"In November , Sydney's diocesan synod rejected a compromise attempt to allow women priests to be ordained in the diocese. It also refused to accept the new Australian prayer book". The diocese, Australia's largest "has long argued against women priests on the grounds that the Bible denies headship to women in the Church or at home". "The Synod found Australia's new prayer book `not Evangelical in tone or tendency' and refused to accept it."
"Edited by Peter G. Bolt, Mark D. Thompson, and Robert Tong".
Includes bibliographical references.
Bibliography: p.. 145-148.
"It is the responsibility of all Christian people to cling to the apostolic word, `once for all delivered to the saints' (Jude 3). The apostolic word is the word of God. To depart from this word is to depart from God's form of faith and God's way of life. Jesus himself commissioned the apostles to tell the world about him. These men, whose word is now embedded in the New Testament, have all the authority of Jesus Christ and so of the Father who sent him. This is the word that we must cling to, lest we drift away (Heb. 2:4). Our elders, ministers, and bishops have a responsibility to `hold firm to the trustworthy word' (Titus 1:98). In their consecration, Anglican bishops have taken responsibility to pass on faithfully the deposit of apostolic teaching, and to admonish and exhort others to do the same. To depart from biblical teaching is a severe dereliction of duty which has disastrous spiritual consequences for the people under their pastoral care. This is the serious nature of the contemporary `crisis'. This collection of essays responds to `The Windsor Report' from several directions: legal, rhetorical, and theological. They are written by Australian evangelicals, who share a common belief that the future of Anglicanism ought to be shaped more and more by the faith once for all delivered to the saints'." -- back cover.
Contents divided into two parts: I: Commentary -- II: Conversation.
Part II divided into five sections: The Problem and Windsor's Solution -- Windsor's Fundamental Concern : Unity -- The Real Issue : Authority and the Apostolic Faith -- The Church in Clearer Perspective -- Conclusion.
Contents: Commentary on the Windsor Report / Peter Bolt, Mark Thompson and Robert Tong -- The Archbishop of Canterbury : Accountability and Unity / Peter F. Jensen -- The Windsor Report 2004 : Legal Implications / Neil Cameron -- How Would the Anglican Church of Australia Commit Itself to an Anglican Covenant ? / Robert Tong -- A Layman's View of The Windsor Report / Barry Newman -- The Rhetoric of Change / Paul Barker -- The Rhetoric of Reception : Lessons from the Ordination of Women Priests / Jane Tooher -- Communion : Virtue or Vice ? / Peter Adam -- The Babylonian Unity of the Church / John Woodhouse -- Lambeth and Reunion / D. Broughton Knox -- John 17:21-23 and Christian Unity / Bill Salier -- Scripture in The Windsor Report / Mark Thompson -- Church Politics and the English Language / Tony Payne -- The Concept of 'Adiaphora' and The Windsor Report / Mark Thompson -- The Episcopacy / Robert Doyle -- The Church and Denominations / D. Broughton Knox -- Subsidiarity : A Principle in Search of an Application / Robert Tong -- Communion as Fellowship / Peter Bolt -- Ignoring the Real Problem / Martin Foord -- Towards a Realigned Anglicanism / David Short -- Ancient Words on Embracing the Excluded / David Hohne -- A Way Forward.