Magazine article Anglican Journal

Book Chronicles Anglican Identity

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Book Chronicles Anglican Identity

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From a Long Perspective With historical context and commentary by Rev. Canon K.D. Murray

ABC Publishing, 2007 160 pages; $24.95 ISBN 13:978-1-55126-495-0

LIKE YOUNG, people on a quest to "find themselves," Anglicans have long been searching for those things that set them apart from other Christians. Three years ago a working group of the General Synod's standing committee on faith, worship and ministry said that a useful contribution to the nurturing of the Canadian Anglican community in Anglican identity would be to gather into one volume the foundational documents of our church.

Canon Kim Murray accepted the task of producing such a volume. From a Long Perspective is the result. In consists of three parts--Foundational Documents, Ecumenical Covenants, and Other Significant Agreements. The book includes texts both ancient and modern--as old as the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) and as new as the Ecumenical Vision Statement adopted by the General Synod in 2004. Several of the foundational documents such as the Athanasian Creed, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Catechism, although found in the 1962 Book of Common Prayer, were omitted from the Book of Alternative Services and may be unknown by a generation raised only on the BAS. And, for those not yet familiar with the BAS, Mr. Murray has included the introduction to that book.

Among the ecumenical covenants is the Waterloo Declaration, the basis of our full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. …

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