"Published 1986 for the General Synod of the Church of England by Church House Publishing. Copyright The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England 1986". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"The House of Bishops undertook to reflect upon the debate in the General Synod in February 1985 on the Nature of Christian Belief and to report back to the Synod. The Statement, together with the Exposition of it, published in this booklet is the response by the House of Bishops to those undertakings." -- [Preface].
"This Statement and the Exposition which accompanies it take their place within a long story. The nature of Christian belief, and the characters of that assent to the Christian faith which is to be required of ministers, ordained or lay, who are given authority to teach in the Church of England, have been keenly discussed for more than a hundred years. The immediate origin of this Report lies in a debate in General Synod on 13 February 1985. It is the response of the House of Bishops to that debate. It is, therefore, in part a reply to particular questions, asked in a particular context. In part reflection on some of the wider underlying issues. The questions asked concern the corporate affirmation by the House of Bishops of the teaching of the Church of England. But there are also related issues of responsibility for doctrine within our Church, and of the procedures by which matters of belief are best considered. On these points answers must grow out of a wider process of prayer, scholarship, study and debate; and the Exposition offers only a preliminary contribution, aimed at guiding the Church of England in that process". -- p. 1.
Contents: [Preface] dated April 1986 / Robert Cantuar i.e. Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chairman -- A Statement by the House of Bishops of the General Synod of the Church of England -- Exposition of the Statement by the House of Bishops.
Exposition divided into sections: A. Introduction -- B. Faith and History -- C. The Resurrection and the Empty Tomb -- E. The Incarnation and the Virginal Conception -- E. The Individual and Collegial Responsibility of Bishops for the Faith of the Church.
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