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An Anglican Covenant? Theological and Legal Considerations for a Global Debate [Paperback]

By Doe (Author) & Norman (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 9, 2013
Publisher   Canterbury Press
ISBN  1853119040  
EAN  9781853119040  


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"In response to the very real threat of schism in the Anglican Communion, the Lambeth Commission on Communion 2004 published the ""Windsor Report"" which proposed the worldwide adoption of a Covenant - an agreement to be entered into by all Anglican churches to regulate their relationships and reduce the likelihood of conflict in the future. This book offers introductory guidance to the idea of a Covenant, its theological context and legal implications, the arguments for and against it."

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In response to the very real threat of schism in the Anglican Communion, the Lambeth Commission on Communion 2004 published the "Windsor Report" which proposed the worldwide adoption of a Covenant - an agreement to be entered into by all Anglican churches to regulate their relationships and reduce the likelihood of conflict in the future.
This book offers introductory guidance to the idea of a Covenant, its theological context and legal implications, the arguments for and against it.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Norman Doe is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Religion at the Law School, Cardiff University, UK. He is author of Fundamental Authority in Late Medieval English Law (Cambridge University Press, 1990), The Legal Framework of the Church of England (1996), Canon Law in the Anglican Communion (1998), The Law of the Church in Wales (2002), An Anglican Covenant (2008) and Law and Religion in Europe (2011). He holds degrees from the Universities of Wales, Oxford and Cambridge, as well as a Lambeth DCL and is Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor in the (Anglican) Church in Wales. He has been a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Oxford, teaches annually at the University of Paris, and directs the LLM in Canon Law at Cardiff University. He has advised the Primates of the Anglican Communion on Canon Law and served on the Lambeth Commission on Communion (2004). His academic affiliations include the Ecclesiastical Law Society, the European Consortium for Church-State Research (President, 2010) and, as a founding member, the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers (1999), the Interfaith Legal Advisers Network (2007) and the Law and Religion Scholars Network (2008).

Norman Doe has an academic affiliation as follows - Cardiff University University of Wales, College of Cardiff University.

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The Only Game in Town  Apr 9, 2009
On the front cover of the present volume is a large red circle that declares, in bold white typeface, "The Definitive Explanation & Guide." This statement could not be more accurate. Norman Doe is, perhaps, the Anglican Communion's leading legal scholar. A member of the Lambeth Commission, which produced the Windsor Report, and the author of Canon Law in the Anglican Communion: A Worldwide Perspective, as well as several volumes on Anglican canon law in the British Isles, Doe is well positioned for writing a book such as this. An Anglican Covenant is not, however, an apologia. Rather, as Doe writes in the Preface, this volume has been put forth because of the facts that are already on the ground and in play: "The proposal has been made; draft covenants are in circulation; the Communion has embarked on discussion of them; this volume offers a framework for that discussion; and the Communion will make up its own mind" (viii). In fact, Doe offers neither an endorsement of the Covenant nor an argument against it, effectively allowing not just the Communion to decide for itself what it will do, but allowing readers of all stripes to consider the various issues associated with what is, potentially, "a major historical development for worldwide Anglicanism" (213).

The book consists of nine chapters, an introduction and a conclusion; it is, furthermore, divided into three sections: The Foundational Idea of a Covenant, The Structure and Substance of a Covenant, and The Implementation of a Covenant. These three sections are identical to three categories that, Doe argues, collectively contain nine core issues that are central to the debate; these nine core issues make up the nine chapters that compose the body of the book. The first section of the book deals with the nature, employment and purposes of a covenant; the second section delineates the form, subjects and content of a covenant; the third and final section comprises discussions of the process, adoption and effects of a covenant. Each of these respective topics is tested against Scripture, tradition, and reason, and set within an ecumenical framework that gives a central but not exclusive place to Anglican ecumenical agreements with other churches. Doe also sifts through the responses given to the covenant proposal by Anglican provinces, individuals, and political lobbies, noting both majority and minority positions. Lastly, as a scholar of law, Doe uses legal theory both to explain and to comment on various items under discussion. It is difficult to imagine how this book could be any more thorough than it is.

Borrowing from contemporary biblical scholarship, Doe writes that the word covenant "has a range of meanings: relationship, obligation, oath, solemn promise, pact, compact, treaty, alliance, league, constitution, ordinance, agreement and pledge" (14). The central question for Anglicans, then, is whether or not the composition of a formal covenant is new or antithetical to the Anglican tradition? Doe's opinion is that it is neither; instead, he argues, at a Communion-wide level Anglicans already operate according to a "tacit covenant" (37) because "communion is the basis of any covenant" (32). Covenant and its related concepts are ubiquitous for Anglicans, being central to the canon law of Anglican provinces (38), and present in the Constitution of the Anglican Consultative Council (40). Covenant is a necessary concept for sacramental existence, particularly with regard to marriage and baptism; Doe cites Richard Hooker's statement that "Baptism implieth a covenant or league between God and man" to underscore the point (44). Covenants are, furthermore, frequently used in ecumenical relationships, such as those between Episcopalians and Lutherans in the United States of America. Above all, covenant is undeniably central to the biblical worldview and imagination. Doe's concluding words are therefore worth repeating: "While an Anglican covenant would appear novel to the churches of the Communion, in point of fact, spiritual, sacramental, and structural covenanting is a well-trodden Christian path" (221).

Norman Doe has done Anglicans worldwide an invaluable service with An Anglican Covenant: Theological and Legal Considerations for a Global Debate. Theoretically and historically informed, he shows the ways in which a covenant, although a definite development in and of itself, is nonetheless consonant with Anglicanism's major historical and theological trends. Sacramental theology, biblical theology, and ecclesiology all come to bear upon Doe's considerations, and are set within an ecumenical framework. One of the few people in the Anglican Communion to have sorted through every single response to the covenant proposal and its first two drafts, he is the only person to have organized these responses by their shared concerns, and categorized them as reflective of either majority or minority stances. Heavily footnoted and equipped with an eighteen-page bibliography, An Anglican Covenant may very well become the sine qua non of commentaries upon the broad sweep of contemporary Anglican ecclesiological debates. Those who wish to have an informed conversation on the Anglican covenant do well to peruse Doe's most recent volume. In its considerable depth and thoroughness, it has set a high bar, according to which all future discussions of the Anglican covenant will likely be judged.

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