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. 83, No. 3, Summer

A Clarification on the Filioque?
That the doctrine of the filioque and its uncanonical insertion in the Latin creed present serious obstacles to the reconciliation of churches has long been clear. It was manifest in the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries when the Orthodox people and...
Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion
Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion. By Rodney Stark and Roger Finke. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 343 pp. $48.00 (cloth); $18.95 (paper). At a recent American Academy of Religion meeting, after a brilliant paper was...
Adam, Eve, and Seth: Pneumatological Reflections on an Unusual Image in Gregory of Nazianzus's "Fifth Theological Oration"
I have been asked to contribute to this volume primarily, I suspect, in order to serve as the voice of the Christian East. While it is perhaps a little odd for a California boy, and coming thus from the uttermost West, to present himself as an "Oriental,"...
A Life Pleasing to God: The Spirituality of the Rules of St Basil
A Life Pleasing to God: The Spirituality of the Rules of St Basil. By Augustine Holmes, OSB. Cistercian Studies Series 189. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publications, 2000. xxii + 282 pp. $18.95 (paper). Around the year 520, an obscure and anonymous...
An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church: A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians / A Dictionary for Episcopalians
An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church: A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians. Edited by Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 2000. xi + 578 pp. $32.95 (paper). A Dictionary for Episcopalians. By John...
A World Full of Gods: The Strange Triumph of Christianity
A World Full of Gods: The Strange Triumph of Christianity. By Keith Hopkins. New York: The Free Press (Simon & Schuster), 1999. x + 402 pp. illus. $26.00 (cloth). Imagine that your college course in Ancient History had been taught by a tag-team troupe...
Boredom and the Religious Imagination
Boredom and the Religious Imagination. By Michael L. Raposa. Studies in Religion and Culture. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1999. xiii + 199 pp. $40.00 (cloth); $13.95 (paper). Friends looked at me strangely when I told them,...
By Water and the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Confirmation in Anglicanism
The work of the Holy Spirit is expressed in widely varying ways in contemporary Anglican worship. In congregations influenced by the charismatic renewal of the late twentieth century, vivid expressions of the power of the Spirit abound-praise music with...
Citizenship: Re-Minded by the Holy Spirit
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully...
Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches
Dancing in the Margins: Meditations for People Who Struggle with Their Churches. By Kathy Coffey. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999. 159 pp. $14.95 (paper). Robert Randall has argued that the most important reasons people go to church are...
Desiring Life: Benedict on Wisdom and the Good Life
Desiring Life: Benedict on Wisdom and the Good Life. By Norvene Vest. Boston: Cowley Publications, 2000. 171 pp. $12.95 (paper). "What is it that we really desire?" (p. 2). Following St. Benedict, Norvene Vest maintains that the true object of our human...
Does God Need the Church? toward a Theology of the People of God
Does God Need the Church? Toward a Theology of the People of God. By Gerhard Lohfink. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1999. ix + 341 pp. $39.95 (paper). The New Testament scholar and biblical theologian Gerhard...
Ecumenical Documents on Ministry (1973-1999)
In the past generation, ecumenical dialogue about ministry has shown a special urgency for clarity and coherence. Churches bring to these talks much of value and much in need of reform. All churches have structures of ministry that they identify, in...
Editor's Notes
Several years ago, my friend and colleague, Robert Slocum, proposed a special issue of the journal devoted to the Holy Spirit. Though hesitant at first, I came to realize how important questions of the recovery of Christian spirituality could be to the...
Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life
Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation About Religion's Role in Our Shared Life. By Martin Marty with Jonathan Moore. San Francisco: JosseyBass, 2000. vii +164 pp. $23.00 (cloth). Education, Religion, and...
Ethics after Easter
Ethics After Easter. By Stephen Holmgren. The New Church's Teaching Series, Vol. 9. Boston: Cowley Publications, 2000. xiii + 193 pp. $11.95 (paper). Ethics After Easter is the contribution of Stephen Holmgren, formerly associate professor of ethics...
Falling in Love: The Work of the Holy Spirit
What excites me about Christianity is its surprise factor. Risky, challenging, revelatory, it bubbles with new ideas and pictures, uncovering God where you least expect, and questioning many of your spiritual and social and political assumptions.1 This...
Feminism and Christian Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography and Critical Introduction to the Literature
Feminism and Christian Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography and Critical Introduction to the Literature. By Mary-Paula Walsh. Bibliographies and Indexes in Religious Studies, No. 51. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. xiii + 456 pp. $85.00 (cloth)....
Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love
Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love. By Richard Giannone. New York: Fordham Universtiy Press, 1999. xxi + 268 pp. $33.00 (cloth): $18.00. (Paper). For those who suspected that Flannery O'Connor might be more Christian than the Christians who have...
Gathering the NeXt Generation: Essays on the Formation and Ministry of GenX Priests
Gathering the NeXt Generation: Essays on the Formation and Ministry of GenX Priests. Edited by Nathan Humphrey. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. xxiv + 163 pp. $21.00 (paper). This essay collection is one of the initiatives that resulted...
Gratia: Grace and Gratitude-Fifty Unmodern Theses as Prolegomena to Pneumatology
The organic wholeness of the Christian faith is at once the joy of believers and the despair of those who wish to think and write of it. Each member of the body of Christian doctrine is so closely interwoven with the rest that it seems almost impossible...
Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation
Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation. Edited by A. K. M. Adam. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000. xii + 322 pp. $29.99 (paper). The Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation offers readers introductory essays on postmodernism and biblical...
Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence
Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence. By Brian S. Hook and R. R. Reno. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000. viii + 253 pp. $23.95 (paper). The very word "hero" comes from the ancient Greek, and brings to mind Achilles...
Holy Spirit in Holy Church: From Experience to Doctrine
The history of the Holy Spirit in the early Church can best be understood as a development from experience to doctrine: from experience in prayer, worship and charismatic gifts as seen especially in Origen, Hippolytus, Tertullian, and Montanus, to a...
Home and Exile
Home and Exile. By Chinua Achebe. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. x + 115 pp. $18.95 (cloth). Chinua Achebe's Home and Exile is required reading. But I must warn those who are familiar with Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart...
Introduction and Dedication: Engaging the Spirit
For too long the Holy Spirit has tended to be either disregarded or the object of fanatical exclamation in the life of the Church, especially in western Christianity. However, in recent years there has been a renewal of interest in engaging the Spirit's...
Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself
Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, as Written by Himself. By Wendell Berry. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 2000. 354 pp. $25.00 (cloth). "I always tried to keep faith with my customers," says Jayber Crow,...
Jesus the Meek King
Jesus the Meek King. By Deidre J.Good. Harrisburg, Pa.: trinity Press International. 1999. xii + 131 pp. $16.00 (paper) Jesus the Meek King by Deirdre Good makes a unique contribution to the study of Jesus, particularly in the Gospel of Matthew. Its...
Justification and the Holy Spirit
Over half a century ago the well-known Anglican liturgiologist Gregory Dix reminded us that the Reformation was not all about incense, vestments, or other externals-the Lutherans anyhow kept most of those things-but about the doctrine of justification....
Les Catacombes Chretiennes De Rome: Origine, Developpement, Decor, Inscriptions / Subterranean Rome: In Search of the Roots of Christianity in the Catacombs of the Eternal City
Les catacombes chretiennes de Rome: Origine, developpement, decor, inscriptions. By Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai, Fabrizio Bisconti, and Danilo Mazzoleni. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000. 207 pp. 1603.08 BEF (cloth). Subterranean Rome: In Search of the Roots of...
Living the Truth
Living the Truth. By Alan Jones. Boston: Cowley Publications, 2000. 166 pp. $12.95 (paper). Near the beginning of his book, Dean Alan Jones includes a quotation from novelist James Carroll, writing in the Boston Globe: "What if human beings are never...
Living with History
Living with History. By Fredrica Harris Thompsett. The New Church's Teaching Series, Vol. 5. Boston: Cowley Publications, 1999. xii + 200 pp. $11.95 (paper). Living with History is volume five of the New Church's Teaching Series, designed to help Anglicans...
Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement
Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement. By Rowan Williams. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000. x + 190 pp. $29.95 (paper). This is a book for anyone with in an interest in the cure of souls, because (as becomes increasingly apparent as the book...
Mysteries of Faith
Mysteries of Faith. By Mark McIntosh. The New Church's Teaching Series, Vol. 8. Boston: Cowley Publications, 2000. xii + 185 pp. $11.95 (paper). Professor McIntosh offers a highly readable and engaging interpretation of orthodox Christian doctrinal reflection....
Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics
Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics. By Jean Porter. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999. 340 pp. $28.00 (cloth). The Anglican moral theologians drew heavily on the ideas and writings of...
Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit
Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit. By Garry Wills. New York: Doubleday, 2000. 326 pp. $25.00 (cloth); $14.95 (paper). Given the notoriety that Papal Sin provoked when it was published in June of 2000, many readers of the ATR will already have heard about...
Reading at the Interface of Culture and Faith: Inviting the Spiritual Seeker
Gleanings Net Book used Clergy Wellness and Mutual Ministry: A Resource for Clergy and Congregations, 4th ed. By Pamela Lee Cranston and the Clergy Wellness Commission. San Francisco: Episcopal Diocese of California, 2000. ix + 69 pp. $6.95 (paper)....
Religion and Community
Religion and Community. By Keith Ward. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 366 pp. $72.00 (cloth); $19.95 (paper). With this volume the Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford brings his quartet of comparative theology to...
Religion and the Powers of the Common Life
Religion and the Powers of the Common Life. Edited by Max L. Stackhouse with Peter J. Paris. God and Globalization, Vol. 1. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2000. xiii + 288 pp. $40.00 (cloth). I confess I approached the task of reviewing...
Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark, C. 1880-1939
Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark, c. 1880-1939. By S. C. Williams. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. xi + 206 pp. $70.00 (cloth). This short book (the actual text is just 176 pages) represents a significant advance in our understanding...
Religious Poetry and Prose of John Donne / John Donne: Contemporary Critical Essays
Religious Poetry and Prose of John Donne. Edited and mildly modernized by Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 1999. xiii + 97 pp. $12.95 (paper). John Donne: Contemporary Critical Essays. Edited by Andrew Mousley. New York: St. Martin's,...
Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in a Changing World of Medicine
Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in a Changing World of Medicine. By Jerome Groopman. New York: Viking, 2000. 243 pp. $24.95 (cloth). Jerome Groopman, a well-known physician-author who writes for The New Yorker and The New Republic, has...
Solid Ground: 25 Years of Evangelical Theology
Solid Ground: 25 Years of Evangelical Theology. Edited by Carl R. Trueman, Tony J. Gray, and Craig L. Blomberg. Leicester: Apollos, 2000. 319 pp. 14.99 (cloth). This volume is a collection of papers that have appeared over the past twenty-five years...
Some Notes on Filioque
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted) At the Minneapolis General Convention of 1976, a lay deputy moved to end debate on whether or not to omit the phrase "and the Son" from the text of the Nicene Creed in the Proposed Book of Common...
Speaking Personally of You, Holy Spirit
Words about you, Spirit Divine, reverberate around my caged mind, seeking fragile order. I can only stutter about your vast-intimate Nowness, about which my mind knows nothing but rumors-rumors seeping out from my spiritual heart's more directly attuned...
Spirit: Inner Witness and Guardian of the Soul
A Thirst for the Vision The Spirit makes rivers of life flow in him for his own joy and ... those who thirst for this vision (John of Dalyatha).1 Created in "the image of God," we have within us a template of the divine: The same creative, coordinating...
Starting Over: The Holy Spirit as Subject and Locus of Spiritual Theology
The burgeoning interest in "spirituality" is too obvious to be missed. Alongside tendencies towards a New Age1 there is a genuine revival of classical Christian spirituality. This more focused movement can be seen in new seminary courses, training programs...
The Art of the Cross: Medieval and Renaissance Piety
The Art of the Cross: Medieval and Renaissance Piety, an exhibition held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, February 7-April 29, 2001.1 Along with all the other accomplishments and idiosyncrasies that filled her extraordinary life, Isabella...
The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd
The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd. By Mary Rose O'Reilley. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2000. 344 pp. $22.95 (cloth). To define oneself as an apprentice is to admit both inexperience and vulnerability....
The Bread of Life: A Cookbook for Body and Soul / Art of the Inner Meal: Eating as a Spiritual Path / Golden Arches East: McDonald's in East Asia
The Bread of Life: A Cookbook for Body and Soul. By The Episcopal Church Women. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. x + 276 pp. $25.00 (cloth). Art of the Inner Meal: Eating as a Spiritual Path. By Donald Altman. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco,...
The Changing Face of God
The Changing Face of God. Edited by Frederick W Schmidt. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. 97 pp. $12.95 (paper). This little book reproduces a lecture series at the National Cathedral in Washington. The premise of two of the most famous of...
The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999
The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999. Edited by Kevin Ward and Brian Stanley. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. xiii + 382 pp. illus. $45.00 (cloth)....
The Diocesan Revival in the Church of England, C. 1800-1870
The Diocesan Revival in the Church of England, c. 1800-1870. By Arthur Burns. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. xiv + 344 pp. $82.00 (cloth). Arthur Burns's masterly account of one of the main aspects of nineteenth-century...
The Fingerprints of God: Tracking the Divine Suspect through a History of Images
The Fingerprints of God: Tracking the Divine Suspect through a History of Images. By Robert Farrar Capon. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. xv + 163 pp. $15.00 (paper). Capon tells us that his theological writing has...
The Holy Spirit: Source of Unity in the Liturgy
For Anglicans, discussion of the role of the Holy Spirit in the liturgy has tended to focus on two specific issues in sacramental theology: first, there is the long debate among a wide range of Anglican theologians and liturgists concerning the action...
The Impossible Commandment
Most of the above quotations are familiar. There is little that could be considered esoteric on the surface of any of them. They are simple. We know what they mean. And yet, and yet. Rare is the parish pastor or priest who has not had parishioners come...
"The Lord, the Giver of Life:" A Reflection on the Theology of the Holy Spirit in the Twelfth Century
Towards the end of the twelfth century, the Calabrian abbot Joachim of Fiore (c. 1132-1202) envisioned a Trinitarian history of humankind in three grand status: the age of the Law or the Father, the age of the Son and of grace, and finally, a third age...
The Pope's Body
The Pope's Body. By Agostino Paravicini-Bagliani. Translated by David S. Peterson. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. xxii + 352 pp. $28.00 (cloth). Agostino Paravicini-Bagliani, Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Lausanne,...
"The Spirite Searcheth the Botome of Goddes Secretes"
If we are "thinking reeds" as Pascal has claimed, then are our memories yet more feeble than our thinking? I do not think I can remember a time when my mind and soul were not filled with images and fantasies that I would later come to call imagination,...
The Spirit in the Blood
When he comes, he will convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:8). This short essay is an exploration of the relation between the Holy Spirit as entity or quantity and the Holy Spirit as justifying action. What is the...
Thomas Merton: Essential Writings
Thomas Merton: Essential Writings. Edited by Christine M. Bochen. Modern Spiritual Masters Series. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2000. 191 pp. $14.00 (paper). In her preface to this fine anthology, the editor, Christine Bochen, acknowledges that three...
Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ
Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ. By William T. Cavanaugh. Oxford and Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 1998. xi + 286 pp. $30.95 (paper). This work is a scholarly, readable examination of the relationship between...
Transforming Conflict in Church
Essential Reading Is it naive to recommend prayer to the congregation embroiled in conflict? So the experts seem to think! The church-conflict management literature in general relies not upon prayer but upon suggestions for making 11 structural changes"...
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity During the Last Days of Rome. By Richard E. Rubenstein. San Diego: Harcourt, 1999. xviii + 267 pp. $14.00 (paper). About twenty years ago a scholar rather subversively wondered aloud at an academic...
Women Officeholders in Early Christianity: Epigraphical and Literary Studies
Women Officeholders in Early Christianity: Epigraphical and Literary Studies. By Ute E. Eisen. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2000. viii + 322 pp. $49.95 (paper). While feminist reconstruction of early Christian history is now well established,...
Zacchaean Effects and Ethics of the Spirit
Effects and ethics of the Holy Spirit today can be described in terms of the themes of abundance, hope and community in the story of Zacchaeus. The Gospel of Luke (19:1-11) records that Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and rich. He was an outcast,...