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Our Anglican Heritage: Can an Ancient Church Be a Church of the Future?
Description: --What is Anglicanism and how is it distinctive? --Where did it come from and where is it ? --Which beliefs, values, and practices stand at the heart of this important, global Communion? --How can its rich heritage help it move into the future? This book is an essential guide to the Anglican tradition for anyone who has ever wondered what Anglicanism-the large ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Cascade Books
(first published January 1st 1977)
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I honestly enjoyed every aspect of this book. Having grown up in a strictly nondenominational context, I had no idea what distinguished any denomination from another, and I actually was fairly harshly judgmental of "liturgical churches", claiming that any liturgy, being a ritual, must therefore be dead and derogatory of the free nature of the Spirit, but after having both experienced an Anglican worship service and read this book, I have tasted and seen that the Spirit worked beautifully in and ...more
A super easy-to-read, pretty comprehensive overview of Anglican history and theology. The authors cover the deep historical roots of Anglicanism (beyond just Henry VIII, but yes, there's also a section on him!) as well as the development of Anglican liturgy and polity. There are also helpful chapters on some of the divisive theological issues at play in the Anglican Communion, including women's ordination and the same-sex marriage conversation. Readers should know that it's coming from a slightl ...more
Bishop Howe paints a historically honest, biblically shaped portrait of the rise of the Anglican communion, giving particular attention to North American Anglicanism and presenting a compelling vision for a renewal of Reformational Anglicanism in the the EPUSA. Recommended for folks outside the communion wondering what exactly "Anglicanism" is, or current members looking to gain fresh perspective/deepen their current knowledge of their own tradition. Though Howe is a conservative Bishop in the E ...more
Written by two moderate Anglican priests, one Episcopal the other having since left the Episcopal church, Our Anglican Heritage offers a great balance to the stereotypical liberal Episcopal perspective on the Church’s current situation. A fantastic book, written very well, balancing readability with excellent scholarship. Howe and Pascoe emphasize the reformed nature of the Anglican Communion while showing its connection to the catholic church. While not agreeing with everything, this book empha ...more