The author, a conservative Episcopal priest, has written these book, consisting of three essays "in response to two items published by diocesan commissions in the Episcopal Church on the matter of changing sexual morality" (p. 1) and out of his conviction that "None of this could have happened had the Church not lost its own sense of identity in the Biblical framework, the Biblical cosmos, and the Biblical God and Father of the cosmos. None of this could have happened had the Church had a healthy relationship to the scientific community. Had we been rooted in the truth in a healthy way, we would have spotted this poison, named it for what it was, and thrown it out of our midst" (p. 3). -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- Sexuality and Family Life : The Biblical Roots -- Inclusion and Exclusion : The Biblical Way -- Science : The Poisoned Well -- Epilogue : The Bad News and the Good News -- Endnote : Emmaus Ministries -- Newark Report : Report of the Task Force on Changing Patters of Sexuality and Family Life.
Newark Report was "Prepared at the Request of the 111th Convention of the Diocese of Newark By The Task Force on Changing Patterns of Sexuality and Family Life", Chaired by Nelson S.T. Thayer, and consists of 17 pages (numbered N1-N17).
"This is the untold story of America's power elite, the true establishment, the quintessential WASPs -- the Episcopalians. It is not the story of a religion, at least not much. No denomination reports a lower church attendance than Episcopalians. It is, rather, the first full account of a power connection, a style, a way of life, of families who run things, whatever is worth running. Only 2 percent of Americans are Episcopalians, but as a group they enjoy the highest income. Their influence is extraordinary. Eighteen percent of U.S. senators are Episcopalians. So are 20 percent of the chief executives in the nation's 500 largest corporations. So are one-third of all bank presidents and many of the most prestigious lawyers. Ever since the Declaration of Independence (two-thirds of the signers were Anglicans, later to become Episcopalians), this denomination has ruled the country with a benign, aristocratic hand: yet until now no one has explored in depth the bonds that bind the nation's true 'in-group'." -- front dust jacket blurb.
Contents: Links -- The Power of Their Glory -- A Church of Contradictions -- The Church of the Presidents -- Cultivating 'Episcopal Emotions' -- The Business Aristocracy -- The Refined Reactionaries -- Public-minded Patricians: The Roosevelts -- "To Serve Is to Rule" -- Muscular Christianity -- The Right People -- Bonds -- Where the Elite Meet -- Over the Bounding Main -- Making a Business of Leisure -- The Sporting Resorts -- To Reign Always -- Episcocrats in Camelot -- "The Law in Its Majestic Equality" -- Going About Their Business -- Patricians as Patrons -- The Unfinished Cathedral - "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You" -- The Thread -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Index.