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A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Way of Life, Revised Edition
What are we as Episcopalians? This concise booklet explores five main areas of Episcopal life: identity, authority, spirituality, temperament, and polity. A great introduction to the Episcopal way of thinking in readable prose for any newcomer or seeker in the Episcopal Church who may wonder what makes Episcopalians different than Roman Catholics or other protestants.
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Morehouse Publishing
(first published September 1st 2002)
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This is a brief introduction to the Episcopal Church in the United States. Included are its history and descent from the Church of England, the Anglican Scottish church, the Catholic Church, and back to the apostles of Jesus. The authors stress its role as a middle road (via media) between the Catholic and Protestant Churches and it authority of a “three-legged stool” of tradition, scripture, and reason, and its unifying principal in common prayer rather than in doctrine. It describes its sacram ...more
A good and brief introduction to the Episcopalian Church. I was particularly struck by the three tenets of the Episcopalian Church in regards to authority, known as the three-legged stool: Scripture, tradition, and reason. I also like their view on the middle way (via medi) meaning between the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church, a happy medium if you will. Finally, I was drawn to the several ways the Episcopalian Church does church: high church, low church, broad church. High church being ...more
I am a lifelong Episcopalian, but that doesn't mean I know everything there is to know about this wonderfully diverse church. I read this book because I am part of a welcome class for newcomers at St. Anne's. And this is what I learned that I never knew before: The Episcopal Church, despite its official name of The Protestant Episcopal Church, is not Protestant. Of course, we are not Roman Catholic or Orthodox either. We Anglicans are out there on our own. ...more
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“Those who created the structure of the Episcopal Church were, in many cases, the same individuals who had framed and adopted the Constitution of the United States only a few years earlier, so it is not surprising that our structure is very similar.”
“Hooker argued that while the Scriptures are to be our primary source of authority, they are not to be isolated from reason and tradition. Why? Because God communicated his revelation as contained in the Scriptures in a manner sensitive to the specific needs of a specific group in a specific time in history and, therefore, intended that they be interpreted to make sense to a different people in a different time. God’s revelation was, therefore, to be both inside and outside of the Scriptures, guarded and guided by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are intended, Hooker asserted, to be a living word and not a collection of dead letters. That is, the Scriptures (and tradition) are not self-explanatory but require the use of reason to determine their meaning. Reason, of course, is not autonomous or individualistic. Nor are there three different authorities. Rather, there is a single authority composed of three intersecting sources: the Scriptures being the normative authoritative source; reason and tradition being necessary interpretive authoritative sources.”More quotes…