Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 22, 2006 - Religion - 157 pages
What is Anglicanism? How is it different from other forms of Christianity, and how did it come to have so many different versions throughout the world? Although originally united by location and a common belief, Anglicanism has gradually lost its pre-eminence as the English state church due to increasing pluralisation and secularisation. While there are distinctive themes and emphases which emerge from its early history and theology, there is little sense of unity in Anglicanism today. In Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction, Mark Chapman highlights the diversity of contemporary Anglicanism by exploring its fascinating history, theology, and structures. Putting the history and development of the religion into context, Chapman reveals what it is that holds Anglicanism together despite the recent crises that threaten to tear it apart. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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A good book on the Church of England and Anglicanism. Although a bit opionated, it is well worth the read. Chapman does not mince words in his description of events and their causes, but he catches ... Read full review

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Started out interesting but towards the end was bored to tears. Too narrow a focus for a very short introduction Read full review


1 The problems of Anglicanism
2 Establishing the Church
3 Competing visions for the Church of England
4 Evangelicalism
5 AngloCatholicism
6 The global communion
7 The future of Anglicanism
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Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Oxford, and is a historian and historical theologian. He has written extensively on religion and its role in society. He is editor of numerous books and journals, and his publications include iBy what authority? Authority, Ministry and theCatholic Church /i(1997), iLiturgy, Socialism and Life: The Legacy of Conrad Noel/i (2001), and iBuilding Community in South Africa: A Christian Perspective/i (2003).

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