Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950

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He describes the life and work of five leaders in the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States who came of age in the late nineteenth century and served their religious communities until the mid-twentieth century. As clergy and educators they hoped to root the faith of modern Anglicans/Episcopalians in past traditions to provide a compelling spiritual purpose and identity for the present and the future. Their attempts to articulate a historical basis for Anglican unity and Christian...

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Overview

He describes the life and work of five leaders in the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States who came of age in the late nineteenth century and served their religious communities until the mid-twentieth century. As clergy and educators they hoped to root the faith of modern Anglicans/Episcopalians in past traditions to provide a compelling spiritual purpose and identity for the present and the future. Their attempts to articulate a historical basis for Anglican unity and Christian ecumenism often had contradictory and even sectarian results. Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950 offers historians and scholars of religion and culture in North America a comparative perspective and a new way to understand how a previous generation looked to the past to address the dilemmas of an uncertain present and future.

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Katerberg (history, Calvin College, Michigan) describes the life and work of five leaders of the Anglican Church in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the U.S. from the late-19th to the mid-20th century. He explores the ways in which these leaders used a shared religious language and theology to create a cultural framework offering a clear identity and purpose for the members of their communities. Coverage includes the relationship between evangelicalism, liberalism, and anglo-catholicism; the impact of modernity on Anglican traditions of spirituality; a comparison of Canadian and U.S. perspectives; and a critique of the secularization model in favor of a view of religion within the realms of modernity and competing cultural identities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: An Antique or an Anchor? 3
2 Anglicanism in North America to the Mid-Nineteenth Century 20
3 Dyson Hague: Modernity, Tradition, and the Piety of the Past 37
4 North American Anglicanism at the Turn of the Century 64
5 W. H. Griffith Thomas: Anglicanism, Fundamentalism, and Modernity 79
6 William T. Manning: Apostolic Order and Evangelical Truth 107
7 Anglicanism in North America, 1920-1950 135
8 Carl Eckhardt Grammer: Things That Remain in Liberal Anglicanism 152
9 Henry John Cody: Modernity and Mediating Anglicanism 181
10 Conclusion: The Modern Project, Fragmentation, and Anglican Identity 210
App.: Church Membership 225
Notes 227
Bibliography 277
Index 303
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