Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

Article excerpt

Each issue of the ATR now begins with a self-description, which declares our intention to promote, among other things, "interdisciplinary inquiry." This issue is an especially good example of what we intend. The principal articles are concerned with the religious horizon of political commitment, with what it is to interpret the meaning of literature and the meaning of historical events, with the ethics and the aesthetics of the Incarnation and the psychology of conversion, with the philosophy of communication and the communication of tradition, with Christianity in relation to culture, doctrine in relation to drama, art in relation to the artists life and faith.

Three are addresses, spoken and heard before being printed and read, and one of these is an address on addressing, a rhetorical performance about the performance of rhetoric. David Cunningham takes up a notion of decisive importance for every department of Christian theology-revelation-and asks whether it might be fruitfully expounded not as information-delivery but in terms of participation in cooperative drama. As his title indicates, oratory is a primary theme here, and it was as an orator that the subject of Mark Chapman's article, the redoubtable Frank \Veston, bishop of Zanzibar, had his greatest influence. But Weston was a prolific writer too, and the passion with which he advocated social and economic causes, his equallv passionate championing of controversial devotions, and his understanding of what the Incarnation of the Word implies were, Chapman shows, all of a piece.

It might seem there could be little in a seventh-century regional council for anyone to be passionate about, but next to the Reformation itself the Synod of Whitby, as it is called, was the most significant event in the formation of Anglican Christianity. …

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