just the sort of "archeology" of Christian tradition that Timothy Sedgwick described in his introduction to our Spring issue. We look beyond...
Everyday Law in Biblical Israel: An Introduction
Everyday Law in Biblical Israel: An Introduction. By Raymond Westbrook and Bruce Wells. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2009. ix + 156 pp. $25.00 (paper).In Everyday Law in Biblical Israel, Raymond Westbrook and Bruce Wells have provided a fine...
Eye of the Hare
Eye of the Hare. By John F. Deane. Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 2011. 98 pp. $19.95 (paper).This poetry collection comes from one of Ireland's most capable and distinguished poets and literary figures. It deserves notice in these pages because...
Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. By Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). Translated by the Vatican Secretariat of State. San Francisco, Calif.: Ignatius Press, 2011. 362 pp. $24.95 (cloth).This...
Lessons from Unlikely Sources: What a Market Researcher and a Megachurch Are Teaching a Few Episcopalians about Growing the Church
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of...
Liberating Lutheran Theology: Freedom for Justice and Solidarity in a Global Context
Liberating Lutheran Theology: Freedom for Justice and Solidarity in a Global Context. By Paul Chung, Ulrich Duchrow, and Craig L. Nessan. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2011. 292 pp. $33.00 (cloth).Liberation theology is venturing remarkably creative...
Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic World
Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic World. By Travis Glasson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 328 pp. $55.00 (cloth).The story of protest by the missionary orders against Spanish colonial abuse of the native...
Middle-East Mezze
Middle-East Mezze. By David Radavich. Austin, Tex.: Plain View Press, 2011. 80 pp. $14.95 (paper)."Transport us now / to the Orient, / where everything / is dry and teeming with life" (p. 23). And David Radavich does just that in his aptly named collection...
O Oriens: Reassessing Eastward Eucharistic Celebration for Renewed Liturgy
Is an east-facing eucharistic celebration incompatible with renewed liturgy? In this paper I suggest that this ancient tradition has great potential precisely within the baptismal ecclesiology and participatory practice that are the hallmarks of liturgical...
Our Grass-Stained Wings: An Essay on Poetry and Theology
The great kenosis hymn in Philippians, with its account of the one who took on "the form of a slave" only then to be "highly exalted" by God (2:6-11), forms what we might call the mythopoetic center of the Christian imagination. In these words the first...
Reconstructing Early Christian Worship
Reconstructing Early Christian Worship. By Paul F. Bradshaw. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2009. viii + 151 pp. $19.95 (paper).In a methodological manner suitable for F. D. Maurice, Paul Bradshaw purports to drill down at key points beneath...
St. Paul among the Philosophers
St. Paul among the Philosophers. Edited by John D. Caputo and Linda Martin Alcoff. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 2009. 208 pp. $22.95 (paper).This collection of essays was originally written for a conference on the recent philosophical...
The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church beyond Belief
The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief By Peter Rollins. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2008. 196 pp. $19.95 (paper).Peter Rollins s first book, How (Not) to Speak of God, which I praised in these pages in Winter 2009, developed...
The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems
The Ninety-Third Name of God: Poems. By Anya Krugovoy Silver. Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 2010. 80 pp. $17.95 (paper).A good strife lies at the heart of Anya Krugovoy Silvers deeply affecting book of poems, The Ninety-Third Name...
The Reliability of the New Testament: Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace in Dialogue
The Reliability of the New Testament: Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace in Dialogue. Edited by Robert B. Stewart. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2011. xix + 220 pp. $22.00 (paper).This book provides a spirited discussion of the state of the text...
The Two "I"s of Christ: Revisiting the Christological Controversy
The Two "I"s of Christ: Revisiting the Christological Controversy Books Discussed: The Christology ofTheodoret of Cyrus: Antiochene Christology from the Council ofEphesus (431) to the Council of Chalcedon (451) by Paul B. Clayton, Jr. Oxford Early Christian...
William Cowper: On Recovering from Depression
On a hill the wolves freeze, howl.Deep in the forest's underbelly I snare my foot;a lone wolf uncovers me, strikes.I beat the beast about the jaws;blood spatters its dark eye.As it cowers I climb a tree's umbilical.Waken. First light slants through bolted...
Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness
Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness. By Nancy Kehoe. San Francisco, Calif.: JosseyBass, 2009. 176 pp. $19.95 (cloth).Not since Henri Nouwens The Wounded Healer has a book made so much sense. Nancy Kehoe...