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In this timely book two priest-scholars, Ephraim Radner and Philip Turner, examine the future of the concept of "communion" as a viable church structure, tracing its historical development as a self-conscious Anglican third way ...
In this timely book two priest-scholars, Ephraim Radner and Philip Turner, examine the future of the concept of "communion" as a viable church structure, tracing its historical development as a self-conscious Anglican third way between Protestant congregationalism and Catholic centralism. In examining this essential issue, Radner and Turner relate the specific challenges of the U.S. Episcopal Church to the unity of the worldwide communion, touching on such divisive subjects as the place of Scripture, liberal theology, and episcopal authority. Their discussion is at once measured and impassioned, erudite and practical.
Compelling reading for Episcopalians and those in other traditions who are searching for a truly Christian approach to these thorny topics, The Fate of Communion is a forthright, direct examination of a church in turmoil.
|Introduction : unity, obedience, and the shape of communion||1|
|1||The end of a church and the triumph of denominationalism : on how to think about what is happening in the Episcopal church||15|
|2||Children of Cain : the oxymoron of American Catholicism||25|
|3||Apprehending the truth : Anglican conservatism and common discernment||59|
|4||The scriptural community : authority in Anglicanism||90|
|5||Diversity and integrity : the challenges of life together||113|
|6||Episcopal authority within a communion of churches||135|
|7||The Virginia report : how firm a foundation?||165|
|8||The Windsor report : a defining moment for a worldwide communion||198|
|9||Conciliarity and the American evasion of communion||220|
|10||ECUSA's God and the idols of liberal Protestantism||243|
|11||The humiliation of Anglicanism and Christian life||252|
|Conclusion : the world is waiting for holiness||276|