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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition

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Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power

A reassessment of the precedents, course, and legacy of the Reformation has occurred in the present generation of academic writing. This collection of essays brings together research by established and new scholars on themes of the Reformation with a particular focus on its antecedents and legacies in the Anglican tradition. Utilizing a diversity of topics, approaches, and methods, this book adds measurably to our knowledge of the place of the Reformation in Britain and Ireland as well as its European, North American, and African particularities.
Exploring a variety of themes, this collection examines the Reformation in relation to key aspects of church organization, belief, sacrament, conversion, relationships with other denominations, theological education, church and state, worship, and issues of resilience and decline. While these themes are pursued broadly, there is a particular focus on the context of the Anglican tradition in terms of Reformation preoccupations and concerns. This collection’s thematic content, chronological span, and geographical range will also challenge accepted views, deepen understanding, and highlight new areas of enquiry, bringing new research and insights to bear on established observations.
Academics will find this book of particular interest for courses on the Reformation, Early Modern Europe, and the history of Christianity.
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The Venerable Bede as a Visionary for Unified Christian Identities in the Anglosphere

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The Venerable Bede as a Visionary for Unified Christian Identities in the Anglosphere

ANDREW ADKINS

Nicene Trinitarians of every sort increasingly recognize the problem of oppositional Christian identities linked to the Fourth Ecumenical Council, the Great Schism of 1054 and the Reformation. No doubt the combined force of trenchant Secular Humanism and volatile Islam within the Anglosphere, and beyond it, have persuaded many Christian thinkers, such as Ephraim Radner, that complete like-mindedness in theological matters is now, and may always have been, unaffordable. As Christian influence wanes worldwide, vigilance over ecclesial identities—especially those of early modern times—is declining. Anglospheric (and Eurospheric) faithful often marry across denominational lines or shift denominational loyalties; and Christians in Africa and Asia find oppositional Christian identities at best alien to their histories and at worst tragic before violent hostility to baptism. Radner supposes, then, that loyalists to Protestant or Catholic reform, revivalist or renewal movements fight battles pertinent to the circumstances of a yesteryear long since passed. By implication, the self-denial of Trinitarian water baptism in the agnostic indifference of consumerist culture should lead to mutual recognition; and readiness for the baptism of blood should become a reasonable basis for some kind of fellowship, whether of service or prayer, word or sacrament.

Bede’s Judeo-Christian Heuristic as a Model for the Integration of Christian Identities

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