Series "Editor: Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh". -- Cover.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: p. 158-164.
The author wrote this book to keep "alive in the Church of England of today the spirit of George Kennedy Allen Bell. archbishop's chaplain at Lambeth 1914-24, Dean of Canterbury 1924-29, episcopal secretary of the Lambeth Conference of 1930, for twenty-nine years Bishop of Chichester, life president of the World Council of Churches, the thirtieth anniversary of whose death falls just after the Lambeth Conference 1988. Bell's life expresses for me pre-eminently an Anglican vocation; one man's pilgrimage, often lonely, on the distinctively anglican 'middle way'." -- p. 3.
Contents divided into four main sections: I: Pointers to an Anglicanism -- II: By way of Bell -- III: A rediscovery ? -- IV: Envoi.
Contents: Series Foreword by The Archbishop of Canterbury dated Lambeth Palace, September 1986 / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie -- Acknowledgements -- Pointers to an Anglicanism -- I: Cri de coeur for an Anglicanism -- The formation of an Anglican: George Kennedy Allen Bell -- The signs of a new age: Fenton John Anthony Hort -- II: By way of Bell -- Bell: dogmatic and pastoral -- Bell: Christianity and the social order -- Bell: ecumenical relations -- Bell: mission and ministry -- III: A rediscovery ? -- Looking for the heart of the matter -- An impasse -- Toward a liberation -- The others -- in God's mercy -- IV: Envoi -- Appendix I: From G.K.A. Bell, 'The Modern Parson' (SCM, 1928), 130-133 -- Appendix II: General Synod of the Church of England: 3 July 1983: Debate on The Historic Resources of the Church of England: a Report by the Church Commissioners (GS 563) -- References -- Bibliography.
"First published in 2002 by SCM Press. This paperback edition published in 2003". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The purpose of this book is twofold. It provides brief portraits of forty-eight bishops who were in office from about the time of the 1832 Reform Bill, when the Church of England as well as the nation as a whole entered a period of continuous change, until the final years of the twentieth century." -- Intro., p. .
Beeson "ends by asking why such able and interesting bishops are now in short supply and wonders whether the hectically busy managerial role assumed by the bishops of the new millennium represents a betrayal of the Episcopal office and a consequent weakening of the Church's witness in an incredibly secularized society. Looking not far ahead, the likely impact of women bishops is also discussed". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements / TB -- Introduction -- The aristocrats and the courtiers -- The scholars -- The statesmen -- The prophets -- The pastors -- The controversialists -- The headmasters -- The church reformers -- The social reformers -- The missionaries -- The evangelists -- The odd men out -- The pioneers : looking ahead -- Bibliography -- Index.
OTCH Note: The bishops described are in order of discussion: Edward Stuart Talbot, William Cecil, Charles Sumner, Cosmo Gordon Lang, Robin Woods, Connop Thirlwall, Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Mandell Creighton, Kenneth Kirk, Ian Ramsey, Archibald Campbell Tait, Randall Davidson, William Temple, George Bell, John Percival, Edward Lee Hicks, John A.T. Robinson, E.R. (Ted) Wickham, Edward King, William Walsham How, Edward Woods, Launcelot Fleming, Herbert Hensley Henson, Ernest William Barnes, Frederick Temple, George Ridding, Neville Gorton, Geoffrey Fisher, Edward Stanley, Charles James Blomfield, Samuel Wilberforce, Leslie Hunter, James Fraser, Brooke Foss Westcott, Charles Gore, George Augustus Selwyn, John William Colenso, Charles Mackenzie, Frank Weston, Joost de Blank, Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram, Walter Carey, Christopher Chavasse, Cuthbert Bardsley, Henry Phillpotts, T.B. Strong, Mervyn Stockwood and Douglas Feaver.