Bishops, Wives and Children: Spiritual Capital Across the Generations

Bishops, Wives and Children: Spiritual Capital Across the Generations

by Douglas J. Davies, Mathew Guest
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754654850

ISBN-13: 9780754654858

Pub. Date: 05/30/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Christianity as a cultural force, whether rising or falling, has seldom been analysed through the actual processes by which tradition is transmitted, modified, embraced or rejected. This book achieves that end through a study of bishops of the Church of England, their wives and their children, to show how values fostered in the vicarage and palace shape family,

Overview

Christianity as a cultural force, whether rising or falling, has seldom been analysed through the actual processes by which tradition is transmitted, modified, embraced or rejected. This book achieves that end through a study of bishops of the Church of England, their wives and their children, to show how values fostered in the vicarage and palace shape family, work and civic life in a supposedly secular age. Davies and Guest integrate, for the first time, sociological concepts of spiritual capital with anthropological ideas of gift-theory and, alongside theological themes, use these to illuminate how the religious professional functions in mediating tradition and fostering change. Motifs of distant prelates, managerially-minded fathers in God and rebellious clergy children are reconsidered in a critical light as new empirical evidence offers unique insights into how the clergy family functions as an axis of social power in an age incredulous to ecclesiastical hierarchy. Bishops, Wives and Children marks an important advance in the analysis of the spirituality of Catholic, Evangelical and Liberal leaders and their social significance within a distinctive Christian tradition and all it represents in wider British society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754654858
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/30/2007
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Religious leadership in a changing society; Bishop and Church: changing times and institutions; Changing persons, changing roles; Suffragan and diocesan bishops; The place of clergy wives: a 'shared ministry'?; Growing up clerical; Clergy children and religious identity; Clergy children, work and professional identity; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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