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By Bruce Kaye

What's the nature of global Anglicanism in a postcolonial, worldwide age? This ebook presents the main to realizing either the nature of this Christian culture and the fundamental nature of present disputes. It describes the rules of the culture and descriptions its primary ideals and practices, concentrating on venture, liturgy, engagement with others, and gear, wisdom and authority within the church. It comprises chapters on women's ordination and on homosexuality within the public lifetime of the church, and the ultimate bankruptcy appears to the demanding situations of the longer term.

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Hastings, The Construction of Nationhood, p. 39. Hastings is alluding here to B. Anderson, Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 1991). G. 2 (1986), p. 220. , p. 221. Forming an Anglican nation in England 25 influence went a long way towards bringing it into real political and social existence. In doing so he helped to shape the way in which the Norman Conquest reinforced the sense of Englishness by a political and ecclesiastical consolidation of the country. He facilitated a way of seeing the nation as Christian, with an ecclesiastical hierarchy and a monastic tradition, with its own English character and a sense of belonging to catholic Christianity in Europe.

But when it comes to Theodore there is a new aspect to the model of the leader of the church. Here is an archbishop who lives like a monk, but who acts out of a sense that his office as a bishop implies personal power and jurisdiction. , III,25, p. 189. , III,25, p. 192. , IV,2, p. 206. 22 An Introduction to World Anglicanism deposed Chad, who had been irregularly made bishop of the Northumbrians and later became bishop of Lichfield. Theodore appointed bishops and consecrated them and called two synods, the first at Hertford in AD 673: Theodore summoned a council of bishops and many other teachers of the Church who both understood and loved the canonical statutes of the Fathers.

However, Methodism was by far the most subversive dissenting movement in the eighteenth century, because it was home-grown and politically loyal. The Wesley brothers claimed to be Anglicans, and to all intents and purposes they were. They experienced and promoted a form of religious life that could conceivably sit alongside the structured life of the national church. It was institutional matters that caused an organisational separation. In 1760 Methodist preachers are recorded as having celebrated communion, and in 1784 John Wesley laid hands on the ordained Anglican priest Thomas Coke as the Superintendent for Methodists in America.

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