• Explores recent developments, including the emerging/missional church movement and new Anglican churches in America
Why do so many evangelicals flock to liturgical traditions today? Robert Webber first explored the question in this thoughtful and engaging classic in 1989; now evangelical scholar and pastor Lester Ruth updates the conversation.
Much remains of Webber's beloved original text, including his discussion of Anglicanism's six great gifts: mystery and awe, Christ-centered worship, sacramental reality, historical identity, participation in catholic traditions and holistic spirituality. Ruth adds fresh stories from evangelicals who have followed Webber's footsteps on the Canterbury trail, along with new essays that highlight the diversity of Anglican expressions today.
|Publisher:||Church Publishing, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Table of Contents
Preface to the Revised Edition Lester Ruth v
Preface to the 1985 Edition Robert Webber ix
Part 1 Why the Anglican Tradition? Robert Webber
1 A Return to Mystery 3
2 A Longing for the Experience of Worship 16
3 A Desire for Sacramental Reality 31
4 The Search for Spiritual Identity 49
5 Embracing the Whole Church 61
6 Growing into a Holistic Spirituality 71
Part 2 Other Pilgrims Share Their Stories
7 Anna Masi 87
8 Stefany Webber Welch 99
9 Jon Hall 110
10 David Madeira 120
11 Linda and Bill Richardson 133
Part 3 The Canterbury Trail and Today's Churches
12 Paralleling the Canterbury Trail David Neff 151
13 The Multiple Paths on the Canterbury Trail Thomas Buchan 162
14 Robert Webber: The Man of the Future and the Church of the Future Reggie Kidd 170
Afterword Barry Taylor 177
About the Contributors 183
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This slim volume is terrific and I only wish that I had discovered it 20 years ago. It gives an interesting perspective on US evangelicals approaching and embracing Anglicanism. Its only weakness is that it fails to acknowledge the strong strain of evangelicalism in the English Anglican church. Having said that, it covers a number of key issues and identifies how Anglican worship is christologically centred and essentially evangelical. It also notes how lack-lustre much worship is in the American evangelical scene. It covers a number of other key theological themes. I found it refreshing as someone who grew up in Australian evangelical Angilcan churches and who finds Anglican worship a tad tired. It re-inforced the importance of good liturgy as against the passing fads of self centred worship. I look forward to reading webber's later work.
Dr Webber gives a good outline of what caused him (a conservative Protestant teaching at Wheaton) to rethink his understanding on worship, church organization and mainline denominations. His journey from a conservative Baptist upbringing to membership in the Episcopal church will appeal to both conservatives and liberals and those struggling with their approach to the church in the 21st century.