This uniquely comprehensive reference work provides a global account of the history, expansion, diversity, and contemporary issues facing the Anglican Communion, the worldwide body that includes all followers of the Anglican faith. It brings together a distinguished and international team of contributors, including some of the world’s leading Anglican commentators, to offer readers unrivalled coverage of the church’s historical development and the religious and ethical questions affecting it today.
The volume incorporates every aspect of this vibrant and often complex religious community – home to the third-largest Christian denomination – from the analysis of its instruments of Unity, to its central role in interfaith communication. It spans the Anglican Communion’s long history through to 21st century debates within the church on such issues as sexual-orientation of clergy, and the pastoral role of women. Included is a full directory of the Church’s 44 provinces, with a brief history of each, alongside dedicated bibliographies for each chapter. The result is an insightful and wide-ranging treatment of this dynamic global faith.