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. 98, No. 2, Spring

Advancing Practical Theology: Critical Discipleship for Disturbing Times
Advancing Practical Theology: Critical Discipleship for Disturbing Times. By Eric Stoddart. London: SCM Press, 2014. xv + 159 pp. $40.00 (paper).It is Socrates who is purported to have said, nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, "The unexamined life...
A Passion for Intercessory Prayer: The Historic Vocation of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
In March of 2014 over 150 women gathered to participate in a conference titled "Anglican Women at Prayer: Weaving Our Bonds of Affection." A central planner and key sponsor for this event was a little known yet historic organization for women: the Society...
A Political History of the Bible in America
A Political History of the Bible in America. By Paul D. Hanson. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015. 694 pp. $50.00 (paper).As the title suggests, Paul D. Hanson sets out to accomplish an ambitious task in offering a political history...
Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality
Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality. By H. Paul Santmire. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2014. xxvii + 253 pp. $39.00 (paper).When the environmental movement burst on the scene in the late 1960s, Paul Santmire wrote a pioneering work on ecological...
Before the Shape-Note Sing
Here is where water becomes air,the small reservoirs of our bodies exhalestreams of sound, a waterfall of droneand shout, except this waterfall goes up-up into the deep blue cup of the dome,past the classical columns, the three-tieredchandelier, crashing...
Blessing
Blessing. By Andrew Davison. Faith Going Deeper. London: Canterbury Press, 2014. vi + 217 pp. $19.99 (paper).During a recent church service that included the recitation of the renewal of the baptismal vows, a bishop proceeded down the center aisle with...
Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology/Health as a Virtue: Thomas Aquinas and the Practice of Habits of Health
Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology. Edited by Nancy E. Snow. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. xii + 349 pp. $105.00 (cloth); $36.95 (paper).Health as a Virtue: Thomas Aquinas and the Practice of Habits...
Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures
Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures. By Paul J. Griffiths. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2014. xi + 396 pp. $69.95 (cloth).This is a remarkable book. In the clarity and care of its argumentation it is a model of theological method. While...
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age. By Jonathan Grant. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Brazos Press, 2015. 256 pp. $17.99 (paper).In Divine Sex, Jonathan Grant (rector of St. Paul's Symonds Street, in Auckland,...
Editors' Notes
At a meeting of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa in the 1980s, those present were discussing the situation of activists who were currently imprisoned in government jails. At the meeting, an elderly woman asked for the names of those imprisoned,...
Essential Music
The flame-colored flowers you gave me yesterdaystill burst upward from their glass;and hanging down, as if to allow each petalflaring room, are curly tongues of leavesthat graze a turtle lamp with stubby feetjust so. The turtle's head stretches outas...
Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy
Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy. By Melanie C. Ross. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing, 2014. 148 pp. $17.00 (paper).For Christians at a historic inflection point, any attempt to mitigate division between "evangelical" and "liturgical"...
Eyes Have I That See: Selected Poems
Eyes Have I That See: Selected Poems. By John Julian ojn. Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2015. 96 pp. $18.00 (paper).Several poets, such as Rainer Maria Rilke and William Carlos Wilhams, looking back at the end of their Uves, have regretted rushing...
Father Tim's Church Survival Guide
Father Tim's Church Survival Guide. By Tim Schenck. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015. vii + 168 pp. $14.00 (paper).Given continuing reports in the United States on declining Christian affiliation, especially for mainline Protestants (the latest Pew...
Forged: Writing in the Name of God-Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
Forged: Writing in the Name of God-Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. By Bart D. Ehrman. New York: HarperOne, 2011. 307 pp. $15.99 (paper).Bart Ehrman's book on biblical authorship is not titled Pseudonymous Writings in the New Testament,...
Fountain
How to wash Creation clean? OnceGod sucked up the great waters fromthe deeps. Only the righteous floated,arriving safely on dry ground. Their reward:a rainbow made of water and light.Sprinkling simulates drowning, a little death.I remember my own baptism...
From Dis-Bodied Discipleship to Embodied Relationality: Experiential Formation in the Life of Prayer
The Context"Can you put me onto a website with daily thoughts for the day? I want to be able to reflect and begin with a prayer while I'm travelling." This question, recently asked of me by a parishioner about to leave for an extended trip overseas,...
Is There Theology in the Hebrew Bible?
Is There Theology in the Hebrew Bible? By Konrad Schmid. Translated by Peter Altmann. Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Volume 4. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2015. vii + 155 pp. $29.95 (paper).The concept of "theology" in the Hebrew Bible is...
Kaleidoscope: E M. Dostoevsky and Early Dialectical Theology
Kaleidoscope: E M. Dostoevsky and Early Dialectical Theology. By Katya Tolstaya. Brill's Series in Church History, Volume 61. Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2013. 370 pp. $146.00 (cloth).Katya Tolstayas Kaleidoscope attempts to trace the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky's...
Mothering Souls: A Vocation of Intercession
"Do you want to meet our fearless leader?" It was my second or third visit to St. Marys Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and a parishioner was introducing me to people in the parish hall. I answered affirmatively, thinking my host would lead me...
Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert
Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert. By John Drury. Chicago, 111.: University of Chicago Press, 2014. xix + 396 pp. $35.00 (cloth).Late in this splendid literary biography, John Drury writes that "Herbert's achievement of candour...
My Church Is NOT Dying: Episcopalians in the 21st Century
My Church is NOT Dying: Episcopalians in the 21st Century. By Greg Garrett. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015. xiii + 143 pp. $16.00 (paper).Greg Garrett has written a love-song to the Episcopal Church. He fell in love when, in his words, he was a...
Prayer as the "Lifeline of Theology"
Canon Professors?For a number of years, I was a canon professor of theology at Oxford. My job was two-sided: on the one hand, it carried the duties of academic research and teaching; on the other, it included the responsibilities of a residentiary canon...
Preface
Why hold a conference on Anglican women at prayer? What was the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross hoping to demonstrate by bringing Anglican women together to live a shared experience of praying with each other? We knew that women praying together,...
Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness. By Richard B. Hays. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2014. xxii + 155 pp. $34.95 (cloth).Richard B. Hays has always maintained a distinctive theological voice, even within his...
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists. By Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing, 2013. xiv + 133 pp. $14.00 (paper).Every preacher-lay and ordained-should...
Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church: A Study of the Episcopal Church/Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships
Sex, Moral Teaching, and the Unity of the Church: A Study of the Episcopal Church. By Timothy F. Sedgwick. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2014. v + 86 pp. $14.00 (paper).Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships. By Robert Song....
Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church
Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church. By Savitri Hensman. London: Ekklesia, 2015. xv + 255 pp. $19.99 (paper).At this point in the life of the Anglican Communion, it might well be thought that all that could be said on the...
Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War
Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War. By Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 2012. xxvii + 144 pp. $16.00 (paper).Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini have written a difficult book to read. Its...
Teach Us How to Pray: A Review of New Books by Episcopal Women
Teach Us How to Pray: A Review of New Books by Episcopal WomenWearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God. By Lauren F. Winner. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015. 286 pp. $24.99 (cloth).A Lot of the Way Trees...
The Divine Call to Be Myself: Anglican Transgender Women and Prayer
I prayed frequently to have this desire taken away or to wake up as a girl, but each morning I'd wake up and nothing would have changed. - HopeThese are the words of an English Anglican transgender (often shortened to "trans") woman talking about her...
The Making of Modern English Theology: God and the Academy at Oxford, 1833-1945
The Making of Modern English Theology: God and the Academy at Oxford, 1833-1945. By Daniel Inman. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2014. xii + 334 pp. $34.00 (paper).Of the many High Church Anglicans associated with the University of Oxford during...
Theological Reflection across Religious Traditions: The Turn to Reflective Believing
Theological Reflection across Religious Traditions: The Turn to Reflective Believing. By Edward Foley. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. xvii + 159 pp. $32.00 (paper).Edward Foleys book represents an initial response to what he perceives to...
The Sacred Thread Weaving Our Bonds of Affection
The imagery of weaving as a metaphor for prayer is warmly inviting because it holds within it a wealth of beauty and a depth of significance for so many women around the world. Weaving speaks of diversity and unity. Weaving speaks of creativity and community....
The Suspended Middle: Henri De Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology
The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology. By John Milbank. Second edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing, 2014. xiii + 120 pp. $25.00 (paper).In this second edition of The Suspended Middle, not...
The Visual Image as a Means of Prayer
Silence. Light sifting through the curtain filters across the young woman's face, revealing head and eyes lifted, lips barely parted. Artist Shin-hee Chin's image-woven and stitched from threads and recycled fabric-conveys the mystery, the inner movement,...
"We Pray for the Death of 'God'": Southern African Women in Prayer
IntroductionIn South Africa foreigners (North Africans) are being ambushed, burnt, or beaten to death in xenophobic attacks that have been sporadic but widespread. The media carry gruesome stories of displaced women and children who originally come from...
Will You Pray?
I believe everyone knows what prayers are, but I also believe not everyone "practices" praying, especially leading prayers in public. "Will you pray?" Yes, we pray in churches; we say amen to collects and prayers offered, but when it comes to inviting...
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