"A paper commissioned for the Primates of the Anglican Communion by the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, and the Most Rev. Gregory Venables". -- t.-p.
"This paper is offered to address the need for a practical statement of the Anglican Communion's self-identity and mission, as warranted by its own official documents and public declarations. In some ways, it serves as a primer for the unique character of Anglicanism as a part of God's plan for the Christian Church. The paper is written in response to the grave threat to the Anglican Communion's continued existence and flourishing posed by the Episcopal Church, U.S.A.'s recent actions in contradiction of the Gospel [i.e. the election and consecration of Gene Robinson as Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire]." -- Preface, p. iv.
"Drafters of the paper: Ephraim Radner, Philip Turner, Christopher Seitz, Andrew Goddard, Peter Walker, Donald Armstrong, Drexel Gomez, Peter Akinola, Gregory Venables". -- Preface, p. iv.
Contents: Preface / Drafters of the Paper -- Summary -- General Convention Actions in Dispute -- General Convention Actions Violate -- Supporters' Justification of Violations -- Primates Role -- Appendix.
Appendix contains: Anglican Communion Statements -- Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral -- The Ordination of Women -- Assessing Parallel Provinces.
"[By] Christopher Seitz, Ephraim Radner, Donald Armstrong, Philip Turner, Andrew Goddard, Peter Walker" -- t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"This paper has been written for the Lambeth Commission in response to an express request from the Commission's officers for a constructive paper that would assist them in their forthcoming meetings. It has been written by a number of theologians associated with the Anglican Communion Institute (ACI). .... More recently, however, it has sought of necessity to place its theological resources at the disposal of the wider Anglican Communion in its struggles with the vexed issue of homosexuality and the varied responses to this within the Communion.. In this difficult time, which threatens (in the words of the Primates gathered at Lambeth last October) to 'tear the very fabric of our Communion', it would have been an irresponsible form of scholarship that failed to offer its assistance based on our commitments to the Communion, to Anglicanism, to scholarship, as well as to godly living and pastoral practice". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction: The Present Crisis of Common Life -- A False Paradigm of Response -- Scripture -- Communion and Discipline -- Clarifying Terms -- Restorative Discipline -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1: An example of a restorative statement to be signed by consenting bishops of ECUSA to demonstrate a Christian commitment to reconciliation with the Communion -- Appendix 2. "Observer Status" as an Alternative Form of Communion Discipline.
The author discusses the Anglican search for identity and communion (koinonia) as they emerged at Lambeth 1998 and describes the differences he sees between "communion", "impaired communion" and "schism" with particular reference to Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians. He notes the pivotal role of bishops and primates in these developments, noting that "the communion of Anglicans is more likely to be impaired by the weapons deployed in the bishops' debates than by any disputed action on the part of an individual church" (p. 291). He proposes an example of how those who disagree over an issue e.g. blessing of homosexual unions could express this. They "should target their resistance on the measures and actions that seek to legitimate this particular practice [e.g. blessing same sex unions] and not on the life of the Church as a whole. Thus, it would be appropriate to form links with others throughout the Church who object and, with them, make a public and concerted stand against this particular practice. If the appropriate virtues and practices are deployed along with this resistance, the actions of dissenters can be recognized as one carried out in the name of communion rather than in opposition to it. Carefully targeted resistance of this sort does not signal `impaired communion'. Instead, it signals a continuing communion with those with whom one disagrees and with whom one must struggle in a way that a less carefully targeted form of resistance like seeking to place oneself under another bishop of within another jurisdiction do not" (pp. 291-292).
"An earlier and shorter version of this article appeared in `The Harvest' (Jan. 1999)." Reprinted with permission.
"Edited by Timothy F. Sedgwick and Philip Turner".
Includes bibliographical references.
"In 1988 a group of professors of Christian ethics met at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to share something of their work and concerns as theologians of the church. This meeting began a series of conversations among the members of this group and with several bishops on moral teachings in the Episcopal Church. The conversations issued, in time, in the studies for this volume". -- Acknowledgments.
Contents: Dedication -- Acknowledgments -- List of Contributors -- Introduction / Timothy F. Sedgwick -- Decorum as Doctrine: Teachings on Human Sexuality / Harmon L. Smith -- New Technologies for Assisted Reproduction / David H. Smith, Judith A. Granbois -- Changing Teachings on Abortion / David A. Scott -- The Economic Order / Timothy F. Sedgwick -- On War, Peace and the Use of Force / Allan M. Parrent -- The Dispersal of Moral Authority / Ellen K. Wondra -- How the Church Might Teach / Philip Turner.
"At the invitation of the Right Reverend Arthur E. Walmsley, bishop of Connecticut, and the Most Reverend Alastair I.M. Haggart, primus of Scotland, a number of Anglicans from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania, and the United Kingdom gathered in Hartford, Connecticut, from September 1 through September 10, 1984, to participate in a symposium on the mission of the Church. The symposium was held as part of the celebrations marking the two hundredth anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Samuel Seabury, the first bishop of an Anglican diocese located outside the British Isles". -- Intro., p. xv.
Contents divided into two main sections: The Nature of Christian Mission -- Mission and the Common Life of the Church.
Contents: [Dedication] To Edward A. Bayne / Arthur E. Walmsley -- Table of Contents -- Foreword / Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury -- Acknowledgements -- Preface dated Sewanee, Tennessee, November 14, 1985 / W. Richard Kew -- Board of Trustees, SPCK/USA -- Introduction / Philip Turner [and] Frank E. Sugeno -- The Nature of Christian Mission -- Mission and Prayer / Marianne H. Micks -- The Mission of the Church in East Africa / David M. Gitari -- Mission, Morals, and Folk Religion / Helen Oppenheimer -- Mission of the Church in the Indian Context / Pritam B. Santram -- Mission, Paternalism, and the Peter Pan Syndrome / John S. Pobee -- Can Mission and Church Be Integrated ? / Kortright Davis -- Towards a Latin American Understanding of Mission / Jaci C. Maraschin -- Mission Theology: A Hong Kong Chinese Understanding / Alan Chan -- Mission and the Common Life of the Church -- Mission and Establishment / Colin Buchanan -- Mission and Church Identity / Paul A. Reeves -- The Mission of Christ in Urban America / A. Theodore Eastman -- The Mission of the Church and the Culture of a Nation / Edward W. Scott -- The Mission of the Church in an Islamic Country / Clement H. Janda -- The Anglican Communion in Latin America / Adrian D. Caceres -- Notes on Contributors.
"This is the third of a series on making moral decisions in the light of orthodox Christian ethics". -- p. .
"This little book is about one of the most common and painful moral issues of our times, divorce. What I write I offer as a priest who hopes to be of help to anyone who for one reason or another is confronted with this divisive and often terrible moral problem. As will soon be obvious, I think that there are reasons for divorce that Christians (who believe in lifelong marital vows) can accept. The reasons I give may seem unjustified or they may prove convincing and helpful. But in either case, my arguments for justifying divorce are not those now popular in American society". -- p. 3.
Contents: [Introduction] -- Marriage in the Marketplace -- Possessive Individualism -- Our Marriage and God's Intent -- Divorce : Traditional Christian Grounds -- The Moral Death of a Marriage -- Offense and Self-Defense -- Conscience and Your Hardness of Heart -- About the author -- Also from the Forward Movement.
"Current debates over a host of issues, particularly those relating to homosexuality, have left the Anglican Communion straining to understand what it means to be a communion -- and even wondering whether life as a communion is possible. In this timely book two priest scholars ... examine tthe future of the concept of 'communion' as a viable church structure, tracing its historical development as a self-consciously Anglican third way between Protestant congregationalism and Catholic centralism. In examining this essential issue, Radner and Turner relate the specific challenges of the U.S. Episcopal Church to the unity of the worldwide communion, touching on such divisive subjects as the place of Scripture, liberal theology, and episcopal authority." -- inside front cover.
"This volume is the result of a decade of collaborative effort by a group of scholars both in the United States and the United Kingdom meeting under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Institute (ACI). The conversations we have had with the various members of this group have contributed in essential ways to both the content and tone of these essays". "The essays collected here are a representative sample of essays written during the past five years by two people who have been part of this group. Each essay seeks to display the calling and nature of the church within a global setting". -- Acknowledgements, p. xii.
Contents divided into four sections: The Challenge of the Present Moment -- Questions of Authority -- Questions of Communion -- The Future of Communion.
Contents: Foreword / Stanlet Hauerwas -- Introduction: Unity, Obedience, and the Shape of Communion -- The End of a Church and the Triumph of Denominationalism: On How to Think About What is Happening in the Episcopal Church -- Children of Cain: The Oxymoron of American Catholicism -- Apprehending the Truth: Anglican Conservatism and Common Discernment -- The Scriptural Community: Authority in Anglicanism -- Diversity and Integrity: The Challenges of Life Together -- The Virginia Report: How Firm a Foundation ? -- The Windsor Report: A Defining Moment for a Worldwide Communion -- Conciliarity and the American Evasion of Communion -- ECUSA's God and the Idols of American Protestantism -- The Humiliation of Anglicanism and Christian Life -- Conclusion: The World is Waiting for Holiness -- Index.
This review is part of a larger general review article entitled "A new look at the Reformation, music and the development of liturgical life", p. 1, 4-5.
"The book looks at the themes of authority in the Communion, holiness, humiliation, conciliarity, denominationalism, and the pursuit of truth as it relates to revelation and the interpretation of scripture." "Central to the thesis of this book is the notion that reconciliation is only possible through repentance and renewal".
"Witte manages to do what few undertake, namely, to show the way in which the development of marriage law in Europe and North America has been tied to the way in which the institution has been understood in the major theological traditions of the West. Witte identifies five primary strands of tradition. In the Roman Catholic tradition it has been conceived as a `sacrament'. In the Lutheran tradition it has been conceived of as a `social estate'. In Calvinist circles it has been presented as a form of `covenant'. Among Anglicans marriage came to be seen as a `little commonwealth'. And finally, out of certain strands of Anglican and Enlightenment thought, marriage evolved into a form of `contract' (p. 202)".
"[B]y Dr. Philip Turner, Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale".
"Copyright 1994 by Fidelity. Send all enquiries to: Fidelity, 65 Clifton Road, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2E8 Canada. Printed in Canada". -- inside front cover.
Contents divided into sections: Keynoter -- The Expectation of Change -- The Scriptural Texts -- The Contesting Arguments - Conservative Rhetoric -- Developing a Theological Structure -- Exegesis and Interpretation -- Marriage and Singleness -- Sexual Disorder -- Revisiting the Tradition -- The Christian Relocation -- Why Sustain the Prohibition ? -- Discerning the Will of God -- Pastoral Practice -- Two Rationales -- The Better Way -- [Biographical Information].