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. 85, No. 3, Summer

A Biblical Theology of Exile
A Biblical Theology of Exile. By Daniel L. Smith-Christopher. Overtures to Biblical Theology Series. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002. xiv + 209 pp. $20.00 (paper).In extremely accessible prose, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher (S-C) provides a very readable and...
A History of the English Parish: The Culture of Religion from Augustine to Victoria
A History of the English Parish: The Culture of Religion from Augustine to Victoria. By Norman J. G. Pounds. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000. xxvi + 593 pp. $95.00 (cloth).To attempt to write a history of the English parish is...
An Evangelical Episcopalian Looks at Pluralism
Attending the Transformation Summer School of ECONI (Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland) at Antrim in July 2002, I learned a few things about Irish Protestantism that relate to our chief American export: the idea of cultural pluralism. The...
Anglican Diversity: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century
Anglican Diversity: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century. By Patricia Bays' Toronto: ABC Publishing, 2001. 128 pp. CDN $14.95 (paper).When I remarked to a friend that I was reading Patricia Bays's latest contribution to the literature of Anglicanism,...
Anglicans and Communion: Six Propositions and an Invitation to Participate in the Communion Study
The Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal CommissionWhen David Hamid (now assistant bishop in Europe) was director of Ecumenical Affairs for the Anglican Communion, he noted the peculiar anomaly of his position. Whereas it might conventionally appear...
Arius: Heresy and Tradition
Arius: Heresy and Tradition. By Rowan Williams. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 2001. xiii + 378 pp. $24.00 (paper).Archbishop Rowan Williams's 1987 book, Arius, made an important contribution to the scholarly reconsideration of the...
A Treasury of Anglican Art
A Treasury of Anglican Art. By James B. Simpson and George H. Eatman. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2002. 224 pp. $50.00 (cloth).This could have been a splendid book.The idea behind it is excellent: to sample the wealth of artistry...
Boldness and Reserve: A Lesson from St. Augustine
There is a passage from one of Augustine's less frequented texts which has achieved considerable infamy. Whenever critics gather to discuss examples of patristic eisegesis, of allegorical interpretation run wild, someone will turn to Augustine's reading...
Borders, Boundaries, and the Bible
Borders, Boundaries, and the Bible. Edited by Martin O'Kane. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Supplement Series 313. London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002. xii + 358 pp. $125.00 (cloth).The shift in biblical scholarship away...
Canonical Hours
Beyond the windows of her nursing homethe clouds process still, the world is green again,that much she can make out at ninety-two.But varieties of trees, the maple and the birch,the oak, to her eyes they are one shade, darkening,even though she knew...
Can the Traditional View of Hell Be Defended? an Evaluation of Some Arguments for Eternal Punishment
Though the doctrine of hell is one of the tenets of traditional Christian belief, at present it does not seem to enjoy much popularity among believers. One rarely hears the doctrine explicitly addressed in a Christian church these days, and if hell is...
Christianity: A Global History
Christianity: A Global History. By David Chidester. San Francisco: HarperSanFrandsco, 2000. x + 627 pp. $32.00 (cloth); $21.00 (paper).As the title advertises, this book is an ambitious undertaking. David Chidester, a professor of comparative religion...
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation. By Tertyl N. Kinder. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans; Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publications, 2002. 407pp. $ 70.00 (cloth).Thirty-five years ago I stumbled by accident on the Cistercian Abbey...
Editor's Notes
Theology, it has been said, is a "field-encompassing discipline," meaning roughly that theological thinking arises in the convergence and interaction of various, sometimes seemingly disparate, methods and materials. An older way of putting the point...
Five Women of the English Reformation
Five Women of the English Reformation. By Paul F. M. Zahl. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001. viii + 120pp. $18.00 (cloth).This is not a scholarly book, nor a contribution to the field of women's studies, nor a disciplined...
From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World
From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World. By Dennis E. Smith. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003. xi + 411 pp. $25.00 (paper).This book represents the culmination of a lifetime's work for Smith, including a Harvard dissertation...
God: A Guide for the Perplexed
God: A Guide for the Perplexed. By Keith Ward. Oxford: Oneworld, 2002. vii + 264 pp. $24.95 (cloth).The trouble with God these days, according to Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, is not that God's existence has become...
In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges
In Defence of Religious Schools and Colleges. By Elmer John Thiessen. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2001. viii + 368 pp. CDN and US $75.00 (cloth); CDN $27.95 (paper); US $22.95 (paper).Thiessen's general purpose is a philosophical...
In Times of War and Rumors of War
The Central Question of Christian FaithWhen Christians struggle with deciding what to do, their first question should be, "How is God acting upon us?" Christians should ask this question because faith in God makes the claim that God is at the center...
John Wesley and the Netherlands
John Wesley and the Netherlands. By Johannes van den Berg and W. Stephen Gunter. Nashville, Tenn.: Kingswood Books (Abingdon), 2002. 144pp. $24.65 (cloth).Why would John Wesley, a self-declared Anglican "Arminian," choose to visit the heartland of Calvinist...
Keeping Silence: Christian Practices for Entering Stillness
Keeping Silence: Christian Practices for Entering Stillness. By C. W. McPherson. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2002. 112 pp. $12.95 (paper).C. W. McPherson is a parish priest who has found, through his own experience of working both with individuals...
Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement
Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement. By Rowan Williams. London: Morehouse Publishing, 2000 (reprinted 2002). x + 190 pp. $15.95 (paper).Lost Icons is a sobering inquiry into the structures that support (or fail to support) the development...
Men and Their Religion: Honor, Hope, and Humor
Men and Their Religion: Honor, Hope, and Humor. By Donald Capps. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2002. xix + 204 pp. $17.00 (paper)."The wife, she does religion for both of us." Years of pastoral ministry and conversations with men in various...
New Testament Studies
I like to think of New Testament studies as an enterprise that focuses initially on the first century in its Jewish and Greco-Roman aspects but then moves, quite naturally, through the historical experience of the church and into our own time. While...
Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons
Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. Edited by Cleophus J. LaRue, Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. viii + 191 pp. $22.95 (paper).Power in the Pulpit is a necessary resource for the...
Preaching Is Believing: The Sermon as Theological Reflection
Preaching Is Believing: The Sermon as Theological Reflection. By Ronald J. Allen. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. 162pp. $14.95 (paper).Persuaded that theological convictions and methods should be more explicit in preaching, Ronald...
Reading Isaiah: Poetry and Vision
Reading Isaiah: Poetry and Vision. By Peter D. Quinn-Miscall. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2001. vii + 224 pp. $20.95 (paper).Quinn-Miscall (Q-M) intends to provide an alternative to the conventional way of reading the book of Isaiah. Biblical...
Readings at the Intersection of Culture and Faith: Consumerism and Christian Community
Books DiscussedInfluence: The Psychology of Persuasion. By Robert B. Cialdini. Revised Edition. New York: Morrow/HarperCollins, 1993. xvi + 320 pp. $15.00 (paper).Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. By John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor....
Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory, and Identity
Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory, and Identity. By Philip Sheldrake. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. 214 pp. $16.95 (paper).It only takes 171 pages for the English theologian Philip Sheldrake to present a grand sweep of...
The Feast of the World's Redemption: Eucharistic Origins and Christian Mission
The Feast of the World's Redemption: Eucharistic Origins and Christian Mission. By John Koenig. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2000. xvii + 301 pp. $25.00 (paper).Historical fact and theological meaning are intertwined in this examination...
The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760
The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760. By Colin Podmore. Oxford Historical Monographs. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. xv + 332 pp. $85.00 (cloth).This precise and groundbreaking study will be of interest to readers of this journal as much for what...
The Nonviolent Atonement
The Nonviolent Atonement. By J. Denny Weaver. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001. xiii + 246 pp. $22.00 (paper).The church's understanding of the saving power of Christ's death has been on a thousand year detour, whose...
The Peaceable Kingdom: Animals as Parables in the Virtues of Saint Macarius
Little animals from cartoons, talking rabbits, doggies, squirrels, as well as ladybugs, bees, grasshoppers. They have as much in common with real animals as our notions of the world have with the real world. Think of this, and tremble.Czeslaw Milosz,...
The Poverty of Preaching in the Episcopal Church
I believe that preaching in the Episcopal Church is generally poor By that I mean simply that there is a general failure to preach the gospel of the good news of God in Christ. A former dean of King's College, Cambridge, put it this way in commenting...
The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism?
The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism? By Gavin Hyman. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001. x + 198 pp. $24.95 (paper).This work, which began as a thesis directed by Graham Ward, is a considerable...
The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts
The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts. By C. Clifton Black. St. Louis, Mo.: Chalice, 2001. xvii + 224 pp. $26.99 (paper).This is an erudite and elegantly written collection of essays which brings together several of...
The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village. By Eamon Duffy. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. xv + 232 pp. $22.50 (cloth).The Voices of Morebath is micro-micro history. It is not only the history of one tiny...
The Wild and the Sacred
A thundering rhythm echoes across the damp field, into the trees and back toward us, through us. The drummers have taken the stage. The mosh pit is starting to heat up. "Feel the pulse," one of the drummers cries out. "It's the pulse of the forest, the...

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