The Vocation of Anglicanism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-08-11
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Paul Avis charts a pathway of theological integrity through the serious challenges facing the Anglican Communion in the first quarter of the twentieth century. He asks whether there is a special calling for Anglicanism as an expression of the Christian Church and expounds the Anglican theological tradition to shed light on current controversies. He argues in conclusion that Anglicanism is called, like all the churches, to reflect the nature of the Church that we confess in the Creed to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

The book provides a clear view of the way that the Anglican tradition holds together aspects of the church that in other traditions are sometimes allowed to drift apart, as the Anglican understanding of the Church reveals itself to be catholic and reformed, episcopal and synodical, universal and local, biblical and reasonable, traditional and open to fresh insight. Avis combines accessible scholarly analysis with constructive arguments that will bring fresh hope and vision to Anglicans around the world.

Author Biography

Paul Avis is Chaplain to HM the Queen, and has served as General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity (1998-2011). He is an honorary Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology.

Table of Contents

Analytical Contents

Part I: The Vocation of Anglicanism

1. The Vocation of Anglicanism
2. The Unusual Ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion
3. The Anglican Communion as a Political Society
4. The Anglican Communion Covenant - Its Strengths and Weaknesses
5. Anglican Identity and Christian Pluralism

Part II: Three-Dimensional Anglicanism

6. The Claims of Catholicity
7. The Legacy of the Reformation
8. The Critical Imperative
9. Catholic and Reformed and Something More
10. Anglican Identity and Theological Integrity



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