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Love's Redeeming Work: The Anglican Quest for Holiness [Paperback]

By Geoffrey Rowell (Editor), Kenneth Stevenson (Editor) & Rowan Williams (Editor)
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Pages   824
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   2.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0191070580  
EAN  9780191070587  

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A remarkable work of scholarship and dedication. It will provide intellectual stimulus and inspiration to all who have an interest in Anglicanism's spiritual, historical and literary heritage,"---The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.). Features a broad spectrum of literary genres; a superb reference.

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This major new anthology of Anglican spiritual writings was compiled by a trio of the Church's most widely respected scholars.
The selections demonstrate by example the Anglican tenet that different strands of spirituality can be held together in a creative tension that enhances the overall strength of the church. Their variety reflects the worldwide nature of the Anglican communion and includes men and women authors from such places as the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Australia, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
This volume is a shining witness to the impact that Anglican spirituality has had on Christianity throughout the world. Featuring a broad spectrum of literary genres (letters, devotional essays, poetry, reflections on the Scriptures, etc.) it will make a superb reference work.

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Geoffrey Rowell is the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe. He was formerly the Bishop of Basingstoke, and from 1972 to 1994 was Chaplain and Tutor in Theology at Keble College, Oxford. He has been a member of both the Liturgical Commission and the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England. His publications include The Vision Glorious, Tradition Renewed: the Oxford Movement Conference Papers, and The English Religious Tradition and the Genius of Anglicanism. Kenneth Stevenson has been the Bishop of Portsmouth since 1995. He was Rector of Holy Trinity and St Mary's Guildford, and Chaplain and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He too has been a member of the Liturgical Commission, and is still on the Doctrine Commission. He is a regular speaker in the House of Lords, and is in great demand as a writer and speaker on liturgical matters. His books include Nuptial Blessing, The Mystery of Baptism in the Anglican Tradition, and Abba, Father: Understanding and Using the Lord's Prayer. Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Canterbury, and was previously Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Monmouth. Prior to his consecration, he was University Lecturer in Divinity and Fellow and Dean of Clare College, Cambridge, before becoming Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. His numerous publications include The Wound OF Knowledge, The Truce of God, Teresa of Avila, After Silent Centuries, Icons - on the Borders of Eternity, Christ on Trial, and Ponder These Things: Praying with Icons of the Virgin.

Geoffrey Rowell has an academic affiliation as follows - Keble College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Theology Bishop of G.

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"Hold fast to that which you have been given..."  Apr 13, 2005
In the foreword to this wonderful collection of Anglican spiritual writings, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams states two things: first, that it is intended to be something of an enchiridion - a handbook or manual - of the Anglican faith and second, the desire that it will be instrumental in leading to a renewal of Anglican theology. Perhaps this second point that will strike some people as odd, but in reality Williams is only noting what others before him (such as one of Williams' predecessors, Michael Ramsey) have noted: since World War II, there has been a real loss of Anglican identity. It is precisely because of this loss of identity that a handbook for instruction in the faith is needed. Love's Redeeming Work accomplishes this quite admirably.

First, there are over 700 pages of source material. Each author or selection is prefaced with relevant dates (including birth and death), a brief summary of their accomplishments and any other relevant data (such as forced exile, martyrdom, marriage, controversies, etc.). It is fascinating to read about some of the great heroes of Anglicanism fighting and arguing with each other, or being influenced and taught by each other; one can go back and forth between these authors and get a feel for really being in the midst of historical development. Every selection for each author is also referenced so that if one desires to pursue further reading of an author one may do so (assuming, of course, that one can get one's hands on the originals which, in many cases, is sadly doubtful).

Second, the book is divided into three main time periods, each of which begins with an essay on the historical and theological development of the era. The essays are absolutely first rate (which is of no surprise, given that Rowell, Stevenson and Williams are all theologians and historians that orbit a high sphere all their own) and provide a substantive amount of background material. Again, reading back and forth between different authors and noting the influence over time of different persons on each other is a wonderful way of getting into the historical development of Anglicanism; fortunately this book is arranged in such a way that this is made quite possible. Reading the selections in order gives one view; dipping into different selections gives another view that is no less complementary. The chronological arrangement of authors fosters the helpfulness of both.

One thing that one will see as one reads through this is that Anglicanism has a wide variety of streams in it. From early Protestant streams that did not seek to divide the church from its catholic past so much as to offer a reform of the excesses of the late medieval Western church, to those that would be far more Calvinist in their views, to those that would be more far more medieval in their aspirations: all of these are found in Anglicanism.

Furthermore, as one gets away from the motherland (England) in the 19th and 20th centuries, one begins to see some of the ways that Anglicans have both engaged and been engaged by cultures from all around the world. This volume, in fact, is the only place that one is going to find many primary documents on the development of Anglicanism as a world communion: India, Africa and Southeast Asia are all represented in this collection. This is incredibly refreshing as there is much talk about global Anglicanism (especially its being more conservative) but next to no primary sources available; this volume offers a significant corrective to that absence.

Living authors such as Desmond Tutu, Rowan Williams and N. T. Wright are not included in this collection. It would be fascinating to see this collection updated in a generation to see who would be included (the aforementioned surely would be). However, as a reader in Anglicanism - including some liturgical texts, for that matter - it functions magnificently. It does a tremendous job revealing how Anglicanism - the third largest Christian church in the world - has come to be. And, hopefully, in fostering the memory of what has come before, it will be influential in shaping where Anglicanism goes from here on out. For all interested in Anglicanism, this is a volume that can truly be called "indispensable".

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