In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 13, 2014 - Religion - 416 pages
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Anglican theology has been a hotbed of debate about the
issue of authority since the Reformation. What do we really appeal to when
attempting to decide matters of doctrine, worship, ministry or ethics? The
debate is very much alive today, between Evangelical, Liberal and Catholic
Anglicans around the world. This proposed book focuses on the understanding of authority in Anglican theology.

It looks at the way that
Anglican theologians, in the past and today, have developed their theories of
authority in relation to burning issues. Avis critiques them in a continuous
dialogue or running commentary and set them in an ecumenical context, comparing
Anglican positions with Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant ones.
In each area - Bible, tradition, reason, experience -he sets out a new understanding of authority in a constructive
and persuasive way, moving to a series of overall conclusions and
recommendations. The sharp critiques of various positions will help to make it
the subject of discussion and debate.
 

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Contents

I Polemics and the Bible
1
II History and tradition
63
Chapter 3 Richard Hookers theological method
93
I Method Scripture and tradition
131
II The authority of reason and the validity of tradition
169
Doubt risk and probability
209
Chapter 7 Aspects of the Anglican Enlightenment
237
Chapter 8 Founders of the Enlightenment attitude
269
Chapter 9 Exponents of the Anglican Enlightenment
289
Bibliography of works cited
345
Index of Names
385
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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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