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The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology
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The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology


T&T Clark 2008

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Anglicanism can be wonderful, mystifying, and infuriating. For some, it is an expression of the Church catholic, going back to the early Church and the apostles. For others it is a pragmatic compromise dating from Henry VIII's dynastic ambitions. Some see Anglicanism today as self-destructing, torn apart by internal pressures.

Paul Avis expounds an Anglicanism that is both catholic and reformed and open to fresh insight. On this interpretation, what is distinctive about Anglicanism is its understanding of the Church and of authority. These issues are addressed in relation to the origins of Anglican ecclesiology, the diversity and coherence of the worldwide Anglican Communion, its understanding of baptism and the Eucharist, the question of women priests and bishops, its ecumenical engagement and the internal conflicts of the early twenty-first century. This is an authoritative and passionate vindication of classical Anglicanism, evolving to respond to contemporary challenges.

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Key Features

  • Clear explanation of Anglican practices and beliefs
  • Index of names
  • Glossary


  • Keeping Faith with Anglicanism
  • What is Anglicanism?
  • The Distinctiveness of Anglicanism
  • The Identity of the Anglican Communion
  • Anglicanism and Eucharistic Ecclesiology
  • Anglicanism and Baptismal Ecclesiology
  • Reforming the Ministry - Ordaining Women
  • Anglican Orders - From Apostolicae Curae to Women Bishops
  • Anglican Ecclesiology in the Twenty-first Century
  • Jesus Christ and Anglicanism
  • Anglicanism in Memory and Hope

Praise for the Print Edition

Dr. Avis is well-qualified to produce such a study, for he is widely read in Anglican history and in classical anglican divinity . . . this work deserves to be read trough from start to finish . . . Each chapter can also stand on its own and it is available to the reader for future reference. This is, in fact, an excellent resource book, in which may be found the principal texts that, in various ways, inform and govern the Anglican churches.

—Alec Graham, Sometime Bishop of Newcastle

"One comes away from this closely argued and very knowledgeable book with a sense that Anglicanism may hold a position that does take much of what is best from both the Reformed and the Roman Catholic camps...Dr. Avis does a splendid job of giving his description of the identity of Anglicanism.

—Glen Ebisch, Catholic Library World

He has done a fine job, producing a cogent book with invisible seams...written with Avis’ customary lucidity and sharpness.

—Wesley Carr, Theology

Product Details

  • Title: The Identity of Anglicanism: Essentials of Anglican Ecclesiology
  • Author: Paul Avis
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 216

About Paul Avis

Paul Avis has served as the General Secretary of the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity and has been involved in numerous theological dialogues and conversations, both in the UK and internationally. He is now Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office, London, supporting various international commissions. He is also convening editor of the journal Ecclesiology.

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