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Overview Responding to the controversy and divisiveness within the Anglican Communion - particularly over the issue of homosexuality - Alan Jones offers a more balanced look at the middle way to be found within Anglican orthodoxy. With its focus on careful listening and prayerful deliberation, Jones' vision of othodoxy is the antidote to the anger and bitterness that threatens the Body of Christ today. In this thoughtful volume, Jones takes a look at Anglicanism from four different perspectives.
Publishers Description Responding to the controversy and divisiveness within the Anglican Communion, particularly over the issue of homosexuality, Alan Jones offers a more balanced look at the middle way to be found within Anglican orthodoxy. With its focus on careful listening and prayerful deliberation, Jones's vision of orthodoxy is the antidote to the anger and bitterness that threatens the Body of Christ today. In this thoughtful volume, Jones takes a look at Anglicanism from four different perspectives, fundamentalism versus modernism, the tired caricature of Anglicanism as muddled thinking, as an orientation toward transcendent mystery, and through the eyes of some of Anglicanism's greatest exemplars."
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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Morehouse Publishing
ISBN 081922247X ISBN13 9780819222473
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More About Alan Jones
Professor Alan Jones is a recently retired Academic that is still involved in aspects of chemistry education. For many years Alan Jones taught chemistry to health students at Nottingham Trent University.
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Interesting, Helpful and Clarifying May 20, 2007
I was not expecting this book to propose specific suggestions to solve the ongoing controversy in the Anglican Communion between the "liberals" and the "fundamentalists" which centers chiefly on homosexuality and what should be the Church's "stand" on it.
I like the book because Alan Jones in a very brief volume, and in his typical charming, insightful, but often meandering style does an excellent job IMO of getting to the core of Anglicanism. Anglicanism is the "Via Media" which doesn't mean -- "neither here nor there". The Via Media arises from a respect for mystery in religious experience, and that God is a mystery impossible to encapsulate in a concept or dogma. The Anglican allows for freedom from rigidly held doctrines, and stresses knowing God through experience centered in worship.
Alan Jones in tracing the roots and history of Anglicanism discovers a church whose history and traditions have created a body of Christians who stress love and tolerance -- with considerable freedom in specific beliefs.
Should any segment of the Anglican Communion separate themselves from the main body over the ordination of women priests, gay priests, or performing marriage ceremonies for gay or lesbian couples? That is something for each of these groups to decide -- prayerfully and wisely. They should also consider what they will lose if they break from the main body of the Church, and be careful that after they secede they do not gravitate into rigid formalism, literalism, and dogmatism --- often characteristic of fundamentalists among all religious persuasions.
Don't waste your money Sep 26, 2006
The title of the book suggests that it will provide a vision for Anglicanism that is satisfying, or at least accomodating to those involved in the contemporary controversy. It is long on promise and short on delivery. If the reader is hoping for a book to assist them in clearing away the debris in the field of the Anglican landscape, this is not the book for you. Jones rehearses the same tired mantras that have been associated with the Episcopal Church for some time now. This book is another example of those saying that Christians need to get along, but Jones delivers almost nothing in the way of genuine solutions. His work, like many others, assumes that if the disputing parties understood each other better, they would be further along in the reconciliation process. The truth is, understanding the opposite position better may increase the volatility of the argument. Sometimes their is no third alternative, because positions are incompatible with one another, and mutually exclusive.