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. 86, No. 4, Fall

After Comprehensiveness
The concept of comprehensiveness has meant different things at different stages of Anglican history, in particular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in the nineteenth for figures like F. D. Maurice, and in the contemporary scene. In each phase...
An Examined Faith: The Grace of Self-Doubt
An Examined Faith: The Grace of Self-Doubt. By James M. Gustafson. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004. xi + 119 pp. $15.00 (paper).In the course of some fifty years at Yale Divinity School, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Emory University,...
Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain, 1830-1910
Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain, 1830-1910. By Nigel Yates. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. xiv + 455 pp. $170.00/£85.00 (cloth).Nigel Yates is a well-known scholar of the ritualist revival of the nineteenth-century Church...
An Introduction to the Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives
An Introduction to the Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives. By Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003. 372 pp. $29.00 (paper).Contending that "theology of religions is one of the most...
Anonymous Servanthood
(Gen, 24:1-27; Heb. 12:3-12)Have you ever "googled" your own name? Pardon the neologism, and the verbal use of a noun-but I think you know what I mean. Have you typed your own name into a search engine on the computer to see how many and what websites...
Beneath the Cross of Jesus: Finding the Other
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of tine world?(1 Cor. 1:20)How many of us remember Umberto Eco's novel from twenty years ago, The Name of the Rose? The book was a medieval thriller set in a fourteenth-century monastery, chronicling the visit of a...
Biblical Morality: Moral Perspectives in Old Testament Narratives
Biblical Morality: Moral Perspectives in Old Testament Narratives. By Mary E. Mills. Heythrop Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, Religion, and Theology. Aldershot, Hants, and Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2001. x + 270pp. $89.95/£50.00 (cloth); $29.95/£16.99...
Breathing Room: The Remaking of a Chapel
Breathing Room: The Remaking of a ChapelThe Chapel of Christ the Lord, Episcopal Church Center, New York CityThe Saint Johns Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota is a magnificent structure-large, bold, and powerful. Built in 1958 by Marcel Breuer,...
Can Classical Anglican Comprehensiveness Be Reconstructed?
This essay takes seriously the theme of comprehensiveness, examining the different contexts of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church of the United States. It argues that the term "comprehensiveness" has had a specific meaning as used in Britain,...
Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgment
Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgment. By Rowan Williams. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 2000. xvi + 141 pp. $16.00 (paper).If you are searching for a piece of writing by Rowan...
Coming to Terms: Exploring the Dynamics of Our Differences
By likening Anglican comprehensiveness to quilt-making, this paper explores the potential for imagining Anglican identity in terms of complex, juxtaposed, and connected patterns. It suggests that four dimensions of the present tensions in the Anglican...
Dogma and Freedom
If the creedal dogmas of the Trinity and the Incarnation are accepted as the regulative grammar of the Christian conversation, an immense space of freedom is opened up where important, but not fundamental, questions such as human sexuality can be discussed.Paradoxical...
Editor's Notes
A reference book published at the beginning of the twentieth century has this to say about "the Christian religion as expressed in the Prayer Book": "It is comprehensive. Substantial and not perfect agreement in belief and practice is required from worshippers."...
Engaging Augustine on Romans: Self, Context, and Theology in Interpretation
Engaging Augustine on Romans: Self, Context, and Theology in Interpretation. Edited by Daniel Patte and Eugene TeSelle. Romans through History and Culture Series. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2002. xii + 290 pp. $35.00 (paper).Engaging...
English Spirituality. Vol. 2: From 1700 to the Present Day
English Spirituality. Vol. 2: From 1700 to the Present Day. By Gordon Mursell. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001. x + 580 pp. $39.95 (cloth)."English spirituality has had lew, if any, more generous champions" (p. 1.03). Early in this...
FaithWeaver Bible Curriculum and Hands-On Bible Curriculum
FaithWeaver Bible Curriculum and Hands-On Bible Curriculum. Loveland, Colo.: Group Publishing, Inc. See www.grouppublishing.com.These two church school curricula are among the best materials I have ever encountered. They are theologically sound, developmentally...
Feminist Theology
Feminist Theology. By Natalie Watson. Guides to Theology Series. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003. x + 110 pp. $ 15.00 (paper).This small volume is intended and mostly useful for a general audience, as well as beginning...
God's Order and Natural Law: The Works of the Laudian Divines
God's Order and Natural Law: The Works of the Laudian Divines. By Iain M. MacKenzie. Aldershot, Hants. And Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing, 2002. x + 197 pp. $84.95/£47.50 (cloth); $29.95/£16.99 (paper).Iain MacKenzie, residentiary Canon of Worcester...
Honest to God
Honest to God. By John A. T. Robinson. With essays by Douglas John Hall and Rowan Williams. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. 183 pp. $19.95 (paper).Perhaps others in our diet-obsessed, exercise-driven age, where Palm Pilots seem to...
Last Signal to the Carpathia
The address seeks to anchor in theology the traditionalist response to the actions of the 2003 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. It also makes a plea to the "winners" of that Convention. The traditional response, so anchored, faults the high...
Lyra's Oxford/His Dark Materials: Book One, the Golden Compass (1995); Book Two, the Subtle Knife (1997); Book Three, the Amber Spyglass (2000)
Lyra's Oxford. By Philip Pullman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 49 pp. $10.95 (cloth).His Dark Materials: Book One, The Golden Compass (1995); Book Two, The Subtle Knife (1997); Book Three, The Amber Spyglass (2000). By Philip Pullman. Boxed set:...
Participating in God: Creation and Trinity
Participating in God: Creation and Trinity. By Samuel M. Powell. Theology and the Sciences Series. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2003. xiv + 238 pp. $18.00 (paper).Powell, professor of philosophy and religion at Point Loma Nazarene University,...
Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender
Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender. By Sarah Coakley. Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series. Oxford and Maiden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2002. xx + 172 pp. $70.95/£50.00 (cloth); $30.95/£16.99 (paper).The essays collected in Powers...
Protestantism in America/That Old-Time Religion in Modern America: Evangelical Protestantism in the Twentieth Century
Protestantism in America. By Randall Balmer and Lauren F. Winner. The Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. xiii + 295 pp. $36.50 (cloth).That Old-Time Religion in Modern America: Evangelical Protestantism...
Reading Scripture-And Rereading It
Some hold that the current conflicts among Anglicans center on the question of whether Scripture is authoritative for us. This paper argues that the real question is how we read it. Classic Anglicanism evolved in conflict not only with medieval Catholicism,...
Renewing Confessional Anglicanism?
Confession is the foundation for restructuring Anglican comprehensiveness. The need to confess cuts across boundaries, and it speaks directly to the reality of human finitude. The community of the Episcopal Church in the twenty-first century needs desperately...
Secularisation
Secularisation. By Edward Norman. New Century Theology Series. London and New York: Continuum, 2002. xiv + 159 pp. $24.95 (paper).In the last thirty years, a number of notable books concerning the topic of the increasingly secular face of European and...
The Apocryphal Life of Adam and Eve: Recent Scholarly Work
The Apocryphal Life of Adam and Eve: Recent Scholarly WorkThe story of Adam and Eve, as we encounter it in Genesis 2-5, presents us with many of the great dramatic themes of the human condition: conjugal love, fratricidal hate, crime and punishment,...
The Formation of Godly Community: Old Testament Hermeneutics in the Presence of the Other
Reading Scripture together has always been a formative practice for Christian communities. In times of acute hermeneutical crisis, it is imperative that we continue to read in the presence of the Other, that is, in conversation with those whose perspectives...
The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth
The Gospel according to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth. By Ralph C. Woods. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003. xi + 169 pp. $14.95 (paper).Since its first appearance as a trilogy in 1954-1955, Tolkien's The Lord of the...
The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version
The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version. New York: American Bible Society, 2000. x + 2,393 pp. $49.99 (cloth); $34.99 (flexicover); $24.95 (CD-ROM).The Learning Bible follows in the path of other recent user-friendly editions of the Bible. These...
Theologies in the Old Testament
Theologies in the Old Testament. By Erhard S. Gerstenberger. Translated by John Bowden. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2002. x+ 358 pp. $30.00 (cloth).This work represents a significant contribution to the enterprise of Christian biblical theology....
Theopolitical Imagination: Christian Practices of Space and Time
Theopolitical Imagination: Christian Practices of Space and Time. By William T. Cavanaugh. Edinburgh and New York: T & T Clark, 2002. 126 pp. $70.00 (cloth); $22.95 (paper).In order to imagine a politics that is determined by the eucharist and is...
Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of the Saints/Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary/Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate/Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions
Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of the Saints. By Elizabeth A. Johnson. New York: Continuum, 2003. xvii + 379 pp. $26.95 (cloth).Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary. Edited by Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Cynthia L. Kigby....
What Is Gnosticism?
What is Gnosticism? By Karen L. King. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003. xii + 343 pp. $29.95 (cloth).Caveat emptor would be my advice to a buyer or reader expecting an easy introductory text to a topic that has received recent publicity....
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