Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

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What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularization. While there are distinctive themes and emphases that emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism...
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Overview


What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularization. While there are distinctive themes and emphases that emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the fascinating history, theology, and structures of Anglicanism, and highlights the diversity of the contemporary church by examining how traditions vary from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman looks at current developments and controversies, such as homosexuality and women priests, and offers thought-provoking suggestions for the future of Anglicanism. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192806932
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,518,909
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chapman, a historian and historical theologian, is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Anglicanism?
2. Establishing the Church
3. Struggles for Identity
4. The Global Communion
5. The Future of Anglicanism

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    A very readable introduction

    I picked up this book to find out a bit more about this branch of Christianity, and by and large I was not disappointed. This is an eminently readable introduction to Anglicanism, from its founding in the 16th century to the present day. It covers all the major developments, and gives a brief background for each. It is particularly useful for anyone who wishes to put the present controversies shaking the Anglican communion in a historical context, and the last chapter of the book is devoted to these controversies. The only shortcoming of the book is its overly historical and political point of view. I would have appreciated a more extensive insight into the Anglican theology. Overall, however, this is a wonderful little book and I highly recommend it.

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