Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment

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Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment. By Muriel Porter. (Farnham, Surrey, England and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011, Pp. xvi, 173. GBP 19.99.)

Muriel Porter has given the Anglican Communion audience a full description of a unique problem that exists in the Australian Church but that also affects the wider church. Her previous book, The New Puritans: The Rise of Fundamentalism in the Anglican Church (2006) is now updated with this more thoroughly researched and extensive study. Porter, in an engaging manner, fully details the history of the diocese of Sydney, its archbishops both former and current, its theological college and a number of personages who play key roles in the life of the diocese and its influence on not only the Australian Church but on the Anglican Communion as a whole Porter's writing style is journalistic, readily comprehended, and undergirded by citations from proper sources. At times, she lacks thorough historical and theological nuance, but her book appeals to a wider audience.

In a brilliant foreword by Martyn Percy, principal of Ripon Cuddesdon Theological College, he sets forth the arguments that follow in Porter's text: Fundamentalism has a number of meanings and can be applied too loosely, yet it is alive and well in Sydney, representing a fundamentalisticPuritanical style of Anglicanism. …

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