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Anglicans Online last updated 20 August 2000
England on Edge: Crisis and Revolution 1640-1642, by David Cressy reviewed in the Church Times by Jonathan Clark.
Religious Identities in Henry VIII's England, by Peter Marshall is reviewed in the Church Times by Alec Ryrie. [Henry VIII] is comic enough at a safe distance, perhaps: but this monster of egotism and do-it-yourself theology also (not quite unwittingly) created an international Christian denomination. And yet his religion and the religious events of his reign are still tangled in confusion, a tangle that affects us all.
Shades of Grey: Making Choices in Uncertainty, by Dudley Coates, reviewed in the Church Times by Sarah Mullally. 'His theological foundation for the book is the incarnation: God has chosen to immerse his "God-self" in the complexities and uncertainty of human life; and to follow Jesus is to do the same. [A British civil servant] refers to this type of decision-making process [where there are no right or wrong answers] as "making choices in uncertainty", and sees it as a reflection of the grey world we inhabit, where answers are never black or white.'
The Unseen World, by John Mason Neale (1853 edition). Just in time for Halloween, Project Canterbury has digitised this curious collection of conversations about the supernatural by one of our tradition's greatest hymnographers and church historians. Neale's 'aim is to set forth Christian views on a point of popular belief which writers have generally considered worthy of ridicule or pity, or at least susceptible of a natural explanation'.
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Let's bring back the hymns that pack a punch: In the Times (London), Catherine Fox asks where all the old smiting and fighting songs have gone.
Obituary: The Very Reverend Michael Mayne, aged 77, was Dean of Westminster from 1986 to 1996, having previously spent seven years in Cambridge as Vicar of Great St Mary's, the university church; earlier he had been Head of Religious Programmes Radio at the BBC.
Obituary: The Reverend Arthur Peacocke made a significant contribution to the understanding of the structure of DNA during his early career as a scientist, though he became better known, after his ordination as an Anglican priest, as a leading advocate of the proposition that the antagonism between science and religion is based on a fallacy.
Politically dangerous: Archbishop Rowan Williams writes in the Times (London) on the visibility of religious symbols in public life. 'So the ideal of a society where no visible public signs of religion would be seen—no crosses around necks, no sidelocks, turbans or veils—is a politically dangerous one. It assumes that what comes first in society is the central political “licensing authority”, which has all the resource it needs to create a workable public morality.'
The Sunday Paper. 'The Sunday Paper is informal, whimsical, faithful to Scripture, and in dead earnest. It is not condescending or cute. It helps children to acquire a vocabulary of crucial Scriptural images, and to relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the Church, and their own lives.' 'The original Sunday Paper appeals to intermediate through junior high, and presents one lesson (usually the Gospel) as a two-line cartoon; the other readings, and the Psalm, are presented as single vignettes'.
Religion and Law: An Introduction, by Peter W. Edge, reviewed in the Church Times by Mark Hill. Mark Hill considers what law and religion say to each other.
Urban Hope and Spiritual Health: The Adolescent Voice, by Leslie J. Francis and Mandy Robbin, reviewed by Nick Shepherd in the Church Times. Francis and Robbin 'examine adolescent faith and spirituality in the context of contemporary society ... [and though] there is nothing specifically urban about the research, it assesses the impact on young people's spiritual health of a variety of more general social factors, such as gender, the influence of schooling, religious affiliation, north-south geographical location, and others.
Worship in Context: Liturgical Theology, Children and the City, by Stephen Burns reviewed by John Pridmore in the Church Times. 'No less than five fields are brought within a single frame of reference - the Church of Eng-land's 2002 publication New Patterns for Worship, current trends in urban theology, children in the Church, contemporary North American liturgical theology, and an experimental eucharistic liturgy composed and used in Gateshead.'
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Reunion and the Roman Primacy, by C. L. Wood (1925). In this paper, written on the sixtieth anniversary of Lord Halifax's membership in the English Church Union, this able and prolific expounder of Anglo-Catholic principles examines the place of the Bishop of Rome in Christian unity.
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A new peal: Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York has received a US$1 million grant from a British philanthropist for twelve new bells. This page provides in-depth information on the bells and their production. They will be rung for the first time on 28 October, and the set will be the only twelve-bell peal in the United States.
Obituary: Anne Maddocks, the first female organist at Chichester cathedral, who supported her husband's healing ministry. In the Telegraph (UK).
Prayer is what anyone can do: Christopher Howse writes in the Telegraph (UK).
Prepare Thee for Some Serious Marketing: In the New York Times, Fara Warner surveys the 'branding strategies' of some American denominations.
School-in-a-box: We learned this week (from this National Public Radio story) about UNICEF's School-in-a-Box program. It provides an aluminum box that 'contains classroom supplies for up to 80 students, and 10,000 kits were distributed in Pakistan over the past year. The 110-pound boxes are often carried by donkeys or small boats. The culturally neutral materials include writing utensils, notebooks, rulers, counting blocks and posters.' We wonder how many parishes, dioceses, church organizations and companies might be willing to forego some pleasure in the coming months to donate the funds necessary for this remarkable effort.
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