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Reformation Worlds

Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition


Edited By 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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Alan Acheson has a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Belfast. His publications include A History of the Church of Ireland 1691–2001 (2nd ed. 2002), and Bishop John Jebb and the Nineteenth-Century Anglican Renaissance (2013). He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

Andrew Adkins completed a Ph.D. for the Toronto School of Theology in 2014 entitled, For the Love of Right Angles: Bedan Archetypes of Ethnicity as a Mystical Map of the Human Condition Integrated in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. He is an independent scholar living in Toronto, and a former lecturer in history, philosophy, theology and English at Maranatha University College in Accra, Ghana.

Mwita Akiri received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 for his work on The Growth of Christianity in Ugogo and Ukaguru (Central Tanzania): A Socio-Historical Analysis of the Role of Indigenous Agents 1876–1933. He is Bishop of Tarime in the Anglican Church of Tanzania. He is Research Professor of Mission and African History at Wycliffe College. His main academic interest is in the area of the historical interaction of the ‘West’ with African religious, social and cultural heritage. Mwita has contributed a number of online biographical articles for the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

Brian Clarke, Ph.D., teaches church history at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology. With Stuart Macdonald he has been working on a project exploring changes within Christianity in Canada, using the census, data from churches, and attendance data.

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