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Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

Mark Chapman

Publication Date - July 2006

ISBN: 9780192806932

168 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularization. While there are distinctive themes and emphases that emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism today.

Here, Mark Chapman explores the fascinating history, theology, and structures of Anglicanism, and highlights the diversity of the contemporary church by examining how traditions vary from England and American, from South Africa to Malaysia. Chapman looks at current developments and controversies, such as homosexuality and women priests, and offers thought-provoking suggestions for the future of Anglicanism. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart.

Features

  • Anglicanism is the English state church, and it also has more than 70 million followers throughout the world.
  • Explains how Anglicanism is defined, and how it fits into the broader picture of Christianity.
  • Examines the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism, from England to the Mississippi and South Africa and Malaysia - looking at life, worship, and teaching in different churches.
  • Takes the reader on an accessible history of the Anglican Church, and asks whether there really is a distinctive Anglican theology.
  • Mark Chapman also looks at current developments and controversies, such as homosexuality and women priests, and offers thought-provoking suggestions for the future of Anglicanism.

About the Author(s)

Mark Chapman, a historian and historical theologian, is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

    1. What is Anglicanism?
    2. Establishing the Church
    3. Struggles for Identity
    4. The Global Communion
    5. The Future of Anglicanism