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. 84, No. 1, Winter

A Feast of Anglican Spirituality / to Be A Pilgrim: The Anglican Ethos in History
A Feast of Anglican Spirituality. Compiled by Robert Backhouse. London: The Canterbury Press; Norwich: Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited, 1998. 288 pp. 9.99 (paper). To Be a Pilgrim: The Anglican Ethos in History. By Frederick Quinn. New York: Crossroad,...
At the Origins of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion
At the Origins of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion. By Larry Hurtado. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. xi + 138 pp. $16.00 (paper). Conceptions of worship really can be vastly...
Bearing Fruit in Due Season: Feminist Hermeneutics and the Bible in Worship
Bearing Fruit in Due Season: Feminist Hermeneutics and the Bible in Worship. By Elizabeth J. Smith. Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, 1999. viii + 248 pp. $29.95 (paper). Elizabeth J. Smith holds a doctoral degree in liturgy from the Graduate...
Belief or Nonbelief? A Confrontation
Belief or Nonbelief? A Confrontation. By Umberto Eco and Carlo Montini. Translated by Minna Proctor. New York: Arcade, 2000. 102 pp. $17.99 (cloth). This slim volume is as challenging to read as it must have been for the authors to compose their responses...
Beyond the Chandeleurs: Poems / in Light Apart: The Achievement of John Finlay
Beyond the Chandeleurs: Poems. By David Middleton. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999. xi + 73 pp. $19.95 (cloth). In Light Apart: The Achievement of John Finlay. Edited by David Middleton. Glenside, Pa.: The Aldine Press, 1999. vi +...
Biblical Studies and the Teaching of Church History
The exposition of biblical texts is not the responsibility of the church history department at Virginia Seminary. Nevertheless, it would be extremely difficult to trace the history of the Church without frequent reference to the Scriptures. This is certainly...
Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin
Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin. By Judith Tannenbaum. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000. 199 pp. $42.50 (cloth); $15.95 (paper). It should not surprise me that in the end Judith Tannenbaum, a Jewish poet and teacher,...
Editor's Notes
As we move through the days after September 11, it is very natural to wonder about what is most important in our teaching and learning and thinking together as an Anglican community. Being agents of God's reconciling work is likely to make us hungry...
Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church
Faithful Dissenters: Stories of Men and Women Who Loved and Changed the Church. By Robert McClory. New York: Orbis Books, 2000. viii + 180 pp. $16.00 (paper). Prepare to be edified! Robert McClory has gathered together as motley a crew of saints as ever...
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. By Matt Ridley. New York: Harper Collins, 2000. 334 pp. $14.00 (paper). Recently, scientists announced that they had completed the identification of every gene in the human body. Matt Ridley takes...
Hymn for the Creation
Father, who made the night and day By spinning earth upon its way, And, after all of that, made us, We praise your work as glorious. Creator of creation, praise Will honor you throughout our days! Lest we forget you made the earth, Quicken in us that...
"If It Wasn't for the Women.": Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community
"If It Wasn't for the Women . . . ": Black Women's Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community. By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001. viii + 253 pp. $24.00 (paper). African American women and the welfare of the black...
Job: And Death No Dominion
job: And Death No Dominion. By Daniel Berrigan. Franklin, Wis.: Sheed & Ward, 2000. xxi + 368 pp. $ 24.95 (cloth). Jesuit priest and veteran peace activist Daniel Berrigan offers here a meditative, poetic response to the book of Job. His reading...
Lutherans and Episcopalians Together: A Guide to Understanding
Lutherans and Episcopalians Together: A Guide to Understanding. By G. Scott Cady and Christopher L. Webber. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 2001. xii + 148 pp. $11.95 (paper); Education kit available only from Leader Resources (reproducible master file,...
Natural Resources: Tradition without Orthodoxy
Last year I bought a satisfyingly heavy, neutral-colored tome entitled Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House.1 The author confessed herself to be of rural background, and the keeper of many lost traditions of housewifery. Given the generally...
No Future without Forgiveness
No Future without Forgiveness. By Desmond Tutu, New York: Doubleday, 1999. 289 pp. $23.95 (cloth); $14.95 (paper). At the heart of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's spirituality is an eschatological understanding in which spiritual practices like forgiveness...
Paphnutius: Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and the Life of Onnophrius
Paphnutius: Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and The Life of Onnophrius. By Tim Vivian. Cistercian Studies 140. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publications, 2000. 206 pp. $17.95 (paper). The Rev. Dr. Tim Vivian's book, Paphnutius: Histories of the...
Paul and the Stoics
Paul and the Stoics. By Troels Engberg-Pedersen. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2000. xi + 435 pp. $39.95 (paper). The title may mislead the potential reader. Far more than a narrow comparison between Paul and a philosophical position, the book...
Reading the Bible Confessionally in the Church
Recently I spent a day sitting around a table dreaming with a group of theologians, biblical scholars, and scholars in secular disciplines who regularly enter into dialogue between their own disciplines and theology. We were Catholics and Protestants...
Reading with Deeper Eyes: The Love of Literature and the Life of Faith
Reading with Deeper Eyes: The Love of Literature and the Life of Faith. By William H. Willimon. Nashville: Upper Room, 1998. 125 pp. $12.00 (paper). In Reading with Deeper Eyes, William Willimon offers brief discussions from a Christian perspective of...
Reclaiming the Great Commission: A Practical Model for Transforming Denominations and Congregations
Reclaiming the Great Commission: A Practical Model for Transforming Denominations and Congregations. By Bishop Claude E. Payne and Hamilton Beazley. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. xx + 268 pp. $24.95 (cloth). People who care about churches are drawn...
Rhetorical Invention and Religious Inquiry: New Perspectives
Rhetorical Invention and Religious Inquiry: New Perspectives. Edited by Walter Jost and Wendy Olmstead. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000. v + 425 pp. $40.00 (cloth); $18.95 (paper). "Perhaps not since the Rennaissance... have students of...
Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis / Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life
Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis. By Valerie Martin. New York: Knopf, 2001. xii + 268 pp. $24.00 (cloth). Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life. By Adrian House. Mahwah, N.J.: Hidden Spring, 2001. xv + 336 pp. $28.00 (cloth). At the western...
Same-Sex Relations in Africa and the Debate on Homosexuality in East African Anglicanism
The 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops of the Anglican Communion was dominated by the issue of homosexuality. A feature of the debate, which took many British and Americans participants by surprise, was the lively contribution made by African bishops....
Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation
Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation. By Kennon L. Callahan. San Francisco: Jossey-- Bass, 2000. x + 342 pp. $22.00 (cloth). For those familiar with Callahan's Twelve Keys to an Effective Church (Harper &...
Spiritual Readings in Chronological Order
1. Thaumaturgus, Gregory. "Oration and Panegyric Addressed to Origen." In Fathers of the Third Century (Ante-Nicene Fathers Series, Vol. 6), edited by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, pp. 21-39. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrikson, 1886. This is a lovely...
Talking to Strangers
Books Discussed Visions: The Soul's Path to the Sacred. By Eddie Ensley, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000. xvi+ 285 pp. $17.95 (cloth) Spiritual But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America. By Robert C. Fuller. Oxford and New York: Oxford University...
Teaching the Authority of the Bible
In teaching theology in the theological seminary context, I engage the Bible's authority in at least two ways. One way is in its church-- acknowledged function as the supreme norm for Christian teaching. In this way I want the Bible to function as an...
Teaching the Bible at Virginia Seminary in Late Modern Times
The course description for my introductory, year-long Old Testament Interpretation course here at Virginia Theological Seminary opens: "An introduction to interpreting the Old Testament for our times, a period extending from modernist challenges to late...
Teaching the Bible in a New Millennium
The 1990s saw a complete turnover in the biblical faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary. Through retirements and resignations, five faculty members in the fields of Old Testament and New Testament left the seminary. Some of these figures had taught...
The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil
The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil. By James Davison Hunter. New York: Basic Books, 2000. xv + 320 pp. $26.00 (cloth). In The Death of Character James Hunter offers a sociological analysis of moral education in America....
The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius
The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius. By Peter Widdicombe. Oxford Theological Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, rev. ed., 2000. xxiii + 290 pp. $27.95 (paper). When Peter Widdicombe published the first edition of The Fatherhood...
The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt
The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt. By Teresa A. Sullivan, Elizabeth Warren and Jay Lawrence Westbrook. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000. xviii + 380 pp. $35.00 (cloth); $17.95 (paper). In the business section of the Boston Globe...
The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus
The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus. By Avivah Gottlieb Zomberg. New York: Doubleday, 2001. 582 pp. $35.00 (cloth). Avivah Zornberg has written ten lengthy reflections, not directly on the biblical text of Exodus, but rather on the midrash,...
The Place of the Bible in the Virginia Seminary Curriculum: Homiletics
The centrality of the Bible in the course of studies at Virginia Seminary is evinced not only in the structure of the curriculum, but also in the teaching of homiletics. In homiletics classes, the Bible is the primary object of hermeneutical interpretation...
The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition
The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition. By L. William Countryman. Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1999. 214 pp. $15.00 (paper). In The Poetic Imagination, L. William Countryman maintains that Anglican...
The Rite Song, Version 1.0: A Musical CD-ROM for the Episcopal Church
A Feast of Anglican Spirituality. Compiled by Robert Backhouse. London: The Canterbury Press; Norwich: Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited, 1998. 288 pp. L9.99 (paper). To Be a Pilgrim: The Anglican Ethos in History. By Frederick Quinn. New York: Crossroad,...
The Social Teaching of Phillips Brooks
Historical Background and Recent Studies of Brooks Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835-January 23, 1893) is widely recognized to be one of the great preachers in American church history. Indeed, Sydney Ahlstrom describes Brooks and Henry Ward Beecher...
The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship
The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship. By Clare Ansberry. New York: Harcourt, 2000. 354 pp. $25.00 (cloth). The engaging and compelling literary style of the author, Clare Ansbery, immediately draws the reader into the...
Thomas Merton and the Ethical Edge of Comtemplation
Merton's Contemplative Turn Crises and turning points punctuate the life story of any person. As we call our lifetime to mind we recognize no unbroken sequence of events, but rather episodes that chart our memory with the markers of "before" and "after."...
Visions of Charity: Volunteer Workers and Moral Community
Visions of Charity: Volunteer Workers and Moral Community. By Rebecca Anne Allahyari. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. xiv + 285 pp. $45.00 (cloth); $17.95 (paper). Since spending many nights proctoring at a homeless shelter in the 1980s,...
Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud. By Robert Park. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 230 pp. $25.00 (cloth). In this informative and sometimes entertaining volume, the author's thesis is that people choose to believe in science...
Women of Vision: An Anthology of Spiritual Words from Women across the Centuries
Women of Vision: An Anthology of Spiritual Words from Women Across the Centuries. Compiled by Dorothy Stewart. Revived and expanded edition. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000. 260 pp. $17.95 (cloth). Dorothy Stewart's thoughtful compilation of women's prayers...