Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Pro Communione: Theological Essays on the Anglican Covenant

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Pro Communione: Theological Essays on the Anglican Covenant

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Pro Communione: Theological Essays on the Anglican Covenant. Edited by Benjamin M. Guyer (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2012, Pp. xxx, 214. $27.00.)

The proposed Anglican Covenant, which failed in its attempted passage in the Church of England and elsewhere, is the subject of the several essays in this volume, most of which are positive in their approval of it. The best essays, in my opinion, are written by Benjamin Guyer (the general editor of the volume) and Andrew Goddard, and both of these have a slightly English-evangelical ring about them. (The different stages of the covenant's drafts are not very clearly delineated, nor is the terminological switch from "instruments of unity" to "instruments of communion" given a compelling explanation.) Departing from the trajectory begun in the book's earlier chapters, Jeff Boldt, described as a graduate student at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto, has very little to say about the text of the covenant itself but very much to say in criticism of the theological writings of the Australian Anglican theologian Bruce Kaye, whom he compares negatively and unfavorably with the earlier Anglican writer Lionel Thornton. The attack on Kaye, I believe, seems almost beside the point and rather out of place.

One of the very best chapters of the book is that by Christopher Wells, editor of The Living Church, in which chapter he calls for a telling contrast between "interdependence" and "autonomy" as he argues cogently that the one must be given precedence over the other. …

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