The first Book of Common Prayer appeared in 1549. It contained services for daily worship, both morning and evening, and forms for the administration of baptism and the Lord's Supper, along with other ceremonies that were used less often. The services were full of biblical phrases and imagery, and English people absorbed a considerable knowledge of Scripture from the Prayer Book, which was often repeated and easily memorized. The most important service was the one for the Lord's Supper.Read more
"The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it," Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project, said. "It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid."Read more
Anglicanism is a happy blend of ancient Catholicism and Reformational insight. It drinks appreciatively from two wholesome fountains: the orthodoxy of the fathers and the early Creeds, and the confessional stance of the Protestant divines of the fifteen and sixteen hundreds. Although some demur at the term, Anglicanism offers the world a Reformed Catholicism, a combination of the cream of Christian thought and spirituality.Read more
Most Western Christians have been taught that Jesus died so that they could escape the results of sin and go to heaven after they die. The New Testament, however, regularly speaks of Jesus' death as the defeat of the powers of evil that have kept the world in captivity, with the implication that the world is actually going to change as a result--through the life and work and witness of those who believe this good news. Think of Revelation 5:9--10.Read more
The Teaching of the Fathers
Anglicans have classically looked to the early church for our basic standards of belief. The reforms of the 16th century that produced the Book of Common Prayer and the Church of England, were an effort to go back to the sources, to Scripture, but also to the Christianity of the first few centuries. Lancelot Andrewes, the great Anglican divine of the 17th century, put it this way:Read more
'The Bible is not one book but a series of books and within those books, written by a variety of authors, are a number of different perspectives but also shifts in perspective about particular topics. Biblical texts are not God's words, dictated by Him to human authors, but are the inspired response to revelation. The response is a human response however and cannot be regarded as being identical with that revelation especially since parts of the Bible are at variance with other parts.'Read more
Delegates at the sixth Anglican Global South conference in Cairo heard new research from the foremost scholar of the formational Anglican, Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr. Ashley Null is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is currently compiling a five-volume study of Cranmer's private theological notebooks.Read more
In Jesus, the kingdom of God that was longed for (as a future age in human history when God rules a universe not spoiled by sin, darkness, decay or death) has been inaugurated and is awaiting completion.
The risen Christ is extending the kingdom of God in the world through His Church. (Acts 1: 1-8)
In that sense, mission to the world is broader than 'world evangelisation'. The book of Acts shows us what is involved.Read more
These arguments await explicit unpacking, but sifting the evidence remains the task of a generation of future scholars, many of them from Africa, to restudy the flow of ideas from Africa to Europe, and better describe their impact.
Oden writes, "I am convinced, however, that when the evidence is rightly digested, it will again reshape modern African Christian identity and motivation."Read more
It's easy to see why memory was so important to ancient peoples and that custodians of a community's knowledge (religious leaders, elders, etc) would have elevated social status as a result. The question is, how did people do this? Are we just out of practice? How is it that ancient memories were so much better than our own?Read more
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