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A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Way of Life, Revised Edition

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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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Cara Meredith
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only primer needed to understand the tradition I now call home.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wishing to learn more about the Episcopalians I chose this book. It did not did disappoint. Very helpful and interesting read.
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A short (40 pages) introduction to the Episcopal church, its beliefs and organization. Helpful overview.
Greg Dill
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathryn Conroy
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian Ipock
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Great little book explaining the Episcopal Church's beliefs and positions on several key factors. It's a great introduction as to what makes this Christian Community unique among the other branches of the Christian tree. ...more
Holly Evanoski
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Great source of information for those curious about the Episcopalian way of life. Will highly recommend to others I know
Hannah C
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A succinct primer of Episcopal tradition and history.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very Informative.

Good for those new to the Episcopal church who want an overview of their beliefs and structure. A quick and enjoyable read.
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Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
We use this book as a primer for people who want to get more involved in the Episcopal Church. It is good in it self but also a good jumping off point.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This book provides a succinct overview and introduction for individuals interested in learning about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican ethos.
Jude Morrissey
Very short, but very thorough, introduction to the Episcopal church.
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“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.” 0 likes
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