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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition


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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No Need to Turn Out the Lights: Anglicans in Canada in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries


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No Need to Turn Out the Lights: Anglicans in Canada in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries


‘Will the last Anglican please turn off the lights?’ blared the headline in the National Post in 2006. The story explained that the McKerracher Report (delivered to the bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada) predicted that the church would be extinct by the middle of the twenty-first century. The headlines were based ostensibly on a report given to the semi-annual meeting of the House of Bishops, and the comment highlighted in the headlines was that ‘the last Anglican in Canada will turn out the lights in 2061’.1 Although the report was based on an oral presentation, it did identify a truth: the Anglican Church in Canada had experienced numerical decline. At the same time, there seemed to be no clear evidence, supported in one of the statements made in the news reports that either the Anglican Church was declining faster than all other Canadian Protestant denominations, or that an inevitable end was in sight. In fact, a close reading of Anglican membership statistics and other statistics such as Sunday school attendance and attendance at Easter services, indicate that the strength of affiliation in the Anglican Church persisted for a long time, thereby revealing how recent the numerical downturn identified in the presentation has been. Such an approach also allows for comparison with other Canadian Protestant denominations and places developments...

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