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. 86, No. 1, March

A Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God
A Passion For Life: Fragments of the Face of God. Devotional Edition. Byjoan Chittister and Robert Lentz. (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2013, Pp. 224. $24.00); The Way of the Cross: The Path to New Life. Byjoan Chittister and Janet McKenzie. (Maryknoll,...
Boundless Grandeur, the Christian Vision of A.M. "Donald" Allchin
Boundless Grandeur, The Christian Vision of A.M. "Donald" Allchin, edited by David G. R. Keller, Forward by Rowan Williams, Introduction by Kallistos Ware. (James Clarke & Co., Cambridge, U.K.: 2015, Pp. 203. $35.00.)Donald Allchin (1930-2010), is...
Church for Every Context: An Introduction to Theology and Practice
Church for Every Context: An Introduction to Theology and Practice. By Michael Moynagh with Philip Harrold. London: SCM Press, 2012, Pp. xxi, 490. $45.00, paper.)Since its emergence in the early years of the twenty-first century, the "Fresh Expressions...
Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources
Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources. 2nd edition. By James E. Bradley and Richard A. Muller. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2016, Pp. 293. $30.00.)In this expanded and updated edition, the authors again put scholars...
Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul
Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul. By Simon Gathercole. Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015, Pp. 128. $19.99, paper.)Simon Gathercole's Defending Substitution is surprisingly short, more a thick...
Down from the Balcony: African Americans and Episcopal Congregations in Washington County, Maryland, 1800-1864 1
On Christmas Day, 1849, a few months after the consecration of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in rural western Maryland, the first wedding was held in the new sanctuary. The couple married were Malinda and Jeremiah [ames, both slaves. The Jameses had no...
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. By Eric Foner. (New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 2015, Pp. 233. $26.95.)Having just finished reading Eric Foner's magisterial history of the Reconstruction Era (Reconstruction: America's...
Governing by Virtue: Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabethan England
Governing by Virtue: Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabethan England. By Norman Jones. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, Pp. 256. $99.00, doth.)If one is looking for a fascinating, well-organized, and highly readable description of how...
Historians Debate the Rise of the West
Historians Debate the Rise of the West. By Jonathan Daly. (New York: Routledge, 2015, Pp. 190. $44.95, paper.)In Historians Debate the Rise of the West, historian Jonathan Daly systematically accomplishes his goal of presenting the research and analysis...
Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding/Founding Sins: How a Group of Antislavery Radicals Fought to Put Christ into the Constitution/Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic
Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding By Steven K. Green. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xi, 295. $29.95); Founding Sins: How a Group of Antislavery Radicals Fought to Put Christ Into the Constitution. By Joseph...
Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians
Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. By Oliver D. Crisp. (Grand Rapids: William. B. Eerdmans, 2015, Pp. xx, 198. $25.00, paper.)Someone once said that of the making of books about Jonathan Edwards there is no end. So it seems, particularly since in...
Liturgists' Liturgies: Worship at the North American Academy of Liturgy
The North American Academy of Liturgy comprises some four hundred scholars, musicians, architects, graduate students, and clergy from various Christian and Jewish traditions. Founded in 1973, the academy is also open to practitioners from other religions,...
Press on, the Kingdom: The Life of Charles Chapman Grafton
Eldridge H. Pendleton, S.S.J.E. Press On, the Kingdom: The Life of Charles Chapman Grafton. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Society of St. John the Evangelist, 2014, Pp. 195. N.p.)This is the first modern biography of Charles Chapman Grafton (1830-1912),...
Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences. By Valerie Raleigh Yow. 3rd edition. (Lanhan, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, Pp. xx, 425. $39.00.)Rarely during the lifetime of an author is a book deemed a "classic"...
Sacred Signs in Reformation Scotland: Interpreting Worship, 1488-1590
Sacred Signs in Reformation Scotland: Interpreting Worship, 1488-1590. By Stephen Mark Holmes. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, Pp xv, 240. $110.00.)Sometimes it can be difficult to read the writing on the wall; especially for long-past theological...
Society Announcements
Last November 17 saw the passing of the Rt. Rev. Harry Woolston Shipps at the age of 90. Sometime bishop of Georgia, he was also a prolific writer of Church Reviews for this journal. Over the course of more than a quarter-century, he published a total...
Teaching Global Theologies, Power & Praxis
Teaching Global Theologies, Power & Praxis, Editors Kwok Pui-lan, Cecelia González-Andrieu, Dwight N. Hopkins, (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2015, Pp. 216. $34.95.)Kwok Pui-lan is perhaps the Episcopal Church's leading figure teaching and...
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. By Fleming Rutledge. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2015, Pp. xxx, 669. $45.00.)Fleming Rutledge is recognized as one of the Episcopal Church's outstanding preachers. Her published sermons...
The Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth
The Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth. By Thomas C. Ferguson. Church's Teachings for a Changing World: Volume 2. (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015, Pp. vii, 104. $14.00.)If one were to judge a book by its cover, or in this case its size, one could...
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams. Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, Pp 645. $35.00.)The Inklings officially started in 1932...
The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth Century Migrations to America
The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth Century Migrations to America. By Rankin Sherling. (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016, Pp. xv, 350. $110, cloth; $34.95, paper.)As Rankin Sherling notes at the outset of The Invisible...
The Practical Prophet: Bishop Ronald O. Hall of Hong Kong and His Legacies
The Practical Prophet: Bishop Ronald O. Hall of Hong Kong and His Legacies. By Moira M. W. Chan-Yeung. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2015, P. xx, 247. $55.00.)Moira Chan-Yeung has told the story of Bishop Ronald O. Hall in a highly readable...
The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry and Investigation
The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry and Investigation. By Anna Bryson and Seán McConville assisted by Mairead McClean. (Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, 2014, Pp. vi, 159. $36.95, paper.)I like the way this book begins, with...
"The Secret Exercises of the Closet": Privacy and Power in North Carolina's Antebellum Episcopal Diocese
In 1826, the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina visited St. James Church in Wilmington where Adam Empie served as the pastor. There, the bishop discovered just how beloved Empie was. From his conversations with St. James' parishioners the bishop...
The Secret Within: Hermits, Reclusives, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England
The Secret Within: Hermits, Reclusives, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England. By Wolfgang Riehle. Trans. Charity Scott-Stokes. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014, Pp. xviii, 427. $35.00.)Scholars of English medieval mysticism and the more...
Transcendence and Stark Reality: Evensong, Thrice in One Week
At these first two venues-both in Manhattan-Evensong is typically sung four times a week, except in summertime. Firstly, this classic Anglican service is offered on Sundays at 4, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 at St. Thomas Church...
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