The Fate of Communion: The Agony of Anglicanism and the Future of a Global Church

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Current debates over a host of issues, particularly those relating to homosexuality, have left the 70-million-member Anglican Communion straining to understand what it means to be a communion -- and even wondering whether life as a communion is possible.

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 ...

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Overview

Current debates over a host of issues, particularly those relating to homosexuality, have left the 70-million-member Anglican Communion straining to understand what it means to be a communion -- and even wondering whether life as a communion is possible.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802863270
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

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
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