Anglican and Episcopal History

Published quarterly by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, Anglican and Episcopal History contains book reviews, society announcements, church reviews, and feature articles.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 1, March

A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia
A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. By Lauren F. Winner. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010, Pp. ix, 272. $45.00.)Lauren F. Winner, already well known as a Christian...
And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr
And One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr. By Araminta Stone Johnson. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011, Pp. xviii, 287. $40.00.)Duncan Gray Jr. served as priest and then bishop of the diocese of Mississippi in interesting...
Anglicanism Reimagined: An Honest Church?
Anglicanism Reimagined: An Honest Church? By Andrew Shanks (London: SPCK, 2010, Pp. vii, 114. $21.99, paper.)The vision, message and hope that Andrew Shanks has in Anglicanism Reimagined is a timely one for all the churches of the Anglican Communion....
An Old Tradition Revived: Worship in Prayer Hall after a Fire
On 22 October 2010, tragedy struck Virginia Theological Seminary. At approximately 3:55 p.m., members of the community noticed smoke coming from the chapel. They rushed onto the Grove, an area at the center of the campus, to see yellow-gray tendrils...
Black Battle, White Knight: The Authorized Biography of Malcolm Boyd
Black Battle, White Knight: The Authorized Biography of Malcolm Boyd By Michael Battle. (New York: Church Publishing [Seabury], 2011, Pp. 239. $30.00.)This unusual biography is a collaboration between its subject, the iconic Malcolm Boyd, and the author,...
Calvin and the English Episcopate, 1580-1610
When congregations in Geneva regulated and formalized their faith in the Geneva Confession of 1536, they stated their opposition to episcopal government.1 Confessional statements indebted to Calvin's writings and sometimes to his direct participation...
Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Approaches
Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Approaches. By Louise Nelstrop with Kevin Magill and Bradley B. Onishi. (Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009, Pp. x, 277. $29.95.)Students entering into the world of scholarship on...
Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England: Discourses, Sites and Identities
Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England: Discourses, Sites and Identities. By Jonathan Willis. (Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010, Pp. xi, 294. $99.95.)As Jonathan Willis proudly proclaims in his introduction, Church Music and...
Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment
Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment. By Bruce N. Kaye. (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2009, Pp. x, 181. $22.00, paper.)Bruce N. Kaye's Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment is an admirable...
Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose
Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose. Edited by W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes. (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2010, Pp. xxix, 360. $49.95.)William Porcher DuBose (1836-1918) may...
Florence Nightingale at First Hand
Florence Nightingale at First Hand. By Lynn McDonald. (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010, Pp. xv, 197. CN $24.95); Florence Nightingale's Suggestions for Thought, Volume 11 of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingak. Edited...
Iure Divino? Four Views on the Authority of the Episcopacy in Richard Hooker
INTRODUCTIONRichard Hooker believed that no structure of church governance was immutable, although certain forms were better than otiiers. In particular, the episcopacy, if not divinely ordained, existed at least by divine approbation. The precise question...
James II and the Trial of the Seven Bishops
James II and the Trial of the Seven Bishops. By William Gibson. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, Pp. x, 251. $85.00.)Reading of the publication of James II and the Trial of the Seven Bishops there must have been some who wondered if a new book on the...
Law and Religion in Chaucer's England
Henry Ansgar Kelly, Law and Religion in Chaucer's England. Variorum Collected Studies Series. Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010, Pp. xiv, 400. $165.00.)The essays that comprise this collection, which is the second volume of Kelly's...
Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories
Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories. By G. Elijah Dann. (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009, Pp. xii, 226. CN $29.95, paper.)In this assemblage of often quite revealing autobiographical stories, fifteen authors tell of their...
Living Legacy: A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland
Living Legacy: A History of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. Edited by Allan K Davidson. (Auckland, New Zealand: Anglican Diocese of Auckland, 2011, Pp. 432. NZ $60.00.)This history of the diocese of Auckland is worth reading by a wide range of Anglicans,...
Lost Churches of Mississippi
Lost Churches of Mississippi. By Richard P. Cawdion. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010, Pp. xiii, 240. $35.00.)Richard J. Cawthon, sometime chief architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, has assembled...
Mission-Shaped Questions
Mission-shaped Questions. Edited by Steven Croft. (New York: Seabury Books, 2008, Pp. xi, 228. $22.00.); Mission-shaped Spirituality. By Susan Hope. (New York: Seabury Books, 2010, Pp. xiii, 125. $18.00.)It began back in 2004 with the publication of...
More Neckties Than Socks: St. John's Chapel Harbor Springs, Michigan: Sunday, 10 July 2011
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Harbor Springs, Michigan, is a community of just 1,567 souls; in summer, however, the population in the surrounding area swells to 20,000 or more. Founded in 1691 by Jesuits who came to work with the indigenous...
Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains: A Memoir
Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains: A Memoir. By Hisanori Kano. Translated by Rose Yamamoto. (Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2010, Pp. 203. $34.95.)Internment camp survivor Hisanori Kano writes from a unique perspective. He offers a firsthand...
Samuel Johnson of Stratford in New England, 1696-1772
Samuel Johnson of Stratford in New England, 1696-1772. By Don R. Gerlach with George E. DeMiIIe. (Athens, Georgia: Anglican Parishes Association Publications, 2010, Pp. x, 302. $25.00.)In this readable biographical study, Don Gerlach of the University...
Scenes from a Parish
Scenes from a Parish. A film by James Rutenbeck. (TransitMedia, DVD 89 min., 2009. $24.95, home use.)This is one of those exceptional documentary films that has almost everything to recommend it. Although the excitement at the heart of the film is generated...
Shaping the Church. the Promise of Implicit Theology
Shaping the Church. The Promise of Implicit Theology. By Martyn Percy. (Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010, Pp. 193. $34.95, paper.)Shaping the Church is a veritable treasure store for students of congregational stuthes, practical theology, and...
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - and How They Can Be Restored
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored. By Marcus J. Borg. (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011, Pp. viii, 248. $25.99.)From the first page, scholar and teacher Marcus Borg engages...
The Best of Both Worlds: William Porcher DuBose among Liberals and Conservatives
Something happened in American Christianity around 1900. In the decades before and after 1900, the contested theological issues of the nineteenth century gave way to a new set of oppositions between "liberals" or "modernists" and self-styled conservative...
The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularization 1800-2000
The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularization 1800-2000. Second Edition. By Callum G. Brown. (New York: Roudedge, 2009, Pp. xiv, 304. $35.95, paper.)The first edition of Brown's groundbreaking book, published in 2001, concluded with the...
The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America
The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America. Edited by Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, Pp. 401. $45.00.)Contending that religion was America's first prejudice,...
The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies
The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies. Edited by William J. Abraham and James E. Kirby. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, Pp. xvii, 761. $150.)Antonio Romano discusses in his work The Charism of the Founders (1994), his view that new Christian...
The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation
The Westminster Handbook to Theologies of the Reformation. Edited by R. Ward Holder. (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, Pp. xxi, 218. $22.80.)The newest addition to the series of Westminster Handbooks of Christian Theology augments...
Wording a Radiance: Parting Conversations on God and the Church
Wording a Radiance: Parting Conversations on God and the Church. By Daniel W. Hardy, with Deborah Hardy Ford, Peter Ochs, and David F. Ford. (London: SCM Press, 2010, Pp. 170. GBP $19.99.)Daniel W. Hardy was a liminal figure who moved between the United...
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