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Anglican Covenant: Unity and Diversity in the Anglican Communion (Affirming Catholicism) [Paperback]

By Mark Chapman (Editor)
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Item description for Anglican Covenant: Unity and Diversity in the Anglican Communion (Affirming Catholicism) by Mark Chapman...

The Anglican Covenant will be crucial reading for all those involved in preparing for the Lambeth Conference of 2008.

This book presents a sober and dispassionate discussion of the theology and politics behind the Covenant.

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This book is a collection of essays by leading theologians and church leaders on the implications of the proposed Anglican Covenant, which has been offered as a solution to the recent crises facing worldwide Anglicanism. At the Anglican Primates' meeting in February 2007 a draft Covenant was commended for study by the constituent churches of the Anglican Communion. This book presents a sober and dispassionate discussion of the theology and politics behind the Covenant. The writers represent a number of different theological traditions and disciplines within and beyond Anglicanism. What unites them is a desire to understand other opinions and to listen to different views. The contributors include theological educators, church historians, ethicists, biblical scholars, and canonists from different parts of the Anglican Communion and from ecumenical partners. While the book aims to be dispassionate and to stand apart from the rhetoric of ecclesiastical parties, it also offers original and thought-provoking discussions based on detailed and thorough scholarship.
In his introduction Mark Chapman discusses the development of the authority structures of the Anglican Communion, as well as the recent history of conflict between the member churches, particularly over the issue of homosexuality. Ecumenical reflections on conciliarity are offered by Paul McPartlan, a leading Roman Catholic scholar, and Kenneth Wilson, a prominent Methodist. John Barton, Professor of Old Testament at Oxford University, contributes a chapter on the concept of Covenant in the Old Testament tradition. This book provides a valuable resource for global Anglicanism as it begins to develop the final version of the Covenant over the coming years. It will be crucial reading for all those involved in preparing for the Lambeth Conference of 2008.

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Studio: Andrew Mowbray Incorporated, Publishers
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 25, 2008
Publisher   Andrew Mowbray Incorporated, Publishers
ISBN  0567032531  
ISBN13  9780567032539  

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More About Mark Chapman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and a Reader in Modern Theology at the University of Oxford, UK. He has written widely on modern church history, ethics and theology. His books include Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology (Oxford), The Coming Crisis (Sheffield), Blair's Britain (DLT) and Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford). The Revd Jeffrey John is Dean of St Alban's Cathedral, UK.

Mark Chapman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Affirming Catholicism
  2. Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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Hugely Disappointing  Dec 17, 2009
Recent years have seen a veritable watershed in boring, banal, and historically and theologically thin (if not vacuous) analyses of Anglican theology and identity. The present volume, Anglican Covenant: Unity and Diversity in the Anglican Communion, is close to the nadir of current discussions. I was profoundly disappointed by this book because a) I have read some of Mark Chapman's other work (he edits this volume), and it was quite good; and b) I have read some other publications by Affirming Catholicism, which were at the very least thoughtful, even if not brilliant. The only thing that the present collection of essays reveals is that Anglicans - at least those in this book - have neither the intellectual depth to offer any serious comment about the proposed Covenant, nor the theological imagination to integrate the proposed Covenant into the broader sweep of Biblical and Catholic history. All we get - literally - is one side that says "it's this or nothing" and another side that says "well, maybe not."

Several of the essays are especially memorable because they are so fantastically disappointing. Charlotte Methuen's essay, `From all nations and Languages' Reflections on Church, Catholicity and Culture, is quite literally a collection of about two dozen lengthy block quotes, interspersed with some commentary. She has no thesis that drives her paper, and the excessive use of others' work without any synthesis or clear argument of her own makes, at the very least, for tedious reading. Stated somewhat differently, I would never, ever accept a paper like hers from any of my students, and I know of no professor or graduate student or secondary teacher who would. The average undergradute in the American university system writes in a more sophisticated fashion that what is evidenced by the essay here in question. Methuen's essay makes the others look brilliant by comparison.

Regrettably, there is no discernible method of organization behind the present volume, and it feels at points a bit haphazard, more interested in the quasi-aesthetic appeal of the location of a given author than in their actual discourse. For example, one essay is subtitled "An African Perspective." I confess to finding this a bit problematic. Africa is hardly a monolithic culture and intellectual continent, and the mere publication of one essay by one African priest hardly justifies the subtitle "An African Perspective." There is nothing in the essay that demonstrates *Africa* as a causal pretext for the author's argument. Perhaps the intention was to be sensitive - to show that liberal Anglo-Catholics in the British Isles can make room for perspectives given by African residents. But the simple truth is that African Anglicans have no real voice in this essay. There is no indication that the author cares about the widespread anti-Western sentiment voiced so frequently by African archbishops such as Peter Akinola and Henry Luke Orombi, and if there are African values and histories that condition African approaches to Scripture, they aren't discussed. The only thing that makes this essay "African" is the fact that it was written by an African. But Africa plays no role the analysis given - and that is not only disappointing, but borders upon mis-representing theological realities at play within the post-colonial world. I consider post-colonial theory to be largely without intellectual foundations, but I recognize that it is a live reality on the ground for tens of millions of Anglican in Africa. Affirming Catholicism could have laid the groundwork for a theologically serious dialogue by reaching to the "third" world. The present volume, sadly, entirely shirks that possibility, and ends up coming off more as a "dialogue" between a small number of participants who have nothing interesting to say and are so myopic in their intellectual horizons that they find this to be acceptable, if not praiseworthy.

Instead of reading these essays, I recommend Norman Doe's An Anglican Covenant? Theological and Legal Considerations for a Global Debate, which looks at the historical, theological, canonical issues at play in the proposed Anglican Covenant. Given Affirming Catholicism's bungle, Doe's work remains, to date, the only serious consideration of the Anglican Covenant - and, therefore, the only book worth reading on point.
Affirming Faith  Nov 19, 2008
"Anglican Covenant" covers much of the debate before the last Lambeth Conference. The chapters are by different authors with varying points of view. This makes it a good reference for anyone who wants to know where one might fit into the on-going discussions (debates) in the Anglican communion. It seems to give hope to various dissenting views in the church, though it really offers no solutions. It is good to understand where people throughout the world stand on the issues, even when there seems to be no solution. The comforting thought is that the communion can hold all those of various views.

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